Mind your languages

By Hamish Keith In Commentary, Cultural Curmudgeon, Culture

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In New Zealand, according to the Royal Society of New Zealand, at least 160 languages are spoken. That august body thinks paying no attention to this is a lost opportunity. Each language represents an ethnicity and a culture. As a result, Auckland is one of the most culturally diverse cities on the planet. That should be a plus for a city intending to cash in on that ubiquitous urban buzzword, vibrancy. Grey Power, on the other hand, thinks more than two ethnicities is one confusion too far. It would like to see a limit to what some members see as an unfettered flood of jibber-jabber – ...

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