Kia Ora Maori Language Week

(Published on 13th September 2017)

The theme for Māori Language Week 2017 is 'Kia ora'. Staff at NZ Landcare Trust are supporting this years initiative by getting involved in a fun daily quiz. The annual celebration of Te Reo Māori also presents a perfect opportunity to highlight the highly successful bi-lingual resources previously published by the Trust.

Bay of Plenty Regional Coordinator Janie Stevenson has led the way with the staff quiz, compiling and distributing material each day. Janie wanted to celebrate the week by giving colleagues the chance to have fun while learning - something to have a go at without any pressure.

Staff have responded positively and enjoyed the opportunity to test their knowledge. The current challenge is to order a flat white - a video helped immensely with pronunciation.

The Trust has published two bi-lingual resources that underline the importance of working with Māori communities on sustainable land and water management initiatives. Firstly 'Waikato River Restoration: A Bi-lingual Guide' which was launched by the Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy in July 2014.

The publication was created in close consultation  with Waikato Tainui and aimed to encourage people to get involved in restoration projects by offering examples of practical solutions. It contains a series of case studies demonstrating the diversity of work underway - farmer led, research led, industry led and community led. The Guide also reflects upon the close links iwi have with the Waikato River and highlights an optimistic new era of co-management and co-governance, where iwi have a growing involvement in the future management of the river.

Secondly, 'Hooked on Native Fish' has become a hugely popular resource that has been fully translated into Te Reo. There are six fact sheets in the series which focuses on New Zealand's unique freshwater fish and highlights the factors that impact on their survival.

 

Both resources are available for download from the NZ Landcare Trust website:

 

More information about Maori Language Week 2017 can be found o the Maori Language Commission website:

 

 

 

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