Te Whanau-a-Apanui, Te Whakatōhea, Te Uri-o-Hau.
Kia ora! My name is Josh.
I hail from the great Te Tairawhiti and was born and bred in Gisborne which is located on the east coast of the north island. I am a graduate of Te Wananga Takiura and love sharing knowledge, practices and Te Reo Māori with anyone who is keen to take up the challenge to learn.
Typical of the people from east coast cities, I am very animated, love a laugh and will strive for excellence in your learning.
Testimonial September 2021: "
I am writing to provide feedback to Selwyn Community Education of my experience of Josh Wainui’s Levels 1 and 2 Beginners’ Te Reo Māori classes.
Josh has a lovely way of teaching and imparting knowledge. He is relaxed in his approach and yet focused on delivering a rounded experience including a variety of learning styles; there was a good balance of him teaching and kinesthetic learning with us speaking/practising in groups. Josh never made anyone feel embarrassed or awkward. On the contrary, his style was very inclusive and brought everyone along with him; he made the experience fun and most worthwhile. We not only learned beginners’ Teo Reo Māori language but also some culture, values, traditions, and customs too – all of which was most interesting and useful.
A big thanks to Josh for being himself, for sharing some personal experiences and insights, and for making learning Te Reo Māori so enjoyable. Liz"