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Elizabeth Samuel | September 2021

I am Cook Island Maori and recently have felt an increasing passion to know my whakapapa.

I am Cook Island Maori and recently have felt an increasing passion to know my whakapapa. I found out in 2008 that my grandfather was one of the Ariki in Rarotonga who flew to Tokomaru Bay to acknowledge the relationship that Ngati Porou have with Rarotonga. I want to learn how to speak Te Reo Maori and know that waiata will help me immensely. I love singing in Te Reo Maori - there is such a powerful and indescribable feeling that comes with it in my wairua.

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