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just some of our older gen­er­a­tion that are not quite on board yet.

‘‘The lan­guage is a path­way to un­der­stand­ing Maori peo­ple, cul­ture and our Maori world view. It’d be cool to get as many peo­ple on board as we can.’’

Hav­ing free cour­ses of­fered by ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions is go­ing to help re­vi­talise the lan­guage, O’Shea says.

‘‘As more peo­ple, young and old, learn the lan­guage it’s go­ing to fil­ter through. In 10 years be­ing some­what flu­ent in te reo will be­come more of the norm.’’

Paranihi says it’s great that it’s not just Maori peo­ple who are keen to learn.

‘‘It’s en­cour­ag­ing see­ing Paul and other non-Maori learn­ing our lan­guage. That pushes me a lot to chal­lenge my­self.’’

Pho­tos: KA­RINA ABADIA

Keen learn­ers: Eru Paranihi, Paul O’Shea and Kelly Hu­ata are study­ing Maori at AUT.

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