of te reo Māori
Māori language teacher Kay-Lee Jones didn’t grow up speaking te reo.
Her family would sing Māori songs but the main te reo Māori terms they used were for food.
“There was kina, pāua, karengo, penupenu. All of those types of words were our te reo Māori,” she says.
Today, Jones lectures at University of Canterbury’s (UC) School of Teacher Education and has taught te reo Māori to more than 2000 students who now work throughout New Zealand.