De­mand es­ca­lates for te reo M¯aori cour­ses

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ex­pected 700 by year’s end. In 2019, they are gear­ing up to teach te reo to 1000 peo­ple. New cour­ses were filled within a few hours, Sut­ton said.

‘‘We have a joke in the of­fice that it’s ‘Ed Sheeran, Adele and te reo Ma¯ ori’ ... they all sell out so fast.’’

Sut­ton had never seen a sub­ject’s pop­u­lar­ity in­crease so rapidly.

‘‘It’s grown in the last two to three years, but this year it’s just through the roof.’’ They were hav­ing to train more teach­ers. Peo­ple weren’t just do­ing the in­tro­duc­tory course any more, they con­tin­ued to higher lev­els, he said.

Hos­pi­tal­ity work­ers, cor­po­rate ex­ec­u­tives and av­er­age New Zealan­ders, from age 16 to 80, were en­rolling.

‘‘Peo­ple are fi­nally un­der­stand­ing that we’re a bi­cul­tural coun­try, and this is worth learn­ing.’’

Te Wa¯nanga o Aotearoa has a wait­ing list of 3500 peo­ple for cour­ses na­tion­ally.

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