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Bilingual kawhe (coffee) menus for all Union outlets

Monday, 13 March 2017 9:20pm

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Café Albany Outlet Assistant Jo Parker offers a customer a kapu-tīno (cappuccino) from the café’s new bilingual coffee menu.

Kawhe (coffee) menus at the University’s nine food outlets are gradually becoming bilingual – as part of an Otago initiative to bring Te Reo Māori into everyday activities.

Café Albany in The Link is the latest outlet to boast a new bilingual menu, following the lead of the St David Café last year and Café Marsh at the University’s Marsh Study Centre in January.

Union Operations Manager Martin Jones says the Union has worked with the Māori Centre and the Office of Māori Development in the past to create bilingual menus for Māori Language Week, but wanted to extend the initiative into the rest of the year.

The project is a collaboration, with the Office of Māori Development’s Personal Assistant/Administrator Hinerangi Nielsen and Director Tuari Potiki offering translations for the names of beverages and correct spellings.

Mr Jones says it was important that the outlets reflected the wider campus, across which most signage is already bilingual.

“We are an integral part of the University, so we need to follow it through as well.”

Last year, the St David Café won the University’s inaugural He Toki Reo Award for introducing a bilingual coffee menu, and helping to make Te Reo Māori a living language.

Mr Jones hopes all nine food outlets will have Te Reo Māori signage by the end of this year – so anyone fancying a rātei (latte), a kapu-tīno (cappuccino) or a mōwai (flat white) will be able to order one straight from the menu.