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March 25, 2021

Kia ora, Aotearoa

The Media Council (MC) has found no grounds to proceed with a complaint that use of the greeting Kia ora, Aotearoa by news publication Stuff was offensive.

The complainant said she was deeply offended, did not speak the language used, and considered if language of a minority was to be used, Stuff should put English first it being language of the majority.

In its decision not to proceed with the complaint, MC noted te reo Māori is an official language, the greeting contained words widely used, no translation was needed and considered the use of Māori words to be up to each news organisation.  MC decision here

Similarly, the Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) has stated the use of te reo Māori is an editorial decision and not a breach of its standards.  This month the BSA drew a line under complaints about te reo Māori. BSA decision here

The use of te reo Māori is protected and promoted by existing law, including by the Māori Language Act 1987 which declares the Māori language an official language of New Zealand.

Tū Ngātahi Aotearoa i te reo Māori