197 days ago

Waitangi Weekend Congestion Hotspots

Ian Crayton-Brown from Northland Road Safety

The attached map off the NZTA website is useful for those intending to travel during this Waitangi period and gives an idea of the congestion times across both the North & South Islands. Please drive safely and enjoy this special celebration in our history.

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Lawn Time

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22 days ago

Poll: Should te reo Māori be compulsory in schools? Comments

Tel from Central Whangarei

There is a Poll. It asks an oversimplified question, "Should te reo Māori be compulsory in schools?" and gives options of Yes, No and I don't care.

I'll ignore the disrespect shown by misspelling the language and instead look at the question. As asked it is nearly unanswerable. The simple answer is either, "Yes" or "No need to ask because any competent school curriculum will include Te Reo." You see Te Reo is part of our history and our culture. We (and our children) should know of it. Back in the UK we spent several hours at age 8 learning about Welsh and Scots Gaelic. In Germany I hope they spend some time teaching about Oesterreich-Deutch and Saxony-Deutch etc. but the mainstream teaching is and must be Hoch-Deutch.

The trouble is that if you answer Yes then people are likely to assume that you mean a complete course that results in a fluent understanding of the language. That is an entirely different matter. Now we have to ask, how much teaching do you mean and what has to be left out?

It is hardly surprising that in response to a pig in a poke question most people answer NO!