Renee - Auckland

As a child born in 1985 to a Maori Father and Pakeha Mother, things were rough for me.
As a child born in 1985 to a Maori Father and Pakeha Mother, things were rough for me. My father was and is an addict, and, there were social movements that my mothers family disagreed with. I lived with my Maori identity being dirty and shameful. My Grandparents had their own issues with their Maori identity. To this day neither her or my Grandfather would allow us to learn our history from them. The severance hurt my soul in ways that I cannot describe. It was not until 2017 that I began to do courses through Te Wananga o Aotearoa and I discovered how fulfilling learning about culture is for me. I will given my age struggle with the language but, I no longer feel split in half. I enjoy being multicultural, and being a Kiwi.