Wednesday, 29 July 2009

celebrating te reo and a disclaimer

time for a lighter post today, so i'm going to celebrate maori language week. as usual, i'm loving the extra bits of te reo on radio and television, keep it going post maori-language week i say.

unfortunately, i have to sheepishly admit that i haven't improved my knowledge of te reo since last year. so to redeem myself, i'll encourage everyone else to subscribe to this "word of the day service made available by email and RSS feed". and yes, i've subscribed to it myself! (hat tipped to helen keviom on AEN).

when i'm in a more serious mood, i'll say more things about the way we (don't) value education, about how education has a value beyond the purely economic and about the fact that education is not a means to an end but an end in and of itself. but today is not that day.

instead, i'm going to reproduce this awesome disclaimer by anita at kiwipolitico, because it is just so totally awesome. and it applies to this blog too:

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