Ahlene shared a moment

Ahlene Hemi | May 2021

Photo of Ahlene | Tokoroa
Like so many other people my age we were taught that we needed to discard our Māori identity in order to make it in the pakeha world.
Like so many other people my age we were taught that we needed to discard our Māori identity in order to make it in the pakeha world. I have drifted in and out of my Māori side as it suited me over the years. When I began working for different Māori agencies and them allowing me to continue my journey in an encouraging and non-judgemental way I have now made te reo and all things Māori a priority. I have begun to use my Māori lense and I am so glad that I have. I work for a Māori agency now and every year we celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori and every year I know I have improved. My goal is to be as fluent as others and to hold complete conversations with ease.