February 07, 2019
Wellington embraces te reo message
With Wellington about to experience a flood of Māori visitors for Te Matatini, Wellingtonians will be encouraged to give te reo Māori a go this month.
Mayor Justin Lester says the council wants everyone in the capital to welcome the 46 kapa haka teams and their supporters and to take the opportunity to learn some simple te reo Māori.
He says when you say kia ora, mōrena, or haere mai you are showing pride in a distinctive New Zealand culture and heritage.
The Kia Kaha te reo Māori campaign is a partnership with the Māori language commission Te Taura Whiri.
Fifty central city businesses have been encouraged to join in, and participating hotels, cafes and retailers will have a “Kia kaha te reo Māori” sticker in their shop window or at payment counters and phrase cards available to assist staff and patrons to learn simple te reo Māori words.
Colourful Piki mai ki Pōneke” street flags to welcome Te Matatini visitors to Wellington and posters promoting the campaign were installed around the city this week.
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