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