Macron Mania

First, I have just wasted several minutes trying to find out how to type a macron without any luck. This is not surprising because the macron is not a part of the English (Roman) alphabet. English letters are hardly ever accented; the French acute (as in Caf) being the exception that proves the rule. However, New Zealand civil servants must be provided with special keyboard software because almost any missive from Local or Central Government that refers to Maori will dutifully have the macron (the dash) over the “a” in Maori, and possibly in a few other Maori words as well.