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Keri Elvin

Chair of Taranaki Community Education

Ko Taranaki te maunga

Ko Kapuni te awa

Ko Aotea te waka

Ko Taranaki Ko Ngaruahine ngā iwi

Ko Ngāti Tu, Ko Ngāti Kahumate ngā hapū

Kei Manaia te marae, Ko Waiokura

How did you become connected to Taranaki Community Education?
As the Manager of Taranaki Adult Literacy Services and now the Chairperson of Taranaki
Community Education. It has been exciting to be involved in the transition and we look forward to
continued growth.

Tell us a bit about your background.
I was a board member and Te reo Māori tutor with ACE Taranaki and in this role trained many
regional community education tutors.
By doing this I became aware of the diverse knowledge in our community. I strongly believe in
the value of community education and wanted to be involved in the revival of affordable courses
for our community.
Initially I began tutoring te reo Māori at St Andrews church and had people driving up from
Manaia through storms to get to my night classes. I love meeting new people and have had the
privilege to have authors, VIPs, managers, musicians and kaumatua in my classes.

What makes your course unique? Who should attend and why?
This course is unique in that we have themes every term. The focus is on conversation, kōrero,
so the language can be heard and normalised.
The learning environment is fun, supportive and safe, using a variety of resources to ensure that
all learning styles are catered for.
Participants are constantly building on previous learning, sharing their experiences and applying
their learning with other whānau, kaimahi and hoa.
Both beginners and intermediate learners join us to begin their journey, refresh their learning and
build their networks of people to kōrero with.

Keri is the Legal Solutions te reo coach. She has been amazing. She is extremely patient and

good natured. Kia Ora Keri.

Karen Venables

Ae tautoko! Keri has done some mahi with us at Venture Taranaki. She is the real


Nadia Phillips
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