Chapman Tripp is proud to actively support Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) again in 2018.
The firm’s activities this week draw on the Māori Language Commission’s 2018 theme, which is “Kia Kaha Te Reo Māori”: strengthening competence and confidence to use Te Reo. This week we are sharing a
Māori language video, cards with key Māori greetings and phrases, and posters, labels and emails exploring Te Reo Māori in the law and in the office.
“E kīia ana e te kaupapa, me mahi tahi tātau ki te whakapiki ake i te kaha o tō tātau reo rangatira (the purpose of this year’s theme is to encourage us all to work together to improve the strength of the Māori language),” said Chapman Tripp’s Hoa Rangapū Whakarae (Chief Executive Partner) Nick Wells.
“Chapman Tripp has long been an advocate of cultivating Māori culture and keeping the language strong. We offer Te Reo classes in all three of our offices, all of which are fully subscribed, and our Te Waka Ture (Māori legal) group work closely with our people across the firm to promote the use of Te Reo.
“Chapman Tripp is also currently considering a formal Te Reo Māori policy – with the intent that a fundamental level of Te Reo should be able to be used by everyone across the firm in dealing with our clients and staff.
“Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori is a time to celebrate Te Reo and to raise awareness of its beauty. It started because of a petition to the Government on 14 September 1972, appealing for help with the revitalisation of the Māori language in schools,” Wells said.
“Since that time, Te Reo has been promoted, however, it is still in a perilous state. It is important to think about the language this week and what could happen to it in the future.
“How do we make sure Te Reo stays strong? We use it, and we encourage others to learn it and continue to use it.”