Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Breaking Views Update: Week of 27.12.20


Tuesday December 29, 2020 

Why te reo road signs make sense

But, at another level, road signs show us where we are and where we're heading as a people and a culture.

So the language of Aotearoa New Zealand's road signs is important — not least because they are also expressions of the exercise of state power in our everyday lives.

Aotearoa New Zealand could have bilingual signage by 2023, according to Transport Minister Michael Wood, who said he saw the need for change as a "priority".

In a country such as Aotearoa New Zealand, they are a demonstration of our commitment to equality — of language and more generally. Bilingual road signs can serve a deeper purpose by helping us to arrive at a more inclusive and equal society......
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Record enrolment for teens studying te reo Māori while foreign languages' figures fall
The number of teenagers studying te reo Māori at secondary school has passed 30,000 for the first time.

Education Ministry figures showed in 2020 30,626 studied te reo and 1324 studied Te Reo Rangatira, which is for native speakers.

The figures showed enrolment in international languages also rose in 2020 with 55,531 enrolments, up from 53,215 in 2019......
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Cameron Road’s past will help shape its future

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1 comment:

Ray S said...

If we are to be a multi cultural society rather than purely bicultural,
the road signs should be in a multitude of languages. The writer mentions that overseas, many countries have multi lingual road signs. I fear the next step is Maori only signs.