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    Default Re: Why do they pronounce it "Owtearoa"?

    Who really cares. The different regional accents in the UK makes some of their english difficult to understand if you are not used to it. Why should Maori be any different. I do object to the Maori language being force fed to us on our TV news with random phrases being thrown in by pakeha news readers every chance they get which add nothing to an english speaking audience.

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    Another thing I don't understand: When I went to school in the late 50s, early 60s, we were taught about the maori wars. Nowadays they call it the land wars. Why is that? Are they trying to say that the colonists were not fighting the maoris? Of course they were. So that's why they were called the maori wars.
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    Default Re: Why do they pronounce it "Owtearoa"?

    Quote Originally Posted by CliveM View Post
    I do object to the Maori language being force fed to us on our TV news with random phrases being thrown in by pakeha news readers every chance they get which add nothing to an english speaking audience.
    I agree, if these announcers are going to speak Maori then they should be taught it properly, not just any Maori word in anywhere.

    I laughed on one news item the announcer crossed to a reporter and greeted her with Haere Ra.

    I thought how rude greeting someone with goodbye.
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    Quote Originally Posted by B.M. View Post
    I agree, if these announcers are going to speak Maori then they should be taught it properly, not just any Maori word in anywhere.
    I, too, agree. Not only should they be taught it properly, but how about a translation as well? I'm certain the majority have no idea what they are going on about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roscoe View Post
    I'm certain the majority have no idea what they are going on about.
    And so am I.
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    I love how the TV news and weather presenters go overboard with Maori pronunciation but come to common English words like Tuesday and you get Choosedee.
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