• Wikitoria - Wellington

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:05 PM

    The significance is as a nation, we can embrace the language of scriptural truth, and not miss out in delivering Gods word, in our own language in “Te Reo Maori”!

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  • Tony - Auckland

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:05 PM

    Te Reo Maori is one of three official languages in Aotearoa.

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  • Toi - Rotorua

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:05 PM

    I want to support.

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  • Tiana - Taranaki

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:05 PM

    It’s important because this is me acknowledging my ancestors and also acknowledging the world we live in today Freedom of speech and all that.

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  • Terry - Marton

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:05 PM

    I am a Pakhea and as a New Zealander I lucky to have two official languages.

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  • Teressa - Maramarua

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:05 PM

    Proud of my culture X.

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  • Tara - Auckland

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:05 PM

    For all of Aotearoa to learn and grow as a whole hapori.

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  • suzanne - rotorua

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:05 PM

    For my whanau and for my own continuous learning journey.

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  • Suveen - Auckland

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:05 PM

    What drives me to learn Te Reo Maori is to honour the Tangata Whenua of this land by making sure as tau iwi I put in the Mahi to educate myself and those around me on tino rangatiratanga to create a more inclusive Aotearoa community.

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  • Sue - Auckland

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:05 PM

    So that I can be closer to my tupuna, my hapu and whanau.

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  • Simon - Nelson

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:05 PM

    My identity is bound to my ancestral language.

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  • Shelley - Auckland

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:05 PM

    I am South African so have to work extra hard to teach Maori.

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  • Sharlene - Whanganui

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:05 PM

    My why is my whānau, my whakapapa and the generations to come.

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  • Sara - Wellington

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:05 PM

    Te Reo is such a beautiful language and I feel that learning even a little more each year can only be beneficial to me and my family.

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  • Sam - Sunshine Coast

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:05 PM

    I am in Australia but still call Aotearoa my home.

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  • Roxie - Tāmaki Makaurau

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:05 PM

    At 5 years old my family were placed in Aōtearoa as refugees from Iran.

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  • Ronal - Auckland

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:05 PM

    It is important for us to take part because Te Reo is an official language of New Zealand and it is important that our students learn how to speak it and normalise it in everyday conversation.

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  • rochelle - waiouru

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:05 PM

    Ko te reo te Puutaketanga o te Ao Maaori, koinaa te take e perangi ana teenei ki te tautoko te kaupapa nei.

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  • Rob - Tamaki Makaurau

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:05 PM

    The resurgence of Te Reo Māori is awesome.

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  • Reuben - Wellington

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:05 PM

    I want to be able to speak my language fluently and with confidence, and for the reo to become widespread across New Zealand.

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  • Pernille - Tauranga

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:05 PM

    This is my culture.

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  • Patrick - Titirangi

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:05 PM

    I want to take part to support a culture which I love (not my own) but that of my son and his whanau.

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  • Parawai - Rotorua

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:05 PM

    My mother and father didn't know Te Reo until their adulthood, while their children had it since they were born.

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  • Pania - Whakatū

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:05 PM

    He taonga te reo Māori, me rere tō tatou reo rangatira!

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  • pam - chritchurch

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:05 PM

    our language is our culture.

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  • Nikki - Whangarei

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:05 PM

    For my tamariki to become more versed in the reo.

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  • Nigel - Tāmaki Makaurau

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:05 PM

    Following my heart.

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  • Nawa - Tauranga

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:05 PM

    It is nz culture and it’s nice and important to me with my wife being Māori and im a foreigner from Asian country so it’s really good for me to learn and respect and honour this language of nz.

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  • Natasha - Auckland

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:05 PM

    I just love learning about New Zealand's history and what it's like to be a Maori.

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  • Mitchell - New Plymouth

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:05 PM

    Mō āku tamariki.

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  • Missy - Masterton

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    Personal growth learning te reo maori.

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  • Miranda - Auckland

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    A belief that te reo is one of NZ's taonga.

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  • Michelle - Auckland

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    I am part Maori (Te Rarawa decent) and have been learning Te Reo over the past 2 years so I can be more confident in using it in my classes with my tamariki and also for my own personal growth as Maori.

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  • Michele - Auckland

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    Kia kaha te reo Māori!

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  • Michael - Te Puke

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    To learn, understand and respect tikanga Maori.

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  • Maylene - Wellington

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    It's important for te reo Māori to flourish as it's unique to Aotearoa.

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  • mary - matatā

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    identity.

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  • marie - Whanganui

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    To be part of what a New Zealander is.

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  • Maree - Opotiki

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    To speak Maori.

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  • Manpreet - auckland

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    To actively promote maori language use.

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  • Mani - Auckland

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    love learning more about the language and culture.

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  • Mana - Auckland

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    Because I am Maori and i want to learn about my culture.

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  • Lydia - Auckland

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    So I can be more in touch with the native language.

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  • Lizzy - Wellington

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    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.

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  • Liz - Coromandel

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    Because I believe Te Reo should be part of our everyday lives.

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  • Liz - Auckland Tamaki Makaurau

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    I am new to Aotearoa New Zealand and te reo Maori is a unique and wonderful part of the fabric of the land and people.

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  • Linda - Melbourne

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    I'm of Cook Island decent born n breed in NZ, I attended Kohanga Reo and Kura Kaupapa Maori with my son back in the 90's and worked for Te Wananga o Aotearoa in childcare.

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  • Les - Whanganui a Tara

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    I’m on a personal journey moving from Te Po to Te Ao.

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  • Leon - invercargill

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    Education and understanding.

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  • Kyra - Auckland

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    so that i can learn how to speak maori and understand maori and yea thats all i can think off.

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  • Kerry - Palmerston North

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    Supporting my Maori friends retain their culture.

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  • Kaya - Pukekohe

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    Because if I take that time to learn I won't be so whakama about not being able to speak Te Reo Maori.

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  • Kathryn - Long Bay

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    Te reo is our national language important to integrate te reo into the curriculum daily where possible.

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  • Karen - Waiuku

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    To stay true to who I am as Maori & be encouraged to speak what Te Reo I do know.

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  • karen - Feilding

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    The uniqueness of te reo Māori is a taonga.

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  • Justine - Kaimaumau

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    Because I feel as though, I’m missing a part of Who I am as a person.

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  • Judy - Dargaville

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    Te reo Maori is one of our official languages.

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  • Juanita - Tauranga

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    acknowledge, celebrate, identify.

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  • Juanita - London

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    It has been one regret I have in life is not learning te reo, not just at home but being so far away in the UK it’s been even harder to learn when You don’t have the confidence but also being isolated out in the sticks so Video calling has been my saviour!

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  • John

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    Te Reo Maori is one of our 3 official languages, and our first language.

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  • Jo - Te Puke

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    As I am doing a Te Reo course at work I would like to improve and extend my knowledge of the Maori language as well as understanding Maori Matauranga.

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  • jewel - Gore

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    As a Māori I strongly believe that our culture and language deserves more respect and acknowledgement that it has been given.

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  • Jess - Cambridge

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    Personally I think learning Te Reo Māori and the Tikanga connects us back to Papatuanuku, reminds us about what it really means to be not only Māori, but to be a human being - to take our minds away from the material world we have become so immersed in, and to appreciate the people and the earth in which surrounds us and REALLY actually matter in our lives (that was quite deep 😂).

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  • Jenny - Henderson

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    Although I am Pakeha I feel a strong connection to all things Maori and I love sharing this beautiful taonga with the pepi in my care in our ECE centre.

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  • Jane - Wellington

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    Ko matou enei!

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  • Jane - Tāmaki Makaurau

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    Te Reo Māori is important to me because it connects me with my tūpuna, my whakapapa, my whenua.

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  • Jane - Porirua

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    Its future.

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  • Jane - Dunedin

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    In 2017 I went to the Waitangi Day celebrations at Otakou Marae.

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  • James - Kirikiriroa

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    To strengthen te reo Maaori in Aotearoa.

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  • jade - sydney

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    i have lived in australia for to long i have forgotten maori tanga whaikorero.

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  • Jackie - Mahia

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    He taonga te reo rangatira - tiakina, kōrerohia te reo kia ora ai.

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  • Irenee - Wellington

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    To communicate with others for example learn sign language.

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  • Igor - Auckland

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    Taking part during the natives is important since this is actually their land so we should respect and celebrate their language!

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  • Honey - Whangarei

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    Because our language is going away and I want to do my part in keeping it around for my kids to learn.

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  • Hoia - Wellington

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    To keep our language strong.

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  • Hoani - Christchurch

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    Ko tāku, kia parakatihi I tōku nei Reo Maori.

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  • gina - Rotorua

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:04 PM

    Kia tautoko te kaupapa o te wiki o te reo Māori.

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  • Gael - Auckland

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:03 PM

    Speaking Te reo Maori is important for all Kiwis.

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  • Francis - Auckland

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:03 PM

    Important to learn the native language of the land and I believe language is culture.

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  • Flic - Auckland

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:03 PM

    Because I'm a proud New Zealander and te reo Maori is part of this countries heritage.

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  • Fiona - Christchurch

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:03 PM

    I believe that it is incumbent on us all and especially immigrants like myself to be respectful and to learn as much as we can about the culture of the Tangata Whenua and Te Reo is essential to this understanding.

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  • Evelyn - Ararat

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:03 PM

    Connection.

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  • Ethan - Wellington

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:03 PM

    Because people should know the language of the land or at least acknowledge it.

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  • Ethan - Auckland

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:03 PM

    It is a very special event.

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  • Erana - Ohawe, Hawera

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:03 PM

    Our Reo is a taonga, and I'm determined to pass it on to my tamariki - already my kotiro speaks and understands more than I did at her age!

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  • Elspeth - Auckland

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:03 PM

    I love singing and tu tiri mai nga iwi is my favorite song.

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  • Donna - Melbourne

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:03 PM

    Respect and appreciation of my Māori ancestry and culture.

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  • delena - Upper Hutt

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:03 PM

    Awesome to appreciate our national language and ensure it remains an important part of our culture and society as a country.

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  • Deborah - Leithfield

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:03 PM

    Because it is what makes New Zealand , New Zealand.

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  • David

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:03 PM

    Because I want everyone to feel brave and confident about speaking te red Maori in my family.

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  • Cree - Hamilton

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:03 PM

    It is important to recognize that Te Reo Māori is an amazing and beautiful part of our culture, to learn and to speak.

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  • Cihat - Auckland

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:03 PM

    I have migrated to Aotearoa 27 years ago and I hardly know anything about Te Reo so I thought it is time to try learning the language of the land and connect with indigenous culture.

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  • Christopher - Auckland

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:03 PM

    I want to know my ancestors and there native tongue.

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  • Catherine - Wellington

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:03 PM

    Even though I am not Maori and parents are immigrants, we all live in New Zealand and Maori should be embraced every week!

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  • Catherine - Bay Of Plenty

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:03 PM

    My 7month old daughter is Māori and i would like to support and uplift her journey in Te Reo Māori.

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  • Cathaleen - Melbourne

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:03 PM

    Because who said our language wasn’t as important as any other language? nobody!

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  • Carmel - Katikati

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:03 PM

    It's my language and culture and have been wanting to learn for a long time now.

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  • Billy - Hong Kong

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:03 PM

    Would like to learn more about Maori culture.

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  • Bianca - Berlin

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:03 PM

    As a relatively new kiwi (I immigrated six years ago), I want to understand everything about Aotearoa.

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  • Bhupinder - Auckland

    Posted by · September 17, 2020 1:03 PM

    I originally belong to India and practice Sikh religion.

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