Janette shared a moment

Janette Gray | September 2021

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I began learning te reo in the 1950s and as a pakeha was considered by 0ther pakeha as strange.

I began learning te reo in the 1950s and as a pakeha was considered by 0ther pakeha as strange. this learning continued for many years and though not always active was always in my mind. I went to classes in the 1960s but had to stop as I had no support or help at work or by family..when I went to university in the 1980s I was able to formally study and gain qualifications in te reo and tikanga maori. I have a fairly good understanding and can follow korero in general terms. I would like to korero more but find it hard to get other te reo speakers to help me. over the years I have saved favotite waiata onto my computer and as I am alone I decided to have a sing along of old favourites.