Kia ora. I was brought up mainstream. My father's mantra. "Get an education. Good job and travel. Mum and dad were brought up in a community where reo was spoken ia ra ia ra. I went to TWA to learn te reo. I learnt quickly and more from my two year old moko. I went to Te Atarangi in 1981 and followed a couple of other courses. 1999 I studied Maori and Media studies at Massey. Group participation was great. Finally at the WA the Reo l had accumulated finally made sense. He tino miharo. Watching my son totally immersed in reo and mahi plus 6 moko learning reo, oldest at 21yrs who taught Nani more kupu. Ko te Reo te mauri o Te Mana Maori. Mauri Ora.