Dr Te Rito says second language learners have become expert at reading and writing the language, but many lack the confidence to converse at length in it, so kiwaha, informal language, is being lost."People freeze when they come to speak, and for me that's all about lack of familiarity for your ears. "A lot of people can converse but it's constrained. [Hardcase exclamation.] * He hakari mo o taringa* Radio Kahungunu archival records Ka taea e enei kuia tokorua whakatoi nei te awhina i nga akonga o te reo ki te whakakiki i nga wharuarua o a ratau whakawhitiwhiti korero, hei ta te kairangahau a Takuta Joe Te Rito.
The Nga Pae o te Maramatanga Centre of Research Excellence academic is also the chairman of Radio Kahungunu in Hawkes Bay.Since 2009 he's been delving into the station's archives, particularly looking at former kaumatua host Apikara Rarere and her sometime sidekick Irirangi (Lil) Robin.