Adds extra dimension

LETTER

Those who think bilingual signs and place names will put tourists off are wrong. They will add to the experience.

We’ve had 248 years of European place names that displaced names that were here for 700 years or more. Where’s the fairness? Where’s the pride in another way of viewing the world?

Go to Europe — bilingual signs are common. In Ireland, for example, they are everywhere. You might not be able to pronounce Inis Sionnach or Cill Mhant’n but if you’re not narrow-minded and expecting everything to be in English for you, they add an extra dimension to a visitor’s understanding of the country. There is an ancient culture alive in the land and bilingual signs and place names honour that.

Jane Thompson

Those who think bilingual signs and place names will put tourists off are wrong. They will add to the experience.

We’ve had 248 years of European place names that displaced names that were here for 700 years or more. Where’s the fairness? Where’s the pride in another way of viewing the world?

Go to Europe — bilingual signs are common. In Ireland, for example, they are everywhere. You might not be able to pronounce Inis Sionnach or Cill Mhant’n but if you’re not narrow-minded and expecting everything to be in English for you, they add an extra dimension to a visitor’s understanding of the country. There is an ancient culture alive in the land and bilingual signs and place names honour that.

Jane Thompson

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Joe Naden - 9 months ago
Tena koe Jane,
An opinion that does not rant but coolly expresses what these raving name-a maniacs, who want to throw Turanganui a Kiwa out and retain Gisborne or Gizzy or Poverty Bay, names with no meaning or which have ugly meaning, are incapable of understanding or acknowledging.
You are the model for all those who support the retention of the beautiful and meaningful original names placed by the tangata whenua in this amazing place hundreds of years ago, and which should never be erased or replaced through the whims of silly old men whose origins and tastes they bring from foreign lands.
Nga mihi ki a koe, Heeni.

Nic Carroll - 9 months ago
Well said Jane.

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