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SCOUTS NZ Launch te reo Māori Scout Law

SCOUTS New Zealand launch te reo Māori Scout Law and Promise to celebrate Māori language week

SCOUTS New Zealand are today launching a te reo Māori translation of their Scout Law and new Promises to honour Māori language week, 11-17 September 2017.

After an extensive consultation, SCOUTS New Zealand launched English versions of a new Scout and new Kea Promise earlier in the year. The wording of the new Promises seeks to be more inclusive and holistic.

Making the Scout Promise and pledging to uphold the Scout Law are fundamental to being a Scout. To make that pledge in te reo Māori is now an option for Scouts across New Zealand, who will now be able recommit to their new Promise in te reo Māori.

“Our members hold the Scout Law and Promise very dearly, and so we have taken our time to ensure the translation we were sought was fitting”, says SCOUTS New Zealand National Commissioner, Clarke Truscott.

“Resources and posters in te reo Māori have been sent to all of our 362 Scout Halls across the country.

“We have also made recordings, so members can practice.

“We are extremely grateful to Justin Puna, Eruera (Eru) Ruwhiu, both graduates of te Panikiritanga o te reo, and te reo Māori student Charmaine Brown for gifting SCOUTS New Zealand these precious words,” says Clarke.

The Scout Law and Promises are:

Te Ture Scout (Our Scout Law)

He whai whakaaro

Ki a koe, ki tangata kē atu

Ki te taiao

Kia tika

Kia ngākau pono

Kia manawanui

Kia ngākau pai

Tū whitia te hopo

Hei hoa ki te katoa

Te Kī Taurangi Scout (Our Scout Promise)

E mana ai taku kī taurangi, kia pukumahi te mahi,

Kia tau te whakapono-ā-wairua,

Kia ihu oneone ki te hapori, ki te whenua tupu, ki te ao

Kia manaakitia tangata kē atu,

Kia ū ki tā te ture i kī mai ai.

Te Kī Taurangi Kea (Our Kea Promise)

Ka tohatoha ahau, ka manaaki ahau, ka kite ahau, ka whanake ahau.


ENDS


As New Zealand’s best-known youth organisation, SCOUTS New Zealand offers 15,000 plus young people a programme full of new adventures, outdoor experiences, personal challenge and leadership opportunities that will set them on a pathway of lifelong success. Supporting both girls and boys in almost 400 communities across New Zealand, SCOUTS’ national programme focuses on the outdoors, community, personal development and new experiences, equipping 6 to 26-year olds with life skills such as problem-solving, team work, leadership and citizenship, supported by over 5,000 trained and accredited volunteers.


www.scouts.org.nz 0800 SCOUTS (0800 726887).


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