Demand escalates for te reo M¯aori courses
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.