Bilingual traffic signs for New Zealand

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Bilingual traffic signs are coming to New Zealand.

A recent change to a land transport rule will now allow the use of bilingual school traffic signs at over 2000 schools across Aotearoa.

The new signs will see both the Te Reo Māori word for school – Kura – and the English word featured on the signs.

Waka Kotahi NZTA said the kura/school signs would be used when the existing signs needed to be replaced or new signs were put up.

All English-only school signs will remain legal traffic signs until they are replaced.

Waka Kotahi NZTA has worked closely with Te Mātāwai, an independent Māori language advocacy agency, to bring this project to life.

The first new kura/school signs were launched in Napier on May 2, 2022.

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