Te reo’s time to shine
school and primary schools offer te reo Maori to their students.’’
Auckland Grammar School principal Tim O’Connor said there was a strong case to be made for learning te reo Maori.
‘‘If you are moving forward into any business or the government sector in New Zealand, the need to understand te reo Maori, to understand some basic tikanga or be able to mihi, has a right of place,’’ O’Connor said.
The introduction of te reo Maori was first discussed in 2015 during a review of the school’s
In the past it was not easy to access a te reo Maori teacher, he said.
‘‘Even now, there is a very little number of fluent speaking te reo Maori teachers.’’
Of the 500 boys who learned te reo Maori in 2015, 30 decided to continue to learn the language in year 10.
O’Connor said he hoped the number of year 10 te reo Maori students would increase over time but he understood there was five other languages for students to choose from.
Neitana Lobb is the first te reo Maori teacher that Auckland Grammar School has hired in its 147 year history.