Sun shines on 1 NEWS weatherman Dan's te reo efforts with 'big improvement'

The sun's shining on 1 NEWS weather presenter Dan Corbett's efforts to use te reo in his broadcasts during Māori Language Week and a big improvement last night has been praised by viewers.

Dan made a few stumbles on Māori words in his first attempt at the language on air on Monday night and put these down to a "brain freeze moment".

Dan, who adlibs his weather reports rather than scripting them, said he'd put some of the Māori words in the autocue to help him along for the rest of the week.

Last night he delivered a faultless intro to the weather in te reo and used several Māori words to describe weather conditions through his report - such as mahana for warm.

Viewers noted his progress as they commented via Facebook.

"How cool was Dan’s second attempt tonight! Absolutely nailed it - ka pai!" Sarah McBride messaged.

Lizzy Stubbington wrote: "Great improvement from last night Dan, you showed great tenacity and delivered like a pro tonight."

While Joe Sauvao enthused: "Good on you TVNZ Weather man. You stuck to te reo and improved."

Our weather presenter is weaving te reo into his Māori Language Week broadcasts and viewers reckon he's doing an awesome job Source: 1 NEWS

Dan's use of Maori has even persuaded viewer Annabel Kateto stick with 1 NEWS.

"So awesome to see 1 News truely embracing Te wiki o Te Reo Māori. the support given to Dan Corbett too is awesome, and should always be encouraged. A really cool effort from everybody at 1 News and something you should be proud of and celebrate. I’ve never really cared which news I watch but I’ll watching 1 from now," she said. 

Marianna Beech was similarly impressed.

"I so love Dan speaking in te reo Maori. Kai pai Dan. I understood every kupu you said. I know it has to be trying for you but you make me proud. I've never heard the weather said in te reo before..well not counting Te Karere. Big ups TV One for giving it your best," she wrote.

Jenny Clements wrote that she'd love to see subtitles with te reo on the news so non te reo speakers "can learn as we hear".

Dan says he's been taking te reo classes over the winter and this year thought he'd give it a go during Māori language week.

It seems 1 NEWS viewers are overwhelmingly glad he did.

Viewers reckon Dan Corbett is showing great tenacity sticking to speaking te reo during Māori Language Week. Source: 1 NEWS