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Designing words in Te Reo - Ngahiwi Apanui

Māori Language Commission CEO Ngahiwi Apanui

Māori Language Commission CEO Ngahiwi Apanui Photo: RNZ / Aaron Smale

If you‘ve ever wondered how new words are created in Te Reo, chances are you’re not the only one.

As we come up to Maori Language week it's a good time to find out what goes into new words.

The responsibility falls to the Maori Language Commission.

Karyn Hay talks to its chief executive, Ngahiwi Apanui.