August 30, 2016
Mahuru Maori challenge for motu
A Te Reo Maori advocate is challenging speakers to only speak Maori through the month of September.
It’s the third year Paraone Gloyne is doing his Mahuru Maori challenge, and about 30 people have signed up to join him, including some kaimahi from Te Wananga o Aotearoa.
The rules are flexible – people can do it a day a week if that’s all they can cope with.
Dr Gloyne says it’s a great way to find holes in a language, as he has realised doing ordinary tasks like making breakfast.
"There’s lots and lots words I don't know or that I've come to learn or have wanted to know through doing Mahuru Maori, in all sorts of areas, domains, places, time. So it's a wonderful wonderful challenge and I challenge any competent speaker to actually do Mahuru Maori at least once in your life. You'll experience all sorts of things, you'll feel all sorts of things," he says.
Paraone Gloyne says the biggest challenge can be dealing with the attitudes of people who only want to be talked to in English.
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