A nationwide business network for companies that actively support te reo Māori has been launched by Te Taura Whiri I te Reo Māori. All New Zealand businesses are invited to join, Te Hononga Pakihi Reo Māori.
“Businesses across Aotearoa have joined the Māori Language Movement in many ways over the years. The network will be an online house of learning where ideas and best practice can be shared. Our network is in response to requests from the private sector,” said Te Taura Whiri I te Reo Māori chief executive, Ngahiwi Apanui.
“Whether its sports stadiums that have bilingual announcements, newspapers with articles in te reo, flight crews that welcome you in te reo, or supermarkets with self-checkouts that speak Māori. New Zealand businesses are embracing te reo Māori and we are here to support them.”
Mr Apanui has invited all businesses to join the free, virtual network which will be part of New Zealand’s contribution to the International Decade of Indigenous Languages (IDIL). Māori Language Commissioner Professor Rawinia Higgins is on the IDIL UN Global Taskforce and this year’s Te Matatini festival in February was New Zealand’s first IDIL event.
The Te Reo Māori Business Network’s founding members include:
· Araraurangi | Air New Zealand
· Stuff Group Te Puna
· McDonalds NZ
· Rangiata | Sky TV
· Foodstuffs NZ
· GO Media
· Domino’s Pizza
· Wellington Regional Stadium Trust
· For Purpose
Business are enouraged to sign up here (Te Hononga Pakihi Reo Māori - Te Rangaihi Reo Māori)
For more information contact:
E: [email protected]
M: 021 0234 7956