April, 2012
ISSN 1178-0967
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News & Issues

I Am Deaf – Let’s Talk

Each May, Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand organises NZSL Week – a celebration of one of the country’s official languages, New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).

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Register your events for Samoan Language Week 2012

Samoan Language Week will take place from Sunday 27 May to Saturday 2 June, starting with launch events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and Samoan Independence Day commemorations planned for the weekend of 2-3 June (Queen’s Birthday weekend).

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Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – 23-29 July

Arohatia te Reo is the theme for Māori Language Week 2012. Arohatia te Reo means to cherish the language and this year it is intended to encourage all people to demonstrate their love and regard for the language.

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Cherishing Pacific languages

A recent forum saw collective commitment to the value of Pacific languages. The forum, on 27 March, was attended by over 140 people.

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Urgent hearing of the Kōhanga Reo National Trust claim

The Waitangi Tribunal held hearings in March for the Kōhanga Reo National Trust’s claim against the Ministry of Education.

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Talking to babies in te reo

The NZ Herald reports a new study has found that 16 per cent of mothers and 12 per cent of fathers spoke at least some Māori language to their babies.

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Sharing feedback on draft Pacific Languages Framework

In 2011 the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs consulted on the Draft Pacific Languages Framework. 

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Foreign language school expands into Wellington

In response to high levels of interest, Eurasia is opening a branch in central Wellington this month. It will offer language and cultural courses, delivered in conjunction with Wellington partner English Teaching College (ETC).

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Disability Resource Centre (DRC) Auckland Inc extended hours

The Disability Resource Centre is a not-for-profit community focused organisation committed to meeting the needs of disabled people, older persons and their families/whanau.

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Future Events

Working in a Multicultural Environment

Settlement Support New Zealand New Plymouth is running a free Working in a Multicultural Environment Workshop for service providers on Tuesday 8 May 2012.

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Chinese Language Association, Wellington Branch AGM

The NZ Chinese Language Association Wellington Branch invites you to its AGM on Thursday 26 April at 7.00 pm, Committee Room One, Wellington City Council (Wakefield Street Entrance).

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Mandarin Corner and Chinese Game

Mandarin Corner meets 3.15 pm, Saturdays during school terms at Room 103, 24 Kelburn Parade, Victoria University of Wellington.

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International Languages Week

International Languages Week will take place Sunday 19 to Saturday 25 August 2012.

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Refresher course for Māori Medium teachers

Ngā Toi i Roto I te Marautanga o Aotearoa presents a course for Māori Medium teachers in te reo Māori and te reo matatini.

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For more information about the 'Te Waka Reo: National Language Policy Network', please contact Debbie Broughton at debbieb@hrc.co.nz, or 04 471-6746.

Information about the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme is available at www.hrc.co.nz/diversity.

The views contained in this newsletter do not necessarily represent the position of the Human Rights Commission.