158 years ago a boat load of my ancestors arrived in NZ from the UK.158 years ago a boat load of my ancestors arrived in NZ from the UK. Their crops failed and they would have starved to death had it not been for the kindness and the generosity of the local Maori. I am here today because of them. I am not Maori but I feel the Maori culture is part of who I am. I respect and support their traditions and want to help these to thrive and become more mainstream in Aotearoa. Lastly I want to become less self conscious when talking in Maori.