Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa (The New Zealand Māori Law Society) are calling for all New Zealanders to consider their pronunciation of te reo Māori, in particular, Māori place names.
Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa is a national Māori body whose membership includes Māori members of the judiciary, members of parliament, legal practitioners, legal academics, public servants and law students.
Aidan Warren, Tumuaki Tane says, "Te reo Māori must be honoured in the way that it is spoken and that the pronunciation of place names is a practical way of ensuring that respect. There are numerous resources that can assist people to improve their pronunciation skills from YouTube tutorials to local Māori te reo initiatives run by local Māori in the community."
The rōpū focuses on strengthening networks amongst its membership, making submissions on a range of policies and proposed legislation, ensuring representation of its membership on various legal committees and holding an annual national hui.
Rachel Mullins, Tumuaki Wahine also says, "Complacency or reverting to anglicized versions of place names is no longer acceptable among the general population. Te reo Māori is now more regularly used within the legal environment and in April of this year, Te Pire Mo Te Reo Māori (the Māori Language Act) was passed making it timely for us all to be proactive in improving how we use te reo Māori."