In 1972 a petition was presented to the New Zealand parliament, asking for Te Reo Maori to be recognised as an official language. It took 15 more years for that to become a reality, And now the Government is aiming for one million New Zealanders to speak Te Reo by 2040.
This month we caught up with May Lee Allen, on her role at Haka Works and her own ambitions for helping us all to take more of an interest in Te Reo. May Lee grew up in Papakura, South Auckland, and at primary school she was introduced to Kapa Haka, igniting her passion for Maori culture.
On 11 November she’ll be hosting a Te Reo Masterclass with our network with the aiming of sharing some basic skills. May Lee is a huge advocate of Maori language and education. Her role at Haka Works combines the two, an organisation that uses Maori culture, including haka, to help teams connect and align at events and conferences.
May Lee Allen is a speaker of Te Reo Maori and has taught in a Maori immersion secondary school. After over a decade in traditional classrooms, this year May Lee began teaching online with her students particularly valuing the opportunity to speak Maori in a safe, supportive, interactive online environment.