Today SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music signed a Mahi Tahi agreement to work together with Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission). With the signing of the Mahi Tahi agreement, SOUNZ commits to use and promote the use of te Reo Māori across the organisation’s work and operations, and Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori agrees to provide ongoing support to achieve this.
The Mahi Tahi agreement was signed by Diana Marsh, SOUNZ Executive Director, and Ngahiwi Apanui, Tumuaki (CEO) of Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori, at a hui whakanui (celebration) held at the SOUNZ offices on Monday 11 March. Adrian Tangaroa Wagner, Manager of Te Reo Irirangi o Te Upoko o Te Ika, gave the mihi whakatau on behalf of SOUNZ, followed by a waiata by Ngā Kaimahi o SOUNZ (SOUNZ staff). Tuehu Harris, Kaiwhakahaere Matua – Ngā Ratonga Rangatōpū (Director Corporate Services) responded from Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori.
Toni Huata, Kaihautū Puoro Māori (Director of Māori Music) will be working on the SOUNZ Mahere Reo Māori (Māori Language Plan), which is part of SOUNZ’s Māori Music Strategy: “I’m very happy to support SOUNZ with the Mahere Reo Māori and also very proud that we are working with Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori in signing our Mahi Tahi agreement together on Monday. My aspiration is simple for SOUNZ, ‘Kia Ora te Reo, Kia Māori te Reo – Our language lives, our language is natural and normal’. I look forward to developing this further with our kaimahi and how this enriches SOUNZ as an organisation and all those we engage with.”
“SOUNZ is delighted to be able to form a strong partnership with Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori through the Mahi Tahi agreement and the implementation of SOUNZ’s language plan. Strong representation of tangata whenua is an integral part of SOUNZ’s strategic direction and this relationship both symbolises and supports the development of our partnership. We would like to acknowledge and thank Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori for the support and guidance it has provided to SOUNZ throughout this journey,” said SOUNZ Executive Director Diana Marsh.
Māu te Reo Māori, mā tātou katoa. He mauri te Reo Māori nō Aotearoa.
Te Reo Māori is for you, and for everyone. Te Reo Māori is an essential part of what makes New Zealand. So, ahakoa iti, akona, kōrerotia! Learn a little use a little.