Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori - Te mihi ki Google me Stuff
Māori Language Week – Congratulations to Google and Stuff
Auckland, 12 September 2017 – Words matter. Spelling and pronunciation matter too. Literacy Aotearoa congratulates international search giant Google, which has promised to start pronouncing Māori place names correctly by the end of the year.
And a mihi nui (congratulations) to Stuff, too, for committing to introduce tohutō (macrons) for Māori words online and in print.
“These commitments not only show respect to Māori and help improve everybody’s pronunciation they will inspire other businesses to follow suit,” says Literacy Aotearoa Te Tumuaki (Chief Executive), Bronwyn Yates.
“Every time an institution demonstrates respect for Te Reo Māori it helps focus attention on the importance of language competence. Every adult who wants to improve their literacy skills sees the effort and commitment and is validated and encouraged.”
Other initiatives include Air New Zealand’s incorporation of Te Reo Māori on their flights, Dave Dobbyn’s re-recording of “Nau Mai Rā” (Welcome Home), the re-launch of Disney’s “Moana” in Te Reo Māori, and new look police vehicles sporting "pirihimana" (police) signs and new GIFs for social platforms from Māori Television.
“Our challenge, to all businesses in New Zealand, is to adopt something that shows respect for Te Reo Māori,” says Ms Yates. “Make a change to the way you answer the phone, to the way you open meetings, to your signage. You don’t have to be fluent. All we’re asking is that you show respect by trying.”
Tāmaki makaurau, te 12 o Mahuru, 2017 - He mea nui te kupu. He mea nui hoki te tātaki kupu me te whakahua kupu. E mihi ana a Literacy Aotearoa ki te pūnaha rapu ā-ipurangi nunui o te ao, ki a Google, kua kī taurangi mai ka tika tana whakahua i ngā ingoa o ngā wāhi Māori, i mua i te paunga o te tau.
He mihi nui hoki ki a Stuff, mōna i whakaae kia uru ngā tohutō ki ngā kupu Māori i te ipurangi, i ngā tānga ā-pepa anō hoki.
"I tua atu i te whakaaturanga o te whakaaro nui ki te Māori, me te āwhina ki te whakapai ake i te whakahua a te katoa, mā ēnei whakatau e whakaaweawe ētahi atu pakihi kia pēnei," hei tā Te Tumuaki o Literacy Aotearoa, hei tā Bronwyn Yates.
"I ia whakaaturanga o te whakaaro nui ki te reo Māori e tētahi whakahaere, he āwhina tēnei ki te whakawhāiti i te arotahi ki te hiranga o te mātau ki te reo. Ka kitea e ia pakeke e hiahia ana ki te whakapai ake i ōna pūkenga pānui, tuhituhi hoki, te whakapaunga o te kaha me te ngākau nui, ā, i konā kua whakamanahia, kua whakatenatenahia hoki tāna whai."
Arā anō ētahi atu kaupapa pērā i te whakamahinga o te reo Māori e Air New Zealand i ō rātou rerenga, i te hopukanga anō o te waiata o "Nau Mai Rā" (Welcome Home) e Dave Dobbyn, i te whakarewanga anō o te kiriata a Disney, arā o "Moana" ki te reo Māori, i ngā waka peiāhara hou anō hoki kua tāngia ki te tohu "pirihimana" tae atu ki ngā kōnae whakaahua hou mō ngā ara pāhopori a Whakaata Māori.
"Ko tā mātou wero ki ngā pakihi katoa i Aotearoa, kia whāia tētahi ara hei whakaatu i te whakaaro nui ki te reo Māori." hei tā Yates. "Whakarerekēhia te āhua o tō whakautu i te waea, o tō whakatuwhera hui, o ō tohu. Ehara i te mea me matatau koutou. Ko tā mātou noa iho e tono nei, kia whakaatuhia te whakaaro nui mā te whakatau."
About Literacy Aotearoa
Literacy Aotearoa is a national organisation of adult literacy providers and a leading commentator on literacy issues in Aotearoa (New Zealand). It delivers a range of programmes to meet the needs of adults who want to improve their literacy, numeracy and communication skills. It has a membership of 35 member providers (Ngā Poupou) who deliver training and adult literacy services in 47 locations throughout the country. Last year its 581 active tutors delivered 257,393 programme hours to increase the literacy, numeracy and language skill levels of 7,446 New Zealanders. It maintains alliances and works closely with iwi, tertiary education institutions adult and community education providers and government agencies.
Te Tumuaki, Literacy Aotearoa
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