Maori Language Week

Since last year the Jacinda government has unfortunately politicised the subject by, among several other things, coming up with new Maori names for government departments and agencies, often quite strange ones such as Waka Kotahi (First Vehicle) for the NZTA and then in their signage and logos making the font size much bigger and bolder than the English name (see what at least some tangata whenua think of that here).

Despite the negativity that the Jacinda government has caused, we can’t ignore the important cultural and heritage value of the language which at one stage looked like becoming defunct in the way Scottish gaelic did.

Here to start is a phrase often seen:

He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata. He tangata. He tangata.

What is the most important thing in the world? It is people. It is people. It is people.