September 10, 2019
Renamed parks long term language week legacy
Auckland mayor Phil Goff says the city wants to encourage and promote Māori language and culture – and not just for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.
For the week its agenda and council papers include bilingual headings, signage in its buildings are bilingual, and Auckland Transport is making bilingual announcements on its trains.
"I also think it's quite important what our local boards and the governing body are doing working with iwi to co-name parks which may have a Pākehā name but have lost the original Māori name for the area, so the co-naming of parks and open spaces is another thing we are trying to do to encourage and respect te reo Māori," Mr Goff says.
Auckland Council is also backing Māori Language Week parades on Maungakiekie on Thursday and Manukau on Friday.
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