and finds more than just the language
Jonathan “Jono” Nelson always wanted to learn Te Reo Māori.
Growing up in Timaru, the hand cyclist, never had the opportunity to learn at school – now he is in his second year of learning the language, and says it was the best decision he has made.
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is being celebrated this week, with the number of speakers is growing. The Government has set a target of 1 million speakers of basic te reo by 2040, and 150,000 who are proficient.
For Nelson, a community support worker and hand cyclist, who is eyeing up the 2024 Paris Paralympics, the end of 2021 was finally the time to learn the language.
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