Hachette Aotearoa New Zealand name change
Hachette New Zealand has announced its name change to Hachette Aotearoa New Zealand.
‘Hachette Aotearoa New Zealand acknowledges the whakapapa of the country we live in and the groundswell of support for using te reo Māori in our everyday lives,’ said the company in a statement.
‘Māori is one of New Zealand’s three official languages and Te Reo Māori (the Māori language) is a taonga (treasure) that we are proud to celebrate,’ Hachette Aotearoa NZ managing director Melanee Winder told Books+Publishing. Winder said the name change was one the company’s team had been keen to make for some time. ‘Seeing other companies take the leap inspired us to take this request to our UK and French head companies for sign off. Once we made the decision to make the change the whole process moved very quickly.’
Winder said Māori was spoken fluently by over 130,000 people, with hundreds of words in daily use by all New Zealanders.
‘New Zealand’s move towards embracing te ao Māori and acknowledging our cultural heritage means the name change to Hachette Aotearoa New Zealand was a natural development,’ said Winder.
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