My father grew up in Awarua in the far north and his first language he was taught was te reo Māori.
My father grew up in Awarua in the far north and his first language he was taught was te reo Māori. I grew up in Hamilton & went to high decile primary & intermediate schools where te reo Māori was not taught & my father did not pass te reo Māori down to me & my siblings. Last year I started my te reo Māori journey through undertaking & completed a te reo Māori & tikanga home based course 'He Papa Tikanga' through Te Wananga O Aotearoa. The content and resources were amazing & helped me gain a clearer understanding of the history of te reo Māori in Aotearoa. I am currently undertaking a Bachelor of Laws and am an aspiring Māori criminal lawyer. I hope to advocate for Māori in our justice system & work as a public defender for the public defence service. I believe it is vital for me as a Māori & advocate for Māori to develop a competent understanding of tikanga & become fluent in te reo Māori. I am currently pursuing other study in tikanga & te reo Māori. I plan to finish my law degree next year & undertake in 2022 the Te Tohu Paetahi te reo Māori full immersion one year couse. Learning te reo Māori is a beautiful journey for me & helping me to better connect with my iwi, hapu, whanau & cultural identity.