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 Emily tōku ingoa | My name is Emily
Ko Ngāti Porou, Ko Kāi Tahu ngā iwi | My iwi are Ngāti Porou and Kāi Tahu
Nō Thames ahau | I’m from Thames
"I am a proud wahine Māori brought up within Tikanga Māori. However, I have recently found myself falling behind in my basic Reo. Taking the Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi Te Reo Māori course helped me reconnect with the beautiful language.
“Doing the course has given me more confidence when using te Reo Māori and I have been able to teach my partner what I have learnt. We both have continued to learn new kupu whenever we can and work it into our everyday language.
“My favourite kupu is PĀIA! It means yeeyah and you use the same amount of emphasis as you do in English. It’s really fun to say.”
Emily Welburn, Ngāti Porou, Kāi Tahu
Organisational Development Consultant – Supportive Employment.
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