April 23, 2019
Wellington Council shares reo advocacy work
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says a mahi tahi agreement Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori will allow the council to ramp up its efforts to turn the city into a te reo Māori capital.
The council has previously partnered with the Maori language commission on projects such as the haka pedestrian lanterns and te reo Māori street flags.
The agreement commits the two organisations to combining resources to increase the use, status and modern-day relevance of te reo Māori.
This could include advice, research and planning support, collaboration on projects in the city, the sharing of language resources, partner on events of city, regional and national significance.
"It'll be round parades we have in the city to highlight the awareness of te reo Māori and te wiki o te reo Māori. It will be signage. It will be casual interactions on a daily basis. It will be renaming of some of our largest destinations and institutions and making sure we use the appropriate names," Mayor Lester says.
He would like to see government coming to the party with te reo Māori a core subject in schools.
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