New Zealand: Te wiki o te reo Maori at Chapman Tripp
Last Updated: 13 September 2017

Chapman Tripp is proud to actively support te wiki o te reo Maori (Maori Language Week).

Launched formally on Tuesday, the firm-wide focus for te wiki o te reo Maori this year is Whare Tapa Wha, the four pillars of wellbeing. Each day this week, Chapman Tripp's people are learning more about each pillar – Tinana (physical health), hinengaro (mental health), whanau (family health) and wairua (spiritual health).

"Maori language is hugely important to New Zealand and its use should be encouraged in all organisations, schools and social contexts," says Senior Associate Te Aopare Dewes.

During the week, Chapman Tripp partners and staff in the Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch offices will be practicing their te reo at special events, ordering their coffee using Maori, learning more about Whare Tapa Wha through video and emails and taking part in a competition.

"Chapman Tripp is committed to creating a workplace culture of diversity and belonging, and te wiki o te reo Maori encourages all of our staff to celebrate Aotearoa's first language and learn more about Maori culture," says Dewes.

"We are fortunate as Maori language and culture play a key role in our firm. Our Te Waka Ture team (Maori legal practice) make the biggest contribution to te ao Maori of any large New Zealand law firm. The team is delighted to help others in the firm expand their knowledge and practice their te reo too."

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