Maori-language glossary of disability terms

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Te Pou o te Whakaro Nui

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The booklet has Maori-English and English-Maori sections

The Maori language of New Zealand has simply expanded by 200 phrases and phrases, freshly minted to explain psychological well being, habit and incapacity points.

Keri Opai, the civil servant who helped devise the phrases, mentioned they’d been chosen not solely to fill gaps within the Maori vocabulary, but in addition to make sure that the phrases are non-judgemental.

“In my expertise, folks with autism are likely to have their very own timing, spacing, pacing and life-rhythm, so I interpreted autism as ‘takiwatanga’, which means ‘his or her personal time and house’,” he instructed government-funded Maori Television.

Mr Opai consulted the Maori disabled neighborhood with the intention to develop variants that differ from what he referred to as the “generally condescending English phrases”, and as an alternative emphasise “gaining power and talent. So the phrase for ‘disabled’ itself is ‘whaikaha’, which implies to “have power or to be in a different way ready”.

The brand new phrases, phrases and sayings are gathered in a glossary referred to as “Te Reo Hāpai – The Language of Enrichment“, which is meant for each healthcare professionals and households, Television New Zealand studies.

Maori, the native language of New Zealand’s authentic Polynesian inhabitants, is spoken by about 125,000 of the nation’s 561,000 folks of Maori descent.

It has loved official standing solely since 1987, and the state now funds Maori-medium faculties, two TV channels, and programmes to encourage and develop the language.

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