21 Jul 2008

New dictionary launched in Maori language week

10:28 am on 21 July 2008

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori is marking Maori language week by launching an electronic version of a new Maori-language dictionary. The print version won't be out until September.

Maori language commissioner Erima Henare says it's been a major collaborative effort by a large group of linguists.

The dictionary will be launched at Te Papa on Monday night. Waatea News reports it will be available to Maori speakers wherever they are in the world.

Minister of Maori Affairs Parekura Horomia launched Maori language week at Wellington Railway Station on Monday morning.