Cost of making Rotorua NZ's first bilingual city likely to be over $1 million

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The cost of making Rotorua New Zealand's first bilingual city will be an estimated $1 million to $2 million.

It's a change aimed at normalising Te Reo, but it won't happen overnight.
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The cost will stem from the Rotorua council committing to change street signage to hold both Te Reo and English translations.

Supporters hope the move will help to normalise Te Reo in the region with some local businesses already on board.

One Rotorua cafe is already giving customers the opportunity to order meals in Te Reo.

Locals in the region are also supportive of the move, with one man telling 1 NEWS: "Oh awesome, Rotorua's the home of Maoridom, it seems perfectly natural."

It's hoped existing language funding will cover the amount needed to implement the changes.

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