Tourists and visitors to the capital of New Zealand will see something very interesting now as the country takes initiative to promote one of its most indigenous cultures and also give new respect to the heritage. Visitors to Wellington will now come across the names of more areas, regions, and pathways in the Maori language.
This new policy was first voted into practice last year in the month of June and the new language policy started its first action in the Wellington Civic Square which is called as Te Ngakau which means the heart. Following the action on the Wellington-square, the authorities have also started to name the other places using the native language of New Zealand.
Wellington’s waterfront is now known as ‘Ara Moana’ which means the ocean pathway. A nearby park from the waterfront is now known as Whairepo Lagoon. Another place in New Zealand that is just about to follow the move set by the city council is the Wellington Zoo.
The main objective of the city council is to give the zones bilingual names so that it could contribute to promoting the native culture and language of New Zealand. Apart from naming the places, the council has also created a fun game for kids that would enable them to learn the names of animals in this language.
Those who are not accustomed to the Maori language need not worry as the Maori named will continue to have the English monikers as well. Welling to aims to be a te reo Maori city by the year 2040 and this initiative will also give scope for the language to be seen by many.