Story: Ngā tuakiri hōu – new Māori identities

Bilingual road-sign

Bilingual road-sign

Admiring New Zealand's first bilingual road sign in 2000 are (from left) Transit New Zealand regional manager Robin Odams, Richard Whitau of Ngāi Tahu, Transit national highway manager Rick van Barneveld and Associate Minister of Māori Affairs Sandra Lee. The sign indicates New Zealand's highest mountain and gives both its Māori name, Aoraki, and its English name, Mount Cook. Since 1987 the Māori language has had the same legal status as English.

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Timaru Herald
Reference: 6 May 2000
Photograph by John Bisset

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Rawiri Taonui, 'Ngā tuakiri hōu – new Māori identities - Māori renaissance', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 November 2023)

Story by Rawiri Taonui, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Jun 2017