Kia ora pirihimana
The specially-marked police car that appears in this region from time to time turned up at Kaiti School yesterday as part of Maori Language Week . . . “and the children loved it", said school community constable Carolyn Hodgkinson.
“A key for police is to build relationships with the Maori community and the car markings (pirihimana is Maori for police) demonstrate the respect police have for the Maori culture and te reo.”
Police want to encourage people to learn Maori “and to welcome the language into our lives".
Some of the students from the school checked out the vehicle.