Wellington Council consults on te reo Māori

Image of the consultation document with a waka on the harbour on the bottom of the document.

On Waitangi Day, Wellington City Council announced a consultation on how the city uses and recognises te reo Māori.

The consultation follows a promise Mayor Justin Lester made during te wiki o te reo Māori (Māori language week), when he said Wellington would work towards becoming a te reo Māori city.“Te reo Māori is an integral part of who we are as a country and as a city. We want to lead the way in making this part of the cultural fabric of our city,” he said.

As a first step the council has developed a draft te reo Māori policy called Te Tauihu, and is calling for submissions on the policy and ideas on how it can be implemented.

Deputy Mayor Jill Day, who led the development of the policy, said the council is very keen to hear from a broad range of people living in Wellington.

“We want to gather as many varied ideas as possible on how we can make this policy real - how we can enact it. We want people to be creative and think outside the square."

“It’s about incorporating more te reo into our everyday lives."

“The Māori language has inherent mana and importance, and we need to acknowledge that by making it more visible in our city.”

The consultation runs until March 12.

There is more information and an online form to make submissions on the Wellington Council website. You can also have your say by or even on Facebook.