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Monolingual Māori language dictionary launches

29 August 2008

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Monolingual Māori language dictionary launches

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, (the Māori Language Commission) launches He Pātaka Kupu – te kai a te rangatira, a monolingual Māori language dictionary for highly proficient speakers.

Huhana Rokx, Chief Executive of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori says “this taonga is a significant point in efforts to continue to foster and sustain Māori language proficiency”.

The dictionary is the culmination of seven years work from a team of dedicated writers. He Pātaka Kupu is 1,200 pages and has 24,000 entries which include synonyms, tribal variants and some of the more recent developments in Māori language.

He Pātaka Kupu is one of the largest monolingual dictionaries ever to be published in the Pacific, and is the largest of its size and genre to be published in New Zealand.

“The publication of He Pātaka Kupu is a significant landmark in the history of Māori language. It is the largest reference book in Māori and captures the work of Māori language experts to reflect our country’s indigenous language both from the historical and contemporary worlds,” says Huhana Rokx.

He Pātaka Kupu is available from all bookstores nationwide.


29 o Here-turi-kōkā 2008

Putanga Pāpāho

Ka Whakamānuhia te papakupu reo Māori anake

I te rā nei whakamānuhia ai e Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori a He Pātaka kupu – te kai a te rangatira, te papakupu reo Māori anake mō ngā tangata tino matatau ki te reo.

I kī a Huhana Rokx, Kaiwhakahaere Matua o Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori “He tohu tāpua tēnei taonga mō ngā whakapaunga kaha ki te whakatairanga me te rōnaki matataunga reo Māori”.

Ko te papakupu te otinga o te mahi a tētahi kāhui tuhituhi whakaihi, e whitu tau te roa e mahi ana. E 1,200 ngā whārangi o He Pātaka Kupu, ā, e 24,000 ngā urunga kupu tae noa ki ngā kupurite, ngā rerekētanga ā-iwi, me ētahi atu whanaketanga reo Māori nō nā noa nei.

Ko He Pātaka Kupu tētahi o ngā papakupu reo kotahi nui rawa atu kua whakaputaina i te Moananui a Kiwa, ā, koinei hoki te papakupu nui rawa atu o tōnā momo, kua whakaputaina ki Aotearoa.

He tohu nui rawa atu te tānga o He Pātaka Kupu mō ngā kōrero onamata ka takoto mō te reo Māori. Koinei te pukapuka tohutoro nui rawa atu i te reo Māori me tōna mau i ngā mahi a ngā mātanga reo Māori i whakaata i te reo taketake o tō tātou motu mai i te ao onamata me te ao o nāianei” te kī a Huhana Rokx.

Ka taea te hoko i te He Pātaka Kupu mai i ngā toa pukapuka huri noa i te motu.


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