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Emily Welburn, Organisational Development Consultant

Our People, Our Stories | Te Reo Māori journeys

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.

A staff member

“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

Kei te noho au ki Tāmaki Makaurau | I live in Auckland.

"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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