The New Zeland it could be called “New Zealand”, its translation into language Te Reo. This is the idea proposed by Maori party, which has launched a special campaign (CNN reports). The initiative also aims to restore the Maori names of all cities and New Zealand toponyms. “It is time for Te Reo Maori to be returned to its place as the first official language. We are a Polynesian country, we are the Aotearoa “, reads the party’s statement announcing its intention to complete the renaming process by 2026.
Mastery of the Maori language in New Zealand it has dropped from 90% in 1910 to 26% in 1950. Today only 3% of the inhabitants is able to speak it. The petition has picked up so far 12,000 companies. According to the party, this is an “enormous” result. The premier Jacinda Ardern he has not yet commented on the initiative, while a year ago he called it positive that ‘New Zealand’ and ‘Aotearoa’ were interchangeable. However, he had specified that it was not the government’s intention to officially change the name of the country.
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