September 16, 2021
Consumers spoiled for choice with reo resources
A wide range of resources have been released for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.
KiwiSaver adviser National Capital has published Te Tūranga o KiwiSaver, a translation of its KiwiSaver Basics Guide.
Director Clive Fernandes says more than 1 in 6 Māori adults say they can speak te reo Māori well, so making financial information accessible for Māori in their native tongue improves financial literacy and enhance retirement and first home savings for te ao Māori.
Consumer NZ announced a pay forward initiative, Utua Atu, which lets people and organisations donate memberships to vulnerable consumers who wouldn’t otherwise be able to use the not-for-profit’s services.
Social agencies such as FinCap, Habitat for Humanity, Renters United, and Sustainability Trust will identify those who would most benefit from a membership so they can access the Consumer website or call on its expert advisers for help with their consumer issues.
And Māori broadcast funding agency Te Māngai Pāho has worked with technology company Octave to produce Reo Ako, an online translation tool that can be incorporated into websites.
Chief executive Larry Parr says users will be able to learn a word’s translation, its definition and hear the te reo Māori pronunciation.