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  1.' Phebs says:

    Talofa Shannon 

    Thank you for sharing your Story and your journey as a parent.

    Nei rā ngā mihi rangarira kia koe


  2. Te Mihinga says:

    Nei rā ngā kupu whakamiha ki a koe me tō kōrua kaha ki te whakatupu tika i ngā kōrua tamariki nō Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa!

    You are setting an awesome example for a lot of whānau and parents on how to give our tamariki the best opportunities that suits them. Multiculturalism at its finest! And even better, I'd love to be at your whānau gatherings for a hākari :)

    Thank you for sharing e hoa

  3.' Helen says:

    Kia ora Shannon, a beautiful story, beautifully told. A gift to others that is quite inspiring. Thank you for sharing. You are amazing!

  4.' Maria Tibble says:

    E te wahine maia

    Nei rā nga mihi maioha ki a koe me tō whānau e whai ana i te ara tika mō koutou, kia whakahonore ngā whakapapa katoa ahakoa no hea.  Ka rawe. Beautifully written and such an insight for me in to the beauty and challenges of raising a multi-cultural family.  How wonderful for your tamariki, to stand tall in all their whakapapa connections.  Tau kē, e te tuahine.

  5.' Elizabeth Craker says:

    Thanks for sharing your personal journey with us Shannon. I think your kids are so fortunate to identify with such a rich cultural background that is so nurtured by you both at home and beyond.

  6. Ngaire Shepherd-Wills says:

    I loved reading this blog post Shannon. Thank you for sharing your family journey! 

  7. Amira Aman says:

    Ka pai Shannon. This story shows that a ‘label’ of culture or ethnicity doesn’t tell the whole story. How we feel about the richness of diversity is what is important. I love the way you are passing this sense of pride onto your children. It is a reminder as educators that the KAMAR label of ethnicity doesn’t tell us what we need to know about our students. Talking to them and hearing their stories will. Understanding the values of young people’s backgrounds enable us to connect with them on a level which will support their success as learners. This story also reminds us of the importance of role models in schools/kura/centres so that young people don’t feel like this ‘It wasn’t easy growing up a ‘half caste’. I never quite knew where I fitted in.’ Tēnā rawa atu koe!

  8.' Caitlin Corbin says:

    Kia Ora Shannon,
    This story got me thinking about my 3 years travelling throughout the UK, Europe and Asia. I cannot thank my experiences enough. I feel so fortunate I had the opportunity to be immersed in other cultures other than my own in NZ. I learnt a lot about myself and the different ways of living that I share with my students daily, valuable lessons and stories that my students can’t get enough of! I think it is so important to be culturally aware of our surroundings, something that is embedded in your family right from the get go. It is great to see your children having a reciprocal learning relationship where they can grow, develop and understand from each other. This allows acceptance, empathy and growth in your family, something I want to practice when I have a family of my own. Very inspiring to see you take the opportunity to create a way of living from your own experiences to suit your family. Your children are lucky to have you and I know they will be successful =)

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