I'm an Italian girl and I started studying te reo 3 months ago. Since then I fell in love with Māori culture, respect and traditions. I am grateful to feel so close to you, even if I am on the other side of the world. Whakanui te Reo!
When I was younger, although I could understand te reo fairly well, I was rubbish at speaking it. Then when I got to high school a part of me just gave up learning. Looking back now I wish I hadn't. I want to do anything and everything I can now to make up for the decisions I made, that affected my abilities in all things Māori.