Wellington takes steps to become te reo Māori capital city
In Wellington, the council marked Waitangi Day with a big announcement about Māori language.
It hopes to make the capital a te reo Māori city.
According to Wellington’s deputy mayor, Jill Day, they are displaying that commitment by applying the Māori name to a popular Wellington landmark.
“We’re telling Wellingtonians to embrace te reo Māori, our language of Aotearoa.”
Celebrations were held to celebrate the seventh year of the Wharewaka Waterfront and highlighting the Whairepo Lagoon which was named three years back.
Day says they are already well underway in making Wellington a te reo Māori city.
“It’s not widely known at this point so that’s the beginning and we're hoping we can highlight other places that are important in our city.”
She is the first wahine Māori to stand as Deputy Mayor of Wellington and it was also her idea that council follow through with this te reo Māori policy.
“Making sure our signage represents biculturalism so it has te reo Māori, looking at other ways like street art, performing arts, all sorts of ways, we're going to be creative with how we can embrace te reo Māori.”
The multitudes showed up to celebrate the cause of the day from youth through to kaumātua and Days call to all Wellingtonians.
“We're starting our consultation today and we’d like to hear from them what we'd like to see and all sorts of ways that they think can see and hear te reo in our city be improved.”
Submissions are open to the public now and there is currently no closing dates set as of yet.