Jacqui shared a moment

Jacqui Brouwer | May 2021

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Ko te reo te mauri o te mana māori - Tihei Mauriora.
Ko te reo te mauri o te mana māori - Tihei Mauriora. My why for learning te reo rangatira: Te reo rangatira is my connection to the taonga tuku iho that were stripped away through the systematic and deliberate processes of colonisation. Since stepping into my learning journey of te reo rangatira I have grown as a person, and feel a deeper understanding of who I was supposed to be in this life. As I grow I begin to get clarity of the importance of knowing ko wai koe, nā wai koe, i ahu mai koe i hea? from this my desire to give back increases. I have always said my journey resembles the famous lyrics of Prince Tui Teka " the more I find out the less I know". I am grateful for the calming inspiration of whakatauakī for example 'ahakoa he iti he pounamu' reminds me to calm the taniwha and be grateful for each step in my learning journey. Te reo rangatira is a treasure and holds the ecological roadmap to Māori wellbeing.