Jacinta shared a moment

Jacinta Penn | May 2021

Photo of Jacinta | Auckland
I started to see the Maori language as part of New Zealand's heritage during a train journey to the mountains which had an audio history of the area.
I started to see the Maori language as part of New Zealand's heritage during a train journey to the mountains which had an audio history of the area. I also learned more about Te Ao Maori in my Masters and loved the idea of everything being about bettering the whole community and the planet. Since I started, I am now helping our workforce also gain Te Reo, as part of their Learning and Development team. Since I help train our kaiako (teachers), I will be not only helping them but our tamariki (children) as well. Plus I don't want anyone to feel whakama (shame) that they don't know their language - I want them to feel enabled, supported and empowered. Also, since my ancestors came here as fencibles and soldiers from Ireland, I want to make amends and this is one way I can do that.