Manaia | Matariki 2023

Talisha Buckingham Manaia

This year I am away from Aotearoa for Matariki, I am helping out at a summer camp in the United States. I have missed hearing te reo everyday but what has brought me peace and happiness has been being able to teach the campers te reo Māori, share stories of tikanga and my passion for Matariki and the special activities which happen during this time, the meanings of the stars and the special connection we have to them. I've loved being able to hear campers use te reo and be interested in learning more. I love sharing this language and culture with people from all over the world!