Lizzy - Wellington

Te Reo Māori has been a significant part of my life and it has given me a lot of purpose and direction with my life path and my identity.
Te Reo Māori has been a significant part of my life and it has given me a lot of purpose and direction with my life path and my identity. My journey of Te Reo Māori began throughout my College years then continued on at Victoria University/Te Herenga Waka. Now, nearly 4 years into my education career as a Primary School Teacher, I am sharing my passion of Te Reo Māori with the next generation. It makes me so happy when my students show passion and interest during our Te Reo Māori lessons and when they go out of their way to engage with everyday Te Reo Māori - even coming up to me and saying 'kei te ngenge au!' I had a conversation with my class the other day and they came to the conclusion Te Reo Māori is a taonga that we must treasure and 'keep safe'. I feel proud to do my part in the revitalisation of Te Reo Māori through education and will continue this passion and dedication of Te Reo Māori throughout all aspects of my life. It makes me smile thinking that when my own children grow up, they will be in a society where Te Reo Māori is even more cherished and appreciated than ever. Arohatia Te Reo!