after Kiri Allan hits out at 'tokenistic' use
It comes after Kiri Allan, who was until this week Conservation Minister, was forced to clarify an email sent from a Department of Conservation (DoC) manager - which claimed she wanted English words used in most circumstances.
The email, which was subsequently posted on Twitter, said Allan didn't want to see te reo words used unless there was no English equivalent and the whole document was in te reo.
But Allan quickly clarified the email was "very wrong".
"[It is] an incorrect articulation of any direction I've provided and is absolutely inaccurate. FWIW [for what it's worth], I encourage Te Reo use but in no way will I tolerate tokenistic use of reo by govt agencies as an attempt to show govt depts are culturally competent," she said on Twitter.
However, Waiirua said he embraced any use of te reo Māori.