Ma¯ori taught to law firm employees
In an effort to broaden their knowledge of Te Reo Ma¯ori, staff at Preston Russell Law have been taking daily lessons at the firm.
For September, staff have been having daily lessons at the firm which cover the basics of Te Reo Ma¯ori.
It is led by one of its law graduates Georgia Woodward.
Services manager Christine McLeod said for 15 minutes a day staff at the firm have been learning the basics of Te Reo and have been encouraged to use it in the office.
While staff were building their knowledge of Te Reo it was also about getting an insight into the culture that was part of our national identity, McLeod said.
‘‘We [have been] learning the days of the week.’’
It was a real asset having two Te Reo Ma¯ori speakers at the firm, McLeod said.
Woodward said she started the classes after seeing a real interest from her co-workers.
Te Reo Ma¯ori was something she wanted to be normalised in society everywhere, she said.
The classes were kept fairly simple and were mostly focussed on trying to perfect pronunciation for everyday words.
‘‘They’re learning so quickly I don’t know what I’m going to be teaching them next week because they’re picking up the basics so well.’’
Along with holding a first-class honours degree in Law, Woodward also had a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Te Reo Ma¯ori from the University of Waikato.
She has been learning language for nine years.
‘‘I just do it for the love of it. I the love it so much that people are really responsive to the way that I’m speaking about it and I’m really enthusiastic which helps.’’
Born and raised in the Waikato she has ties to Nga¯i Tahu ki Murihiku so in moving to Riverton, where she now lives, Woodward said she had returned to her ancestor’s grounds.
As for using it in her everyday work, she said there had been a few law changes recently that required documents to be filed in the high court that have the heading both in English and Ma¯ori.
‘‘I feel like New Zealand, and especially the law, is going to be incorporating Ma¯ori a lot more. So it’s good for us here to have a base in Ma¯ori language knowledge because more and more of the law will be incorporating [it]‘‘ Three Southland schools will be taking part in the Southland Secondary Schools Jazz Fest on September 22. Overall, seven schools will perform on the night. The premiere competition for musicians in secondary schools will be held at Ascot Park Hotel at 7pm.
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Law graduate Georgia Woodward has been running daily Te Reo tutorials throughout September for staff at Preston Russell Law.