from the NZ Centre for Political Research

New road signs coming to your location soon.

He Tohu Huarahi Māori bilingual traffic signs consultation

Waka Kotahi is seeking feedback on a package of bilingual traffic signs in the draft Land Transport Rule: Traffic Control Devices (Bilingual Signs) Amendment 2023. Feedback closes at 5pm, Friday 30 June 2023.

And from the NZ Herald:-

Māori place names are being added to new road signs in Hastings.

Hastings District Council is replacing more than 20 blue directional road signs which were faded and hard to read, and taking the opportunity to add the Māori names.

For example, a sign to Havelock North will also read Karanema — the original Māori name for the area.

Ngāti Kahungunu chair Bayden Barber said the addition of te reo Māori was important for the iwi’s identity and tikanga.

“They talk about place and our connections to that place, and we are happy seeing that being recognised in this way.”


The big problem with this is that the small minority language (spoken by about 1% of the population) comes first — it should come second. The KCDC has also started doing this with its agendas. When it comes to adding or changing placenames, at least Kapiti people won’t have to face it as all the District’s place names are Maori and always have been. If the Maori Party gets its way, however, all the District’s street names that are English (about half of them) might have to be given Maori ones. That should be fun.