For Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2022, we’ve had a kōrero with some of our kaimahi who are on their te Reo Māori journey.
“Ko Afsha tōku ingoa | My name is Afsha
Nō Fiji ahau | I’m from Fiji
Kei te noho au ki Tāmaki Makaurau | I live in Auckland
Mahi ahau mo Āhua tohu Pōkangia | I work for Perioperative Services
"I developed my interest in te Reo Māori during high school and while working for the vaccination campaign. I chose to study te Reo Māori this year as I love learning languages and always really wanted to know te Reo Māori and mātauranga Māori growing up in Aotearoa.
“Through re-learning te Reo Māori I have gained more confidence to speak the language with correct pronunciation during my mahi. This has allowed me to connect to the people I work closely with and engage with the indigenous principles associated with Mātauranga Māori.
“My favourite whakataukī is ‘He kokonga whare e kitea, he kokonga ngākau e kore e kitea’ (A corner of a house may be seen and examined, but not so the corners of the heart)."
Kaiwhakahaere/Kaiāwhina – Āhua tohu Pōkangia | Team Administrator/PA – Perioperative Services Nurse Directorship.
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