As an immigrant coming from a far away land, I have started to realize that many countries that got colonized, had a problem with using their native tongue in schools etc as a result native languages got lost.
I work as a coordinator and my work is to connect people of different communities sono would like to enhance my knowledge and skills by learning Te reo and this way I can teach my kids also and would be able to prepare them for their future before enrolling in school.
to confidently participate in te ao Māori, I ensured my boys were nurtured in te ao Māori now I want to do me, as Rhonda Kite said "women tend to find their feet later in life, we take care of everyone else and then it's our turn"
Tooku Reo tooku ohooho tooku Reo tooku mapihi maurea ~
I am currently on my Te Reo journey at TWoA, for myself, my whaanau and carrying the legacy of my tuupuna 💕 I teach my tamariki at home, Te Reo is apart of our everyday koorero.
E kore matou e ngaro ana to tatou reo i te mea oku nei whakaaro e ki mai te tiriti o tatou tupuna kia ora ai matou te iwi maori tata ake ki te iwi pakeha ara he mahi tahi tatou ki nga mea whakahirahira nga mea katoa kia tipu ake tatou tetahi ki tetahi atu ano hoki ki te hapai mai ki te whakatika aua korero aua panui hoki me ako tonu
tena ka mahi tahi tatou
it's important to me because my mother was punished for speaking Māori and if I don't learn and encourage my daughter to learn then who will uphold our tikanga and run our Marae with the customs our tipuna fought so hard to uphold its up to us to keep it alive!