[lg policy] Wellington takes reo vision to heart

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Fri Jun 15 16:01:18 EDT 2018

Wellington takes reo vision to heart
15 Jun 2018 12:21 PM
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Wellington City Council has confirmed its Te Tauihu Maori language policy.

Mayor Justin Lester says it aims to make te reo a core part of Wellington’s
identity through ensuring it is widely seen, heard and spoken in the

The council will lead the way in incorporating te reo in its
decision-making processes and functions, in how it communicates, through
city signage, facilities, design and through cultural investment.

Mayor Lester also celebrated the gift by mana whenua of a new name for
Civic Square.

Taranaki Whanui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika chair Wayne Mulligan says it’s Te
Ngakau meaning the heart, as the square is the centre and the heart of the
city for all ages, cultures and gatherings.

Taranaki Whanui is also working with the council on names for the Botanic
Gardens and Town Belt.


 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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