I haven't always been confident in being Māori as growing up it was looked down on but the older I've gotten and being a Māma I've had to be that person standing strong not only for my tīpuna but also my tamariki. So every year when te wiki ō te reo Māori comes around we celebrate with waiata, kai and whanau gathering to share stories about our whanau and our journeys. My big girls did a kapahaka perfomance to celebrate their grandparents and we always learn a new phrase everyday during reo week. I've taught my girls to stand strong in their culture and reo because it's got to start somewhere right so why not from me. Kia kaha Māori ma.