July 31, 2017
First bilingual city only weeks away
There's support for Rotorua to become the country's first official bilingual City.
Councillors voted unanimously last week in favour of giving te reo more prominence
Chair of Te Tatou o Te Arawa Board, Te Taru White says it makes sense in Rotorua with half the Streets named after tupuna.
"And when you look at the names of those streets that capture a lot about our history about our place, our people our culture for example Haupapa, Pukuatua and Fenton they were signatories obviously to the Fenton agreement. Then you have Hinemoa and Tutanekai street. People think they are mythical people they're real they're our ancestors. The ability to highlight those names lift them up out of the landscape give them real experience. There's got to be something addition not only to the vibrancy of the language but to the international tourism offering as well," says Te Taru White.
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