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    Angry What a load of rubbish!

    Riding on the Auckland suburban trains, you can hear the announcement telling you, amongst other things, the next stop on the trip. They have the announcements in English and maori. Why? Who is on the train who 1. understands maori and 2. understands maori but does not understand English? What a complete wasted effort! Why on earth do they do it? Surely they could put their time to a much better use? What a load of rubbish!
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    Default Re: What a load of rubbish!

    From what I've been hearing about the Top 10 surnames in that crap city of yours, they should be pandering to the Indian and Chinese.

    But then they tend not to whine as much.

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    Take it up with the Government Roscoe. There is a rather obvious plan to drop English names in favour of Maori both in the media and in schools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allblack View Post
    From what I've been hearing about the Top 10 surnames in that crap city of yours, they should be pandering to the Indian and Chinese.

    But then they tend not to whine as much.
    I quite agree. You don't hear much from them at all. They just get on with it.
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    Default Re: What a load of rubbish!

    Quote Originally Posted by Roscoe View Post
    Riding on the Auckland suburban trains, you can hear the announcement telling you, amongst other things, the next stop on the trip. They have the announcements in English and maori. Why? Who is on the train who 1. understands maori and 2. understands maori but does not understand English? What a complete wasted effort! Why on earth do they do it? Surely they could put their time to a much better use? What a load of rubbish!
    I suspect it's because some overpaid bureaucrat in AT decided it was the PC thing to do . I notice One News seems to be heading the same way.
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    Default Re: What a load of rubbish!

    Unlike English, Māori is an official language.

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    Default Re: What a load of rubbish!

    Quote Originally Posted by pcuser42 View Post
    Unlike English, Māori is an official language.
    Unlike Maori everyone understands English

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    Default Re: What a load of rubbish!

    I recommend replacing the Maori Language with Swahili to exponentially improve your chances of communication in a language other than English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CliveM View Post
    Unlike Maori everyone understands English
    So let's change that.

    Māori is part of our culture and identity, and it would be a shame to loose knowledge of the language. It's things like this that's helping keep it alive.

    If you don't like it, tune it out like every other announcement.
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    I say make English the ONLY official language of New Zealand.

    Maori is an old outdated language suitable for use on their Marae only.

    If you want to preserve the language, just saying place names is not going to cut it.

    Even Maoris at work places don't speak it.

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