June 01, 2016
Roia riled at bad reo
Mangling Maori place names should be a thing of the past, according to the Maori lawyers.
The Maori law society Te Hunga Roia Maori o Aotearoa says the passing of the Maori Language (Te Reo Maori) Act makes it timely for people to improve the way they use the language.
Aidan Warren, the society’s tumuaki tane, says the pronunciation of place names is a practical way te reo Maori can be honoured.
There are numerous resources that can assist people to improve their pronunciation skills, including YouTube tutorials and local community lessons.
Its tumuaki wahine, Rachel Mullins, says complacency or reverting to anglicised versions of place names is no longer acceptable among the general population.
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