March 26, 2019
Fush takes reo hikoi through Te Waipounamu
Fush is taking its advocacy for the reo Māori on the road.
The Christchurch restaurant’s free lessons have ballooned from what was supposed to be a small gathering to classes of more than 600 students.
Owners Maia and Anton Matthews will now offer lessons in ine towns across Te Waipounamu starting with Greymouth in April.
Mr Matthews says Māori, Pākeha and people all over the world now understand the importance of the language to New Zealand’s cultural identity and are flocking to learn it.
The Matthews whānau and team will travel with a caravan kitchen so they can serve up kai with their te reo lessons.
All lessons are completely free and at a beginner level.
The goal is to help people build enough confidence to speak and incorporate a little bit of Māori in their everyday language, or at least pronounce place names correctly.
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