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Media Statement: For Immediate Release 31 May 2016

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Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa, the New Zealand Māori Law Society joins the call by te reo Māori advocates such as Will Edwards of Te Reo o Taranaki, for all New Zealanders to consider their pronunciation of te reo Māori, in particular Māori place names.[1] Aidan Warren, Tumuaki Tane of Te Hunga Rōia Māori notes that “te reo Māori must be honoured in the way that it is spoken and that the pronunciation of place names is a practical way of ensuring that respect. There are numerous resources that can assist people to improve their pronunciation skills from YouTube tutorials to local Māori te reo initiatives run by local Māori in the community.”

Rachel Mullins, Tumuaki Wahine also notes that “complacency or reverting to anglicized versions of place names is no longer acceptable among the general population. Te reo Māori is now more regularly used within the legal environment and in April of this year, Te Pire Mo Te Reo Māori (the Māori Language Act) was passed making it timely for us all to be proactive in improving how we use te reo Māori.”

Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa is a national Māori body whose membership includes Māori members of the judiciary, members of parliament, legal practitioners, legal academics, public servants and law students. Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa focuses on strengthening networks amongst its membership, making submissions on a range of policies and proposed legislation, ensuring representation of its membership on various legal committees and holding an annual national hui.

Contact details:

Aidan Warren phone (07) 958 7426 mobile 021 1900 788

Rachel Mullins phone (07) 958 7433 mobile 021 1900 799

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E tautoko ana a Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa i te whakatenatena o ngā kaihāpai reo Māori pērā i a Will Edwards nō Te Reo o Taranaki kia whakapakari katoa ngā tāngata o Aotearoa i te mita, i te whakahua o te reo Māori, tae noa atu ki ngā ingoa Māori o ngā  wāhi whenua.  Hei tā Aidan Warren, te Tumuaki Tāne o Te Hunga Rōia Māori, “he mana anō tō te reo Māori, mā te whakahua tika i te reo, i ngā ingoa Māori o ngā wāhi whenua, ka whai mana ai te reo. He maha rawa ngā rauemi hei arahi i ngā tāngata ki te   whakapakari i tō rātou mita, mai i ngā akomanga YouTube tae atu ki ngā kaupapa hāpori. 

E ai ki a Rachel Mullins, Tumuaki Wahine, “kua kore e whakaae te nuinga o te hāpori ki te mangere o ētehi, te hunga whakapākehā rānei i ngā ingoa Māori, ingoa tūturu o ngā wāhi whenua. Kua rangona whānuitia te reo Māori i roto i te ao ture. I te Aperira o tēnei tau i whakamanaia ai te Ture Reo Māori, ā, e tika ana kia āta whakaaro tātou katoa me pewhea tātou e hāpai ai i te reo Māori.” 

Nō te motu katoa ngā mema o Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa, he mema katoa ngā kaiwhakawā Māori, ngā mema Paremata Māori, ngā rōia Māori, nga kaiako ture Māori, ngā kaimahi o te kāwanatanga me ngā tauira ture Māori.  Ko ētehi o ngā mahi o Te Hunga  Rōia Māori o Aotearoa he hāpai i ngā hononga i waenganui i te hunga rōia Māori, he tuku tono mō ngā kaupapa here me ngā pire Paremata, he whakatangata i ngā komiti a ngā rōia, he whakatū hoki i te Hui-ā Tau a Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa.

Contact details:

Aidan Warren phone (07) 958 7426 mobile 021 1900 788

Rachel Mullins phone (07) 958 7433 mobile 021 1900 799

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