Education Minister, Hekia Parata has told teachers they need to start pronouncing Maori and Pacific childrens names properly, however some teachers have an issue with the request.

Hekia Parata told the conference in Wellington children have told her Teachers don’t know who they are because they can’t  pronounce their names correctly. This issue has been with Maori for years.

An example Pakeha Teachers at Omarumutu last century would give Maori children an English name such as Wiremu and instead make it William.

Tonoa ana e Hekia Parata nga Kaiako, me timata ratau ki te whakahuahua tika i nga ingoa o nga tamariki Maori me nga tamariki Moutere. Otira he korero kare etahi o nga kaiako i rata rawa ki Te Minita Matauranga. Ko tā Hekia Parata ki nga Kaiako i te hui taumata i Te Whanganui-a-Tara kua rongo a ia ki nga tamariki Maori e mea ana kare o ratau Kaiako e tino mohio ki o ratau ingoa na te kore e mohio ki te whakahuahua marika. He kaupapa kua roa nei e patu ana i a tatau te iwi Maori. Hei tauira, tera nga Kaiako Pakeha i tera rautau i te kura o Omarumutu, kihei o ratau arero i ahei ki te whakahua i nga ingoa Maori no reira ka huri kē ki te raua he ingoa Pakeha ki runga i nga tamariki Maori pera te Wiremu kia William ke te ingoa.