Former Radio Host blows whistle on "Howraki" pronunciation

Talisa Kupenga
  • Tāmaki Makaurau

E wenerautia ana tētahi kai-whakapāoho reo irirangi mō tāna whāki i te whai a ōna rangatira ō-mua i Te Reo Irirangi o Hauraki, kia hē te pānui i tōna ingoa mō tōna āhua me te tauhokohoko te painga. He pūrongo i tuhia e Alex Behan ki te ipurangi inanahi ki te whakaputa i ōna whakaaro me tana hiahia whakatika i te hē. Ko te papa, ko te whakakorenga o tana pāohotanga whakamutunga i te rā nei.

Kua puhi te whio o tenei kaiwhakapāho reo irirangi ki tana wāhi mahi o mua a NZME i runga i ta rātou whakahau me whakahua hētia te ingoa Radio Hauraki kia noho pono ki te tuakiri o tera teihana.

"There's nothing untrue in my article at all that was the first question I asked in my job interview that was the answer I was given...I had a number of un-responded to emails asking for formal direction on the issue and when I did have conversations about it I was told that the brand name would remain How-raki."

Hei tā te kaiwhakahaere o te reo irirangi o NZME a Dean Buchanan ki a Te Kāea, “Look no one in NZME has been instructed to miss-pronounce any words in any language it's absolutely ridiculous."

I tuku purongo a Behan itaenihi kia timata te korero me te manako kia whai hua kia whakahua tika hoki i te ingoa Hauraki i runga i te mohio kua whakahua hētia mo nga tau rima tekau kua pahure.

Hei tā Behan, “It's an issue that has rankled with me for a long time, now that I'm leaving that station I'm able to say what I've been thinking for quite a while.”

E ai ki te pouako matua a ngā mahi pakihi a Tākuta Mike Lee, “Who owns culture and who owns certain words and who owns the right to pronounce certain words one way incorrectly or another way, and I think at the end of the day it's not really who owns it but what's the right thing to do. That would be more in line with brand in my mind."

Engari he aha te ara whakamua mo te teihana o Hauraki?

"I'd like to see them change the name to be honest, the way they pronounce the name,” hei tā Behan.

E ai ki a Buchanan, “We think it's time Hauraki does actually change and it will and that's something we'll work on in the coming weeks."

Koine te ata whakamutunga i papahotia e Behan ki te teihana o Hauraki engari whai muri i tana purongo ko tā NZME kaore he take mōna ki te papaho i te ra nei.