Three reasons to learn te reo Māori

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Three reasons to learn te reo Māori

By Claire Salter
Waikato pharmacist Claire Salter
Community pharmacist Claire Salter shares the reasons why she decided to complete a full-immersion Māori language course

Community pharmacist Claire Salter took part in a full-immersion Māori language course run at the University of Waikato’s Tauranga campus in 2022. She discusses her reasons for learning te reo as a Pākehā. From April, having a basic understanding of te reo Māori will be a requirement for all pharmacists under the Pharmacy Council’s competency standards

Inā kei te mōhio koe ko wai koe, i anga mai koe i hea, kei te mōhio koe kei te anga atu ki hea. If you know who you are and where you are from, the

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