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Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori - The Māori Language Commission: Te Reo Māori writing 'rules'

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These guidelines are a set of writing 'rules' that Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori - The Māori Language Commission recommends be employed by writers and editors of Māori language texts. They set out what the commission considers to be current best practice for spelling and writing Māori. In writing these guidelines the commission aims to provide an easy-to-follow guide that promotes consistency in the use of written Māori and standards for publication.

The Commission believes it is essential for the survival of the language that a standardised written form be adopted by all those involved in the production of material in Māori. This will ensure a high quality literary base is built up as a resource for learners of the Māori language today and in the future.

For guidance with the use of macrons in names, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori advise that searching individual names in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (selecting ‘View site in te reo Māori’) and Te Ara websites will prove useful. The New Zealand Historical Atlas, David Bateman Ltd, 1997 is another reliable source.

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Filed under: Identity Language and Culture | Te Reo Maori

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