September 13, 2021
Kuri care in Wellington reo playbook
Wellington City Council is marking Te Wiki o te reo Māori with advice on how to teach your dog tricks in te reo Māori.
It’s also using social media to help people with the correct pronunciation of well-known streets and place names and playing waiata Māori on its contact centre hold call service.
Because face to face events can’t happen under alert level 2 rules, Wellington City Libraries will use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and its website to share stories; games for tamariki and whānau to play; waiata to sing; language and history resources and books, plus links to speakers.
Councillor Jill Day says the council plays an important role in making sure the reo Māori is used in the city is accurate, and it will continue to identify and correct names that have been wrongly used on streets and places.
The council’s Te Tauihu policy introduced in 2018 recognises the status of te reo Māori as a taonga, and it has a target to be the only te reo Māori capital city in the world.