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Toni Wairama | May 2021

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The last 8 years I have learnt from many resources ie, kaumatua, all my friends, I enrolled online to a course learning te reo Maori, Tikanga, Correct kaupapa, Rawa, Karakia, and lots of Waiata.
Kia ora. The last 8 years I have learnt from many resources ie,kaumatua, all my friends, I enrolled online to a course learning te reo Maori, Tikanga, Correct kaupapa, Rawa, Karakia, and lots of Waiata. I'm so grateful, being adopted out as a child I was sick of just learning our colours, when I had kids, that started the ball rolling and now back with my real whanau I'm loving every minute, I study Rongoa which is also a huge part of my ambitions and was a big player driving me to learn, it certainly has increased my te reo Maori, plus learning the old school Maori not transliterated. I celebrate our culture as a community worker, its all the difference to approach all things thinking Maori, I was very ill, when I started with Cancer and It helped me to fight it off, I did Mahi ora and now I'm pretty equipped with alot of karakia, and waiata also. I will never give up at 53yrs old, having 183 first Maori cousins also helps, Nga mihinui koutou katoa !! Tihei Mauri Ora, oh my most favourite is Whakataukii I really love proverbs. "he waka eke noa" we are all in this together