Yvette shared a moment

Yvette Papesch | March 2021

I struggled with my identity growing up being half maori and half euro/slav.
I struggled with my identity growing up being half maori and half euro/slav. I was a little white girl claiming she was maori so i got bullied alot from my own people as well, i got bullied out of kapa haka in intermediate for the same reason, children can be so cruel. It turned me off learning any reo as a kid because i was scared to be lynched by my own culture! Growing older that became a regret i really wished i told them to stuff it because i love my culture sooo much! Its who i am! I feel so lost and i know becoming fluent in reo will make me feel so whole!