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Toku Haerenga

E ai ki ētehi tangata, ehara te mea nui i te wāhi haere, engari ko te haerenga kē. E whakapono rawa ana au ki tēnei whakaaro, engari he aha tēnei mea te haerenga? He hekenga ki tāwāhi, ōrite ana ki te taenga mai o ngā waka o ō tātou tūpuna? He hekenga mā raro, ōrite ana ki Te Heke-Mai-i-Raro o Ngāti Toa? Kāore e kore, engari ka taea e te hinengaro hoki te haere. I ētehi wā, ko ēnei haerenga, ngā haerenga a te hinengaro, a te ngākau rānei, ngā mea nui o ō tātou oranga. Koirā te take ehara te mea nui i te wāhi haere, engari ko te haerenga kē.

Ko tētehi o ōku tino haerenga ko te haerenga ki te ako i te reo Māori. I tipu ake au ki Ōtaki, ā, he kaha rawa atu te reo Māori me ngā tikanga Māori ki reira, nā te kaha o tōku iwi ki reira, arā ko Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga. I rauna au i te reo – ki tōku kura, ki tōku marae, ki te taone hoki – engari kāore au i ako i te reo; ruarua noa iho ngā kupu, ngā rerenga Māori i mōhiotia e au. Nō reira, i ahau e noho ana i roto i te wharenui, whakarongo ana ki te whaikōrero o ngā kākā waha nui a Ngāti Raukawa, ka whakaaro au me ako au i te reo o ōku tūpuna, ki te hāpai i ngā kupu o tōku tūpuna ko Wī Parata te Kākākura: “Whakarongo ki ngā kupu o ngā kaumātua, kākahutia i runga i a koe, mau hei hoatu ki te ao hou”.

Nō reira, ka tae mai au ki Te Whare Wānanga o Wikitoria, ka uru au i te pepa MAOR 101 Te Timatanga ki te Reo Māori. Nā taku whanaketanga, i mārama au i ngā mea māmā noa iho o te reo – te whakahua tika, ngā rerenga māmā – otirā te iti hoki o taku mātauranga o te reo i taua wā! Ko taku tino hiahia i taua wā ki te whakapakari i tōku reo ki te tū hei kaikōrero pai, hei kaituhi pai hoki, engari i mua i tērā, he nui taku mahi. I roto i tērā tau tuatahi, i mōhio au he tino roa rawa atu te huarahi o te reo.

Pōturi rawa te whakapakaritanga o tōku reo, heoi i mahi tonu au. I ahau e ako ana i te reo, ka ako hoki au i ngā mea hōhonu o te mātauranga Māori. Ka taea e au te ako ēnei mea nā te whakapakaritanga o tōku reo; nā te reo anō i whakaako i ahau. He mea nui tēnei, nā te mea e rua ngā hua o te akoranga o te reo; ko te reo anō, me te mātauranga Māori, ngā tikanga tuku iho i ō tātou tūpuna. Koinei te take ka hāpai au i te Māori Studies hei kaupapa matua tuarua mō tōku tohu i roto i taku tau tuarua ki te Whare Wānanga. Kua huri taua kaupapa ki taku tino kaupapa.

I muri mai i tērā, ka haere tonu te haerenga o te reo; i tū au hei kaitūruki o te pepa MAOR 101 – i te whakaako au i ngā tauira atu o te reo, rite tonu ana ki ahau! Te rerekētanga hoki o te whakaako o te reo ki te akoranga o te reo, nō reira he akoranga nui hoki tēnei mōku. I ahau e ako ana i te reo, ka whakaako au i te reo hoki, nō reira ka whakanui tonu taku mātauranga – o te reo, o ōna tikanga, o te Ao Māori hoki.

Kua mutu taku tohu ināianei, ā, ka whakapōtae au hei te mutunga i te tau, engari ka haere tonu te haerenga. Kāore i ārikarika ngā hua kua puta; kātahi tonu au ka timata i tētehi mahi ki Te Tari Whakatau Take e pā ana ki te Tiriti o Waitangi (Office of Treaty Settlements), ā, kāore e kore, kua whiwhi au i tēnei mahi nā tōku mātauranga me tōku reo hoki. Engari kore rawa taku haerenga o te reo e mutu; e ako ana au i ngā wā katoa! Koirā te take, ehara te mea nui i te wāhi haere, engari ko te haerenga kē, ā, ko tērā te wairua o te whakataukī hoki: “Ko tōku reo tōku ohooho, ko tōku reo tōku matapihi mauria.”

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