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Te reo and a cuppa are ka pai

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12.07.2019

OPINIOIN: Sometimes it's the simplest things that can have the most impact.

Like the work of Hamilton café owner Lesley Leevey. She wants to do her bit to get New Zealanders bilingual and is encouraging customers at her café, The District, to order their coffee in te reo Māori.

She's developed a how-to order kawhe in te reo for those willing to give it a go and as Māori is Lesley's second language, she is happy to lend an ear and some advice.

It's thought to be Hamilton's first bilingual café, maybe New Zealand's, but with New Zealanders' addiction to caffeine she may have struck on something. The Māori language and the culture, to which it is a window, appears to be undergoing a resurgence in recent years. People want to learn to speak te reo. We have work places paying for their staff to take te reo courses, community courses that are often booked out and a proliferation of apps to help us learn like Drop or Aki even Spark and Google have got in on the act with an app called kupu which uses photo recognition to identify things in te reo. There are also apps like Waikato Regional Council's kawe kōrero a resource for language and Māori protocol.

READ MORE:
* Kōrero with your coffee at Hamilton cafe
* More South Canterbury organisations enrol staff for Te Reo classes
* Wellington's journey towards becoming a te reo capital

As a region we're also quite good at showing off our significant cultural history. Mt eldest daughter started her schooling in Hamilton and can recount the history........

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