New York City café embraces Māori Language Week

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori has made it all the way to the Big Apple - or should we say Te Āporo Nui?

Kiwi-owned Happy Bones Café in Manhattan is embracing Māori Language Week by offering half price coffee to all customers who order in Aotearoa's native tongue.

Owner Craig Nevill-Manning heard cafes in New Zealand were taking part in the initiative, and thought there was no reason why it couldn't be brought to New York.

"I think it's a great idea, because the Māori language is often something we reserve for special occasions - at least in my circles," Mr Nevill-Manning said.

"This way it brings it into something we can enjoy every day."

The presence of Māori signs in the cafe piqued the interest of local New Yorkers, and after a little encouragement, some tried their hand at ordering and were rewarded with a 50 percent discount.

Kiwi Hayden Withers, who moved to New York in 2013, took part in the initiative, changing his order of a flat white to mowai.

"I think it's a really cool idea, and it works out well because a few of us from New Zealand are doing Māori lessons here [in New York], so it timed out well that we could put it to use," Mr Withers said.

Mr Nevill-Manning said Pilot Coffee in Toronto were also taking part in the initiative by recognising Māori Language Week.