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Fisher-Harris: The value of cultural connection and diversity

Fisher-Harris celebrates his Maori heritage

Panthers joins Motorola Australia in celebrating Maori Language Week.

Following the recent introduction by Motorola Australia of the te ao Māori language capabilities to their devices, we sat down with Panthers forward and Kiwi International James Fisher-Harris to discuss the value of culture and the importance he places on learning the native Maori language.

With over 180,000 native Māori speakers in New Zealand and over 14,000 speakers in Australia, there is the potential to benefit a large community.

By incorporating the language into their devices, Motorola is giving customers more choice for their language preferences and encouraging the preservation of history and traditions passed down through speech.

While some Android smartphones already support inputting and displaying Māori language characters, Motorola will provide a fully localised user interface in the Māori language.

That means when a Māori speaker sets up their device, they can select the Māori language right from the start and navigate the phone set up in their mother tongue. This can be particularly helpful when supporting family members of different generations, offering a greater level of familiarity through the language on the interface can empower the user to feel more in control of their device.

Acknowledgement of Country

Penrith Panthers players and staff respect and honour the traditional custodians of the land and pay our respects to their elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.