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John The Baptist

3m 2018

At the beginning of the 19th century, te reo Māori was the most commonly spoken language in Aotearoa (New Zealand). It is now considered one of the world’s most endangered languages. Inspired by a call from God - and a line in Aotearoa’s national anthem – John Catmur moves halfway around the world to immerse himself in the world of Māori not just to save souls but to save an oppressed language as well. Speaking only in te reo Māori to make the most of a majestic oratory tradition, this dedicated Baptist minister shares his remarkable passion for a language in peril.

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