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Support for Tūrangi street name changes

31 August 2012

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori supports Tūrangi street name changes

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, the Māori Language Commission, congratulates Ngāti Tūrangitukua and the Tūrangi Tongariro Community Board for progressing plans to change a number of street names in Tūrangi township.

The local Community Board supports proposals to change 14 local street names and the names of three local parks. The changes incorporate Ngāti Tūrangitukua whakapapa and support a 1998 Treaty of Waitangi Settlement. It also corrects spelling errors and omissions made in the 1960s by the Ministry of Works.

“In 2012 Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori called on the community to ‘Arohatia te reo,
to cherish the language,” says Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori CE Glenis Philip-Barbara. “We offer our support to Ngāti Tūrangitukua, as this change corrects the spelling of the names of their tīpuna.”

“Like many discussions about Māori place-names, this issue is a long standing one. We also want to thank the Tūrangitukua Marae Committee for their efforts, and the Community Board for supporting the correct use of te reo Māori.”

“Taupō Moana is leading the way with the ‘Ō’ logo for the lake, and now the Tūrangi community is making moves to correct the names of the ancestors,” says Ms Philip-Barbara.

Open this link to review the list of proposed changes:

http://www.taupo.govt.nz/Media-Releases/latest_news/Turangi-street-names-to-change/

ENDS

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