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WATCH: He kawhe koa? Wellingtonians try coffee reo

Sep 25th, 2018 | By | Category: Latest News, News


Wellingtonians have been testing their Māori pronunciation by doing something that comes naturally to most, what they know best, ordering coffee.

The instructional coffee card Karaka cafe is using to help people order in Te Reo Maori.

During the recent e Wiki o te Reo Māori, Māori Language Week, a waterfront café has been encouraging locals to order their coffee in Te Reo by offering instructional coffee cards.

Karaka café worker Chelus Knowles, says working in a bilingual café helps her improve her knowledge of the language.

“I am Māori and it’s quite cool to be able to speak Māori and learn even more Māori each day,” she says.

The staff report tourists often order in Te Reo, and they’re encouraging locals to try too.

“We do want to encourage people. Don’t be afraid to speak it and don’t be afraid to try even,” she says.

Karaka Café owner Keri Retimanu, says they provide menus in both Te Reo Maori and English.


Karaka Cafe worker Chelus Knowles.




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