I have a strong connection to Māori culture. A big part of this was my schooling through the 80s and 90s in Taranaki. Regular waiata at school assemblies, te reo classes, school haka training and Maori art. I loved and respected it and didn’t realize how lucky I was at the time to have the experience and support from the Waitara community. Doing our OE separated me from connecting with it and now we are back in Aotearoa and bringing up young kids, we celebrate Māori by doing karakia Kai every night, te reo card games in the rainy weekends, matariki and waiata on the radio. My why is to create the connection of Maori culture for our kids. It’s in their identity.