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We’re proud to announce that the fair trade principles are now in te reo Māori.
Trade Aid is excited that the document at the heart of its fair trade work is now accessible in te reo Māori, Aotearoa’s indigenous language.
“I was thrilled when I was brought on-board as a translator for Trade Aid,” says Taurapa Matiu, of Te Rarawa & Te Aupōuri. “The best way to help spread te reo Māori is by normalising it; and seeing these principles in te reo Māori is a great way to normalise it.”
Trade Aid is committed to incorporating te reo Māori and tikanga Māori into its activities. “Having the principles in te reo provides a common language for us to further engage in this space”, says CEO Geoff White, “it’s an exciting development.”
This week is te Wiki o te reo Māori, a week Trade Aid has celebrated for many years. “We put a big effort into running activities during te Wiki o te reo Māori, says Geoff, “and it’s a great motivator for us to refresh what we know and be encouraged to use more te reo in the workplace. Translating the fair trade principles into te reo at this time will further inspire us to use and learn more te reo.”
Taurapa agrees, “It is so important for Aotearoa to be exposed to more and more reo Māori everyday so we can build confidence in using it without feeling embarrassed. I encourage everyone to give it a go; as much or as little as you might know!”
Some of the activities Trade Aid Importers organises during te Wiki o te reo Māori every year include lunch time te reo lessons, quizzes at staff meetings and rewards and competitions for using te reo in everyday interactions. This year will be no different. Keep an eye out for some of these activities on our socials during te Wiki which runs from September 13th to 19th.