June 21, 2018
Roia Maori embrace te reo
Wellington-based Kahui Legal has become the first law firm to sign up for a language plan with the Māori Language Commission Te Taura Whiri.
Solicitor Aperahama Hurihanganui says the plan sets short, medium and long term goals and allows the firm to tailor training at the level different staff members are at.
The majority of Kahui’s staff and clients are Maori.
"We have some clients who call us or email us and they use te reo so we want to make sure we can respond accordingly in te reo when we need to and some of the work we are required to undertake for clients involves te reo," Mr Hurihananui says.
Requests from clients include preparing affadavits in te reo Māori, translating legislation into Māori and presenting submissions to the Waitangi Tribunal in te reo.
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