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 additionally to make sure that the phrases are non-judgemental.

“In my expertise, individuals with autism are inclined 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 group in an effort to develop variants that differ from what he known as the “typically 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 otherwise ready”.

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

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