The number of adults learning te reo Māori has increased over 50 per cent in the past several years, but only about a third carry on to higher levels. Michael Neilson spent an evening with a full immersion class to see why they have "taken the plunge", and how they stay committed to the kaupapa

You can hear the laughter from down the hallway.

It is just after 6pm on a Wednesday night, and while most Aucklanders are heading home, a group of dedicated students are packed into a classroom, learning te reo Māori.

These are level 5 students, in

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