October 28, 2021
Reo champion Gloyne moves on
Te Wānanga o Aotearoa has said farewell to one of its longest serving kaiako, te reo Māori and tikanga expert Paraone Gloyne.
Mr Gloyne says it’s like Hotel California – you can check out, but you can never leave – and he expected there will be plenty to keep him busy in the te reo Māori space.
While his tenure lasted 17 years, his ties with the wānanga go back even further, when as a 17 year old he did work experience with the Reverend Te Napi Waaka at what was then the Waipā Kōkiri in Te Awamutu.
He’s seen four chief executives come and go, and acknowledges the vision of founder Rongo Wetere with his controversial policy to make te reo Māori lessons free.
“You’ve got lots of free courses now in other organisations and institutes and the wānanga inspired that, encouraged that, so if I can quote the wānanga kōrero, he takapau mātauranga, he whānau huarewa – whānau transformation through education is absolutely what Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is,” Mr Gloyne says.
Paraone Gloyne will continue with his bilingual podcast Taringa.