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.

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