Bilingual sign for the library?

LETTER

A brief drive by the new HB Williams Memorial Library shows an impressive addition to our cityscape. There is however one glaring omission with the lettering on the outside of the building. Where is the bi-lingual signage, i.e. Te Whare Pukapuka o Wiremu?

Considering the considerable legacy of the Williams family and their contribution to te reo Maori — i.e. Henry Williams’s book “The Dictionary of the Maori Language” and Henry Williams’s dubious translations of the Treaty of Waitangi, the bi-lingual signage would be a given.

Bi-lingual signage would also be consistent with the naming of other Gisborne District Council facilities such as the new council building.

Laurie Harrison

A brief drive by the new HB Williams Memorial Library shows an impressive addition to our cityscape. There is however one glaring omission with the lettering on the outside of the building. Where is the bi-lingual signage, i.e. Te Whare Pukapuka o Wiremu?

Considering the considerable legacy of the Williams family and their contribution to te reo Maori — i.e. Henry Williams’s book “The Dictionary of the Maori Language” and Henry Williams’s dubious translations of the Treaty of Waitangi, the bi-lingual signage would be a given.

Bi-lingual signage would also be consistent with the naming of other Gisborne District Council facilities such as the new council building.

Laurie Harrison

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Manu Caddie - 4 months ago
Bi-lingual signage is supposed to have been official council policy for all new public signage since September 1, 2009 but the policy has been implemented on a sporadic basis since it was adopted.

lloyd gretton - 4 months ago
Did the librarians do that at two o'clock in the morning?

Tony Lee - 4 months ago
Lloyd, did the librarians do what?

Humourless - 4 months ago
Mr Lee obviously has a poor memory.
Lots of contentious doings have occurred in the "wee small hours" of late.
Mr Gretton was merely being ironic.

G R Webb - 4 months ago
Changing topics, noted Laurie that you only had a "drive by" which would have been your only choice. There are a dearth of car parks.

Tony Lee - 4 months ago
C'mon humourless, Lloyd's comment was obtuse, not ironic. Nowhere in Laurie's letter was there mention of anyone doing anything, let alone the librarians. It would have been ironic if Lloyd had said something to the effect that this was another decision made by the council in full public view. Hope you can follow this but irony is often misunderstood.
Oh, I see now. Lloyd was responding to Manu, not to the letter writer. Apologies, my mistake.

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