My mother was of the generation where they were punished for speaking te reo māori in the playgrounds. She spoke so eloquently in te reo it was beautiful to listen to korero i nga wa katoa to her brother and sisters. They were great orators. She vowed that our reo will never be lost. I am learning my reo and will continue this kaupapa for my whānau for the future of whakapapa and we are gifted to have such a beautiful language that is forever evolving, Tihei Mauri Ora!