Kia ora! Te reo Māori is important because it holds a significant link to the history of New Zealand. It has the ability to bring people from different backgrounds together and enhance the future of our nation. By preserving our cultural hertiage we get the chance to maintain a connection to this land that is our home.
We’ve been enjoying celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Māori here at IAG – sharing our pepeha (your saying/story) with each other, learning more about cultural customs, and reflecting on what this week means to us. Te Reo has the ability to bring people from different backgrounds together and builds connectedness between them, to our land and our history.
We’ve had a Kōrero with our AMI Rīanga Rotorua team about what this week means to them. The journey for our AMI Rotorua Branch to become bilingual in Te Reo and English first began in 2017 when the Rotorua Lakes Council shared their vision to become the first bilingual city in Aotearoa. For Branch Manager Anaru Macrae, going bilingual was an important part of connecting with the community so he took the idea to his Leadership team. With the office going through a refurbishment, Anaru felt it was a perfect time to have a kōrero (talk) about introducing Te Reo into the branch. Check out the full story here.
We also had a few of our people from different backgrounds talk about what this week means to them and why it’s so important to embrace te Reo in our workplace. Here’s the full video.
Kia Kaha te Reo Māori – Let’s make the Māori language strong.