Culture and Te Reo
I am a mix of Maori and NZ European decent. I started school at the age of 5 in an all Maori speaking classroom before I went on to an English primary and high school. Although I lost a lot of my reo when I transitioned to English schools I picked up a few Maori papers at university to brush up on my te reo Maori. Although I do not practise as much as I’d like to, I am still very proud of my Maori heritage and grateful for the knowledge and teachings that have been given to me from such a young age. There is no doubt that a lot of what I was taught at that young age has contributed to the person I am today. Knowing my history, both Maori and European, strengthens my understanding of who I am and where I came from, which ultimately helps my direction for the future.