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Hone Hakanui


('Half-Caste') Kai Tahu Dip Tchg (Massey)

The dapper, ostensibly 'Maori', Maori Studies teacher, being dark and handsome certainly looks the part. The only trouble is he doesn't speak much Maori. He got into Training College on the third attempt only because they were short of Maori teachers. He got into secondary teaching only because they were short of Maori teachers. When fluent Maori speakers turn up to the school Hakanui simply calls in sick. To help cover his lack of knowledge, Hakanui uses the few Maori words he does know on high rotation, "We need to korero about the mahi ahead of us..."


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