It's all very well for Sonya Bateson (Opinion, September 12) to promote te reo Māori being taught in schools, but I think her vision may be somewhat blinkered.

First, suggesting Māori be relegated to yesteryear as the only alternative to teaching it in schools is a bit drastic.

Let's make learning Māori a choice. While there is a growing interest in it, I don't see why anyone should be forced to learn it when it really serves no practical purpose other than to gain a greater appreciation of Māori culture.

German, Latin and French are important because they are languages

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But history is a must

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