Te Tohu Reorua: Bilingual Signage

Te Tohu Reorua: Bilingual Signage

While we've just celebrated Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, there are many ways we can help promote the language all year round.

This year Te Wiki focused on Te Wā Tuku Reo Māori.

The Māori Language Moment asked New Zealanders to celebrate te reo Māori on September 14 at 12 pm, through kōrero, whakarongo, ako, panui, waiata or tākaro.

But treasuring te reo is something we can do every day.

Using Māori language or bilingual signs is one thing organisations can do to show te reo is valued.

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori has produced a signage list which helps make this easy to do.

Here are some Tohu Reorua you could use at your mahi:

Entry  Kūaha

Exit Putanga

Fire Exit Rerenga Ahi

Lift Ararewa

Meeting Room Rūma Hui

Board Room Rūma Poari

Conference Room Rūma Wananga

Reception Kiripaepae

First Aid Whakaora Whawhati Tata

Sick Bay Rūma Hunga Māuiui

Waiting Room Rūma Tatari

Help Desk Pae Āwhina

Information Pārongo

Stairs-Down Arapiki Whakararo

Stairs-Up Arapiki Whakarunga

Staff Only Kaimahi Anake

Stationery Hanga tuhituhi

No Smoking Auahi Kore

Recyling Hangarua

Resources Rauemi

Restroom Wharepaku

Wash Your Hands Horoia ō Ringaringa


The four key principles for developing high quality bilingual signage are: responsive and accessible services for all customers; and visibility, equality and quality of the language.

For more guidance on using bilingual signage go to: www.tpk.govt.nz/en/whakamahia/te-reo-maori/tohureorua

For a comprehensive list of bilingual signs go to: www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz/en/learn/bilingual-signage/

For more ideas on fun ways to learn and celebrate te reo go to: www.tewikiotereomaori.co.nz/maori-language-week-ideas/




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