22 May 2015

Coffee, kai and kōrero at Wellington cafe

9:47 pm on 22 May 2015

Having a coffee, kai and kōrero in Te Reo Māori are proving popular at a Wellington cafe where the language is being served up by its staff.

Barman Tane Rogers, of Te Arawa. At Karaka Cafe, staff kōrero in Te Reo and it is included on the menu and on store signage.

Barman Tane Rogers, of Te Arawa. Photo: Supplied

At Karaka Cafe, staff kōrero in Te Reo and it is included on the menu and on store signage.

Those working at the cafe say they try to use the language as much as possible in their interaction with customers.

Barman Tane Rogers, of Te Arawa, said it was great that the cafe recognised the importance of speaking Te Reo.

"Te-Whanganui-ā-Tara is lucky to have places like the cafe where people can be exposed to the language. Irrespective of whether people are tāngata whenua or not, Māori culture needs to be embraced."

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori - the Māori Language Commission said it supported what the cafe was doing.

Other eateries in the capital, like the Whitebait restaurant, have also translated the names of its dishes into Te Reo.

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