Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Toi Tangata responds to McDonalds’ te reo Māori menu

Thursday 24 May 2018

For immediate release

Toi Tangata responds to McDonalds’ te reo Māori menu by challenging healthy food outlets to follow the lead of Ngati Kahungunu

Toi Tangata commends the efforts by Ngati Kahungunu to normalise te reo Māori in everyday settings, but highlights the need for a wider conversation to be had amongst Iwi, Māori organisations and Māori communities around normalising its use in outlets like McDonalds.

As advocates for positive health,Toi Tangata stands behind using Māori culture and language to promote hauora and wellbeing and welcomes discussion on the role of te reo Māori in the advocacy and achievement of hauora.

Toi Tangata CEO, Megan Tunks, questions the promotion of te reo Māori at unhealthy establishments such as McDonalds.

“We recognise that having spaces where we can practice and normalise te reo Māori is both absolutely necessary and desired, but in the face of a franchise and product which we know has a negative effect on many of our people and our taiao, we need to make more conscious decisions on the impacts on our oranga. It is our obligation as an organisation is to ensure whānau are informed of healthier eating options and the negative impact of food outlets such as McDonalds.

“There is a need to be more intentional in our messaging when the odds are constantly stacked against tamariki, whānau and communities. Protecting them from overexposure to junk food marketing around unhealthy food and beverages is a societal responsibility. We need to strike the balance between normalising our beautiful language and ensuring it is used in a positive and uplifting way.”

Toi Tangata welcomes the opportunity to tautoko approaches that weave language revitalisation with oranga Māori and invites healthy food outlets to follow Ngati Kahungunu’s lead and incorporate more reo Māori.

“There is a growing need to look at more opportunities to increase healthy, supportive kai environments which promote and grow te reo Māori. McDonalds is a global entity, we should be looking at how we support our Māori economy, including our local Māori social enterprises that promote healthy kai. Let’s look at the role of reo in hauora and at efforts that uplift healthy kai- kai fresh from our atua with enhanced mauri.”

Successful Māori examples of healthy kai businesses include the Kākano cafe in Otautahi and Koha Kai in Murihiku. Both promote healthy kai, and teach whānau the mātauranga around it.

“There are conversations to be had on how we reclaim our own mātauranga around kai practices, such as the promotion of maramataka and maara kai, and how we advocate for and encourage food sovereignty and security amongst our whānau, hapū and Iwi.”

Hastings McDonalds yesterday became the first in the country to introduce bilingual menus, written in both English and Māori, with plans to roll it out to all McDonalds' restaurants in Hawke's Bay.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Cancel Culture And The ‘hate Speech’ Laws

If there really is anyone out there who feels genuinely panicked about what ‘cancel culture' is doing to our precious freedoms, then maybe they should just take a deep breath, look hard at who has allegedly been ‘ cancelled’ and see if they can detect any trace of a lasting “cancellation“ effect. Chances are, the alleged cancellees will be doing just fine. By and large, they will be people who do not lack for a public platform – never have, never will – and the downstream effects of being “ cancelled” will almost invariably be trending towards zero... More>>


Government: To Rev Up Reductions In Transport Emissions

The Government is calling for feedback on a range of potential policies to eliminate emissions in the transport sector. Transport Minister Michael Wood today released Hīkina te Kohupara – Kia mauri ora ai te iwi - Transport Emissions: Pathways to ... More>>

KiwiSaver: Default Provider Scheme Improvements Slash Fees, Boosts Savings

Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders will be significantly better off in retirement following changes to the default KiwiSaver scheme, Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark said today. More>>


Government: Hundreds Of New Electric Cars For State Sector

Total of 422 new electric vehicles and charging infrastructure across the state sector $5.1 million for the Department of Conservation to buy 148 electric vehicles and install charging infrastructure $1.1 million to help Kāinga Ora buy 40 electric ... More>>

Child Poverty: Reports Highlight Need For Ongoing Action

The Government has released the first Annual Report for the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy and the second Child Poverty Related Indicators (CPRI) Report, both of which highlight improvements in the lives of children as a result of actions of the Government, ... More>>


PM: Statement On The Speaker And Annual Review Debate

“The serious issue of alleged sexual assault and harassment at Parliament was poorly managed and inappropriately politicised last night. The tone of the debate did not reflect well on Parliament as a whole,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. ... More>>

Parliament: Mallard Fails To Give Taxpayers A Straight Answer

Trevor Mallard has confirmed he is unfit to be Parliament’s Speaker by failing to answer several important questions relating to the false rape accusation saga that cost taxpayers more than $330,000, Shadow Leader of the House Chris Bishop says. ... More>>

Local Government: Independent Review To Explore Future

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says an independent review of local government will explore how councils can maintain and improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders in the communities they serve long into the future. More>>





InfoPages News Channels