Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Porirua’s first bilingual sign slows down traffic

Āta haere! Porirua’s first bilingual sign slows down traffic


The kids of Takapūwāhia have one message for motorists - āta haere (slow down).

Their message adorns new traffic signs that have gone up in the village - the first bilingual road signs in Porirua.

“I’m really thrilled to see these bilingual signs going up in the city. Māori is an official language of New Zealand and making it more visible throughout our community acknowledges its mana,” says Mayor Mike Tana.

“Today is the start of Māori Language Week. It’s a chance for us all to celebrate the taonga that is te reo Māori and look at ways in which we can support revitalisation. This is just a small step, but many small steps result in real change.”

The traffic signs on Te Hiko St were developed in partnership with the Takapūwāhia community, students from Te Puna Mātauranga (an iwi-based learning support and education centre) and Porirua City Council.

“Ngāti Toa is our tangata whenua, and it was important to hear from local rangatahi about what these signs should say and how they should look,” says Mayor Tana.

Te Puna Mātauranga manager Bianca Elkington says her students loved being involved and are pleased with the result.

“We were looking for a project we could engage our students in and this was a great opportunity for them. The kids wanted a sign that reflected their community and it was important to them that te reo was first on the sign.”

They also looked for a background design that represented them - a family in front of the marae - because that is what this community is about, Mrs Elkington says.

The students involved in the project say they’d like to see more bilingual signs go up around the city.

“We don’t have many signs in Porirua that have Māori on them and there should be. It’s a reflection of our hapori (community),” says student Te Uatorikiriki Solomon.

END


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

PSA Report: National Gets An ‘F’ For Health Funding

"Seeing National’s record on health collected in one place is quite sobering - it’s clear that underfunding is having dire consequences on both patients and staff, who are having to do more than ever with less," says Glenn Barclay, PSA national secretary.

"The fact that 58,000 people were referred to specialists last year but didn’t get the treatment they needed is indicative of the fact that services cannot meet growing demand." More>>

 

Children With Disabilities: Education Crisis Unaddressed

In 2008 IHC lodged its complaint against the on-going failure of New Zealand Governments and the Ministry of Education to ensure that disabled children access a quality education on an equal basis to others in New Zealand schools. More>>

Gordon Campbell: Ten Reasons For Not Voting National

if anyone you know is thinking of voting National in Saturday’s election, there’s still time for an intervention. You owe it to your friends and relations to intercede. Because there’s plenty of evidence on National’s mediocre-to-awful track record over its nine years in power. We can’t afford another three years of drift. More>>

ALSO:

Suffrage Day: PSA National Secretaries Vote For Equal Pay

PSA national secretaries Erin Polaczuk and Glenn Barclay are advance voting for the 2017 election alongside their daughters, with equal pay and fairness in mind on the 124th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Charge Protests: Dairy Farms Use Same Amount Of Water As 60 Million People

Using Dairy NZ numbers, economist Peter Fraser and agricultural consultant Dr Alison Dewes calculate the water consumption of New Zealand dairy farms is equivalent to the residential use of 60 million people. More>>

ALSO:

Greenpeace: Labour, Greens Commit To Canterbury Democracy

Labour MP Megan Woods is promising to return Canterbury’s regional council, ECan, to a democratically elected council. It follows a mass day-long occupation of the ECan building by local water activists calling for the restoration of democracy and urgent action to save rivers. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Mickey Mouse Policies On Trade

Supposedly, trade is war by other means, and the rationale for it seems just as empty-headed. Once again, the free trade = good mantra was taken as a patriotic given in this morning’s RNZ interview with Trade Minister Todd McClay. More>>

ALSO:

Taxing Campaign: No Changes From Labour's Working Group In First Term

“We know it is important to get this right, so we will balance the need for certainty and urgency by ensuring that any potential changes will not come into effect until the 2021 tax year. This gives multiple opportunities for public input, and a general election before any new tax would come into effect." More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog