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No. 73 (July 1973)
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Ani Bosch leads a quick-fire question and answer session in Maori language

To begin this short essay I would like to direct my thoughts to the topic of Maori language in schools. What is being done about this?

Many books have been written to help teachers. Many records of the Maori language are available, including Roka Paora's, Bruce Biggs', and those by Wiremu Ngata. A scheme now available to assist teachers is that referred to in English as a Teachers' Refresher Course.

A school of this type was held at Waiwhetu Marae on 11–12 April 1972.

The things we studied and participated in were Maori language, weaving food-baskets, flax handling, learning our Maori action songs, (Keri Kaa was the tutor for this) painting pictures and miming and moving to express ideas and emotions.

This was a very good course arranged by us the Wellington teachers. We all met to study Maoritanga, to improve ourselves as school teachers.