Gail shared a moment

Gail Simpson | May 2021

Photo of Gail | Taranaki
Kia Ora as a Te Tiriti treaty partner and some one who has Maori and European ancestors.
Kia Ora as a Te Tiriti treaty partner and some one who has Maori and European ancestors. I feel that now I am retired from teaching I finally have the time to find out how to speak Te Reo correctly without being corrected for my bad pronounciation. As well as learning Maori protocols so when I go onto a Marae I don’t upset anyone by my lack of understanding of them. To be connected to my whanau’s ancestors past and present. Another goal , I have as part of the Rongamou Community Action group is to advocate and lobby as a Te Tiriti partner for equality for Tangata Whenua in local government and the community. By being able to speak Te Reo and understand Maori History and protocols helps with this.My father’s brother Sir Paul Reeves advocated for better Maori representation for Taranaki 11 years ago and we are continuing with his vision. Nga Mihi