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Milena Paula Da Silva Pereira Mia

I'm not from New Zealand, I've only been living here for four years, but I've fallen in love with the Māori culture, especially as it reminds me of my country and makes me feel less alone. I want to learn the language not only because I find it beautiful but because I learned English when I got to New Zealand because is the primary spoken language however Māori seems just as important as I'm a firm believer that the indigenous culture must be prevalent in the community. In my country we lost our indigenous language, it isn't spoken anymore, and that breaks my heart as I wish I could be part of it since my great grandmother is indigenous and so is most of my family.