Kaya shared a moment

Kaya Tanoa | June 2021

Last year, my why was not to feel so whakama about not speaking Te Reo Māori.

Last year, my why was not to feel so whakama about not speaking Te Reo Māori.

Today I still feel that way, but through University, I have understood that language is associated with culture and identity. Like being comfortable with who I am, and that is being a non-fluent Māori. So every day I spend studying the language is a step closer to the revitalisation of Te Reo Māori in Aotearoa.

For years, I have suppressed who I was to fit in, and now I see that is not something I wish to continue— Kaitiaki of not only whenua and he Tangata but the language which is a taonga for Māori.