Nau Mai, Haere Mai-Welcome, Welcome Te tūranga motuhake o te reo Māori, The importance of learning te reo Māori
Kia ora koutou katoa ko Julie O’Donnell toku ingoa
Hutia te rito o te harakeke, kei hea rā te kōmako e kō?
Kī mai ki ahau, he aha te mea nui o te Ao?
Māku e kī atu, he tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
If you were to pluck out the center of the flax bush, where would the bell bird sing?
If you were to ask me, "What is the most important thing in the world?"
I would reply, "It is people, people, people."
By learning te reo Māori young New Zealanders ‘s become much more aware of the role that Māori identity, language, and culture play in our country’s identity.
When we learn te reo Māori we grow as learners. Our understanding of the language broadens and grows. Growth continues when we begin to use the language, particularly as speakers. The more we use it, the more our confidence grows.
I can affiliate to all iwi in Aotearoa based on my whakapapa links researching for the Waitangi Tribunal claims for Tairawhiti. l was also able to make connections to other iwi in Aotearoa and the Pacific.
I take iwi differences into account in our teaching depending on what iwi our students belong to or where they come from. And that encourage them to extend their learning in making connections with their local iwi & marae.