Felicity shared a moment

Felicity Hurst | May 2021

I grew up in Christchurch in from the late 1960's and didn't learn te reo at home or school.
I grew up in Christchurch in from the late 1960's and didn't learn te reo at home or school. Part of growing up in NZ was that we did enjoy aspects of te Ao Maori such as an annual Hangi beside the Ashley river and listening to Treaty issues on the radio which often spoke of pakeha and maori. By the 1990's I was living in Kenya ,when I said I was from NZ, the locals would korero Maori back and I thought wow I really must go back to NZ and learn more about Te Ao Maori. On returning to NZ I lived in a place called Minginui and my children went to kohunga reo so learning reo was part of some happy memories that I am still appreciating in 2021 especially having a work place which is embracing and encouraging nga mea Maori.