Jody shared a moment

Jody Gunter | May 2021

I started Te reo Māori in 4th form when it was introduced as a subject at high school - I passed school C Māori but there wasn’t an opportunity to continue post school as most were English speakers only.
I started Te reo Māori in 4th form when it was introduced as a subject at high school - I passed school C Māori but there wasn’t an opportunity to continue post school as most were English speakers only. I believe Māori should be compulsory in schools in NZ. I’ve seen my bi-lingual friend’s children go on to do great things through Te Reo and kapahaka and the principles of Te Reo and Te Ao Māori are principles we can all learn from. I’m now left behind in my Te reo Māori abilities and am usually emersed in Te reo on return home to friends. Therefore, I would like to be more proactive and engaging and have a better understanding all round for my own knowledge and benefit to feel confident speaking official language of Aotearoa that was stolen and help towards restoration and participation.