R - Auckland

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Kia ora koutou.
Kia ora koutou. As a family, who emigrated from England to New Zealand in 2007, we have recognised the importance of learning the Maori language, culture and traditions, for our children and their children’s children. Our granddaughter is due in 4 days, and her Maori identity will be shared with English, Scottish and Irish heritages - joined as one under an umbrella of cultures and traditions. The importance of learning Maori, will be shared with her and encouraged as she grows. We believe it is our responsibility to teach our children and grandchildren the importance of knowing where they come from, their languages, their cultures and heritages. Before, and in celebration of Maori language week, we have shared greetings in Maori, sang songs and played games. Our youngest daughter also attends weekly Maori lessons at school and converses with the teacher and students, and our oldest daughter sings and speaks Maori freely in our home, encouraging and supporting family members, who are trying to learn the language. We also encourage others and hope that the language and history, will be taught thoroughly in schools in the future. Nga mihi nui The Taylor Family