Room 7 has been working hard at ensuring we are pronouncing towns and road names properly and correctly in Te Reo Māori.
Saying names correctly is a way of showing respect. Te Reo Māori is a special language, and saying names right is a good start into showing respect to tangata whenua and to all those who have known and used this Te Reo Māori for generations before us.
These names have special meaning and are often names of important Māori tipuna or ancestors. Imagine finding out the place you live in, or your road name is connected to a famous Māori chief!
It’s not just about learning new words - saying these names right is like opening a door to stories, respect and understanding. Some of us found it helpful to break the names into smaller buts, just like Louie explains in the video. Next time you’re out on a road trip, give it a try! Say those town names. If you’re not sure, break it down, practise, or ask your tamariki for some help.