Ruth shared a moment

Hoon Hay School | May 2021

Photo of Ruth | Huntsbury, Christchurch
I've been learning Te Reo for 4 years now - attending weekly classes with a bunch of like minded people - both Maori and Pakeha.
I've been learning Te Reo for 4 years now - attending weekly classes with a bunch of like minded people - both Maori and Pakeha. I love the sense of whānau we have created as we have been on this journey together. It's a long slow one for me but I am committed. While I am Pakeha, I am soon to have my first mokopuna in August. My kids are keen for me to make Te Reo Maori a beautiful part of my grandparenting. Te Reo Māori is part of our rich heritage as treaty partners. We need to keep the language alive and normalise it in our society. For me, it's a way of honouring our commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi and helping to undo some of the wrongs in the past.