TOAST­MAS­TERS

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Tohi Toast­mas­ters at Auck­land Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy has been recog­nised as New Zealand’s first char­tered bilin­gual te reo Maori/English toast­mas­ters club. The club was es­tab­lished in 2016 in an aim to em­power its mem­bers to speak te reo with con­fi­dence. The group has taken on the chal­lenge of pub­lic speak­ing in an­other lan­guage. Pres­i­dent Trent Dal­las said the club en­cour­aged mem­bers to step out­side of their com­fort zone. ‘‘The Tohi motto is ‘Nau mai, te hapa’ - we wel­come mis­takes,’’ he said. The club en­abled at­ten­dees to im­prove their knowl­edge and pro­fi­ciency in te reo.

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