Waitākere College

Former ISC Student Now An Advocate Of Te Reo Māori for nonverbal people

Geneva Hakaraia-Tino has a vision that all tāngata whaikaha Māori will be able to communicate in te reo – including those who are non-speaking.

Geneva was an outstanding student of the Inclusion Support Centre (ISC) here at  Waitākere College. Geneva was born with cerebral palsy and has limited speech abilities.
After finishing high school 10 years ago, Geneva gained her bachelor's degree and is now doing amazing things with her promotion of Te Reo for nonverbal people.
Now, she’s now taken it upon herself to develop a synthetic te reo voice that pronounces words correctly with the eloquence she loves about te reo Māori.

Hakaraia-Tino says having a te reo synthetic voice will mean she can finally express herself in te reo and share the language she’s learnt over many years.

She can now confidently hold a kōrero in te reo and deliver a mihi at hui. She says it “really makes my heart happy” knowing how much she’s advanced in her reo and how much she can understand now.

The above excerpt's are taken from the full article about Geneva Hakaraia-Tino's project, written by Olivia Shivas for Stuff. Read the full article here.