one floor at a time
A Christchurch teenager has elevated her native language by battling for two years to get te reo Māori programmed into her school lifts.
Rangimarie Te’evale-Hunt was only 13 and new to mainstream schooling when she made moves to have te reo Māori spoken in the lifts at the inner-city Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery school.
It took research, a consumer hero award on television show Fair Go, and the commitment of the lift company to realise the idea, which Rangimarie believed should not even be a debate.
“It was quite a lot of hard work just to get this little minor thing that should be in most lifts.”