turnout shows 'thirst' for language
Haka tutor and mau rākau exponent Hemi Tai Tin (Ngāti Hine, Hāmoa) has a message for teachers of te reo.
“Be committed, be steadfast ... for a whole generation. Be in for the long haul, for those of us who were left in ignorance.”
Tai Tin spoke today at Te Kaiaotanga o Te Reo, the second Māori language symposium in the top of the south following last year’s inaugural event in Blenheim.
Around 700 people attended the first day of the two-day event at the Trafalgar Centre in Nelson. Organisers said the number was around double last year’s turnout.