I am an independent planning commissioner. We make decisions on resource consent applications on behalf of local councils.
I chaired a hearing on Wednesday where the first and last statement was in te reo Maori. The pronunciation was not perfect and I was nervous as hell but I’m glad I did it and will add these statements at the beginning and end of each hearing I hold from now on. It’s a start and I hope build on it as my vocabulary and confidence grows. Ka mau te wehi!
Morena. Tēnā koutou i tēnei, Ko Robert tōku ingoa, nau mai ki tēnei hui
Good morning, hello everyone. My name is Robert, welcome to this hearing
Tēnā koutou katoa e te hunga whai wāhi i tēnei rā. Hoki pai atu ki te kāinga
Thank you to all the people/participants today and safe travels home.