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On 17 February Ambassador Savage attended the launch of the Treaty Times 30 project, hosted by the Governor-general Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy.
Treaty Times 30 is an initiative by the New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters (NZSTI) to translate New Zealand’s founding document into 30 different languages, 9 of which are European.
The translations will be gifted to the people of New Zealand and published in a book, which will be available in major libraries. The translations will aid speakers of other languages in understanding the Treaty of Waitangi.
Speaking at the event, Ambassador Savage noted that sound translation and multilingualism, as exemplified in this project, are critical to the functioning of the European Union.
The EU Delegation to New Zealand contributed to the funding of the project.