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Pakeha mai, Hapanihi mai, Maori mai.

Tēnā rā koutou e te manawa whenua o te kī, e te hunga ū ki te kaupapa. He nui aku mihi ki a koutou ka tae mai ki te tumu herenga awhero o te reo Māori.

Ko Naoko tōku ingoa. Nō Tiapana ahau. He tauira ahau ki te whare wānanga Wikitoria. Ko aku tohu paetahi te reo Māori me “Māori Studies”. Kāore e kore kei te ohorere koutou nē? He aha i ako ai te tangata Tiapana i te reo Māori? Tika tāu. Kāore ahau i tino titiro ki tōku kare-ā-roto ki te rapu i te tino ngako – he aha ai. Heoi anō, kia kitea taku huarahi mā te tuhinga ki konei, tērā pea ka mārakerake ake taku take me te whāinga o te haerena nei.

I ahau e tauira ana i te whare wānanga i Tiapana, ko taku aronga ko te iwi taketake o tōku motu, arā, ko Ainu. He rerekē tō mātou reo, te ahurea, te tikanga hoki. Koia au i whakamīharotia, ā, ka wawata puku taku titiro ki tētahi atu iwi taketake i te ao hei whakataurite i tō mātou. Nā konei, i te tau 2005 i tae mai ahau ki konei, Aotearoa, hei tauira whakawhitinga mō te tau kotahi, ā, i ākona te reo Māori me te tikanga Māori. Ahakoa he poto te wā, he iti ngā ako, ka whakatōkia te kākano, ka āta tipu ake i muri mai o taku hokinga ki Tiapana.

Ko tāku i tino monoatia ai ko tō rātou reo me te manaakitanga. Kia mōhio koutou, he rite te whakahua o tōku reo Tiapana ki te reo Māori – a e i o u –. Kāore e kore ka āwhinahia ahau e tēnei ritenga ki te uru atu ki te reo. Waihoki, ahakoa he nui taku whakamā me te mataku ki te noho i te ao rerekē, he mahana tonu taku manawa i te manaakitanga o ngā tāngata i Te Tumu Herenga Waka Marae.

Nō reira, ka oti taku tohu i te whare wānanga i Tiapana me aku mahi i tētahi kamupene, ka hoki mai ahau ki konei, te whare wānanga o Wikitoria, ki te ako tonu i te reo Māori me ngā tikanga. Nō taku taenga mai, ka mauria mai taku mahara o te tau 2005, arā, he mea pai anake, he taha o te painga anake, i waiho ngā mea taumaha. Nō reira, ka piki ake te taumata, ka nui ake te taumaha. Ahakoa i ākona e ahau te reo Pākehā mō ngā wā roroa, he uaua rawa atu ki te whakarongo, ki te tuhi. Waihoki, ko taku tino taniwha te kōrero-ā-waha i mua o ngā tāngata. Āe, e hia kē nei ngā wā ki te tū hei kōrero-ā-waha i ngā karaihe o te reo. Ia wā, ia wā, he mataku rawa atu ahau, he wiriwiri taku tinana, he tapepe taku reo, he tupurangi taku whakaaro. I ētahi wā, i pātai mai ahau ki ahau anō, “He aha ahau i hoki mai ai?”. I ētahi wā, i puta te whakaaro kia tukua taku ako. Heoi anō, kei te ako tonu ahau i te rā nei, ā, he nui tonu taku aroha ki te reo Māori. He aha ai? Nā ōku hoa ahaui āwhina kia kaha ai. Ahakoa te taumahatanga, e tautoko ana mātou ki a mātou anō. Nā ōku kaiako taku kākano i whakapuāwai ai. Ahakoa he rerekē ō mātou motu e noho ana, ko tōku whānau e tuku ana i tō rātou aroha. Mei kore ake rātou hei ako tahi, hei whakaako mai, hei akiaki mai. He nui aku mihi ki a rātou.

Nō reira, koinei taku huarahi tae noa ki te rā nei. Kāore anō ahau kia kite i taku huarahi ā mua, heoi e mau ana i ahau te puāwai o te reo Māori mō ake tonu atu. E te hunga pua kōwhai, e ngā ngutu kākā o te ao, mā tō tātou manako kia whakakā ki te reo, kia piki ki te matamata o te reo, kia puāwai tō tātou kākano nē! Nō reira, tēnā rā koutou.

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