July 17, 2019
Te Reo acceptance good for workplace
Organisations which incorporate te reo me ngā tikanga Māori in their workplaces benefit from improved cultural satisfaction and increased job satisfaction.
That's the finding of research done by AUT's Te Ipukarea National Māori Language Institute and the New Zealand Work Research Institute for the Māori Language Commission.
Organisations generally start including more te reo me ngā tikanga Māori because they want to better reflect their staff and customers.
Te Ipukarea director Tania Ka'ai says the research uncovered obstacles, such as organisations and their staff were worried about mispronouncing te reo Māori, and so hesitated to begin introducing even simple examples into daily practice.
She says an important part of any language learning journey is getting over feelings of anxiety or whakamā and giving it a go, as any use of te reo Māori – even if not executed perfectly – enhances its progress.
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