Learning te reo Maori has been important for me since I moved here from England 14 years ago.
Learning te reo Maori has been important for me since I moved here from England 14 years ago. As a teacher I wanted to ensure that my students were not disadvantaged because their teacher was not from New Zealand. I also wanted to ensure that my own children had as much opportunity to learn as possible. I consider it to be a huge privilege to be able to participate and learn Maori culture and the beautiful language that is so much more than words. I have learned so much about tikanga and kawa and continue to be inspired and amazed by the beauty of Maori culture. I am always learning, every day. It is my small way of showing my gratitude to live here in Aotearoa and honour those who came before. Tihei mauri ora!