Monday, July 14, 2008

Use the force

'Nau te rourou, naku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi'
'With your food basket and my food basket, the people will flourish'

To celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Maori 2008, the team at are delighted to announce the worldwide launch of Google Maori. This much anticipated language tool will enable users to utilise the Google search tool completely in te reo Maori.

Over the past 16 months, a dedicated team of volunteers have translated over 1600 terms and phrases (over 8,500 words) to allow the Google search site to be viewed in te reo Maori. With the support of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori - the Maori Language Commission, the translations are complete and we are now ready to launch this exciting initiative into the digital World.

The Google Maori whanau are formally launching this search engine this weekend in Rotorua which is pretty sweet.

One day I stumbled upon elvish and jedi google groups on the web - so it's cool to see that the Maori language is now represented along with the fictitous and intergalactic.