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Māori Language Week + Google

In New Zealand this week (26 July - 01 August 2010) is Maori Language week and I assume that everyone reading this blog will somehow, no matter how small, already be involved! As you are readily aware I have a large "online world" and so thought it would be appropriate for me to spread the word and get involved online.

Fistly, I went to the Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori – the Māori Language Commission - website,, and checked out the options for me which turned out to be full and easily put to use - expect me to get better and better at using the basics over the week (please, let me know if I'm mispronouncing anything :-)

I'm going to try and permanently translate my online bios/abouts such as @MiramarMike, Facebook, Google Profile ... let me know if I've missed any.

And finally, being a heavy user I thought I'd check out what they offer in way of support for te reo. Of course there has been the Māori version of the main NZ Google search site for some time (release post). Go to and click the " offered in: Māori" link below buttons:

I also thought I might be able to add a "translate this page into Māori" opton to my website either via the toolbar or a gadget embedded onto the site but (Google Translate tools and Resource), unfortunately, Māori is not a language offered ... yet. Come on Google NZ, get working.

They do support Māori in their Google Translator Tookit which I'd urge those that can utilise to crack in and start using - read their blog post about the release.

Finally, the obvious question - how do I translate this page in Māori - leave me a comment