It’s Maori Language Week back home in New Zealand right now, and if there’s one thing I love, it’s Maori Language Week. You see, when I was 16 years old and in my final year of high school, I took year nine Maori with all the 13 year olds – and came top of the class. Holla! I come from a family of proud Maori speakers: My cousin Nikau has spoken Te Reo fluently since she was five; my sister took it at university and recently spoke it live on national TV in front of Prince William at the Christchurch Earthquake Memorial; and my mother and father were adamant that their children would have good pronunciation and comprehension and thus sent us to Te Kohanga Reo from the age of one. True story. So to everybody back home, Happy Maori Language Week! To all non-New Zealanders, I’ve put together a video of key phrases above. Don’t forget: It’s Cool To Kōrero!
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