Stamps featuring modern Te Reo Maori words being rolled out in bid to highlight living language

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A brand new set of postage stamps is being rolled out today featuring Te Reo Maori words that look to highlight the modern Maori language.

The Te Reo Maori word for computer is rorohiko, which translated into English literally means electric brain.
Source: Breakfast

The release comes just before the start of Maori Language Week, which begins on Monday.

Chairman of the Maori Language Commission Dr Wayne Ngata hopes the stamps will show people that Te Reo Maori is a living language that changes with the times.

"If your language doesn't adapt with the modern world it gets lost in time," Dr Ngata told TVNZ1's Breakfast today.

The stamps highlight Te Reo Maori words for things like text, Wi-Fi and computer.

For example, the Te Reo Maori word for computer is rorohiko, which translated into English literally means electric brain.

Dr Ngata outlined his hopes for the new stamps, saying: "I hope people will pronounce them, and have a greater appreciation that the Maori language is a part of our country, our business and our lives."

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