Hesi Posted September 15, 2021 Share Posted September 15, 2021 While I am all in favour of this, and people being encouraged to learn at least some words, it is after all an official language of NZ. I do find concerning the usurping of the English language, also an official language, is it by stealth? I note now, that most people in the media use the term whanau, family seems to have been phased out NZTA, appears to slowly being superseded by Waka Kotahi. I dug out these below, from an Official Information Act request(not mine) I also had a prolonged exchange of emails with them over a rego issue, and greetings and farewells in the mail were always only in Maori 1. When did NZTA change its name to Waka Kotahi? Waka Kotahi is the Te Reo Māori name for NZ Transport Agency. Through the new Māori Language Act and the development of the Maihi Karauna (the Crown’s Strategy for Māori Language Revitalisation 2019-2023), the government is committed to enhancing support for Te Reo Māori revitalisation by all government agencies as a normal part of the way we do business. Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has also signalled its commitment to this. One way to achieve this is to ensure Te Reo Māori is more visible to the communities we work in. As such, Waka Kotahi is giving more prominence to its Te Reo Māori name, by using it first. In August 2019, its logo was rearranged to give more prominence to Waka Kotahi. Waka Kotahi also updated its guidance to staff in March 2020 to use its full name “Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency” initially and thereafter “Waka Kotahi” or “the Transport Agency”. wk.jfif wk1.jfif 2. Was this a decision that was made by the Board? No, this decision was made by the Interim Chief Executive, in consultation with the Executive Leadership Team at Waka Kotahi. 3. Copies of any correspondence between the Ministry of Transport and Waka Kotahi / NZTA regarding changing the name? Waka Kotahi could not find any correspondence between Ministry of Transport and Waka Kotahi regarding changing the name. Therefore, this part of your request is refused under section 18(e) of the Act as the document alleged to contain the information requested does not exist or cannot be found. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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