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Tee Bird Maia

I never had whanau around me to teach me from a young age - my grandparents spoke te reo but they never taught my dad and his siblings - therefore there was no pressure from my parents to learn it. I admire people who can effortlessly speak reo beautifully. In school when I did try and learn my teacher ripped pages from my book in front of the class when I didn't get things right and told me i hurt his ears when i would speak it so i got a lot of anxiety around speaking.