The Education Act 1877 provided for regular school inspections, and the inspectors were well placed to note the characteristics of New Zealand pronunciation as they travelled around the country. Inspectors frequently noted issues of speech and pronunciation in their reports - this report was written by Robert Lee, a Wellington inspector, in 1882. Neither school inspectors nor teachers could do much to stem the natural process of pronunciation change.
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Reference: Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives, 1882, E-1B, p. 8
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