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  1.' Fiona Gordon says:

    I related to this blog post! I too had wonderful experiences at Primary School – learning waiatai, tikanga, pronunciation, vocabulary. It was the 1970s but it has certainly provided me ‘grounding experiences’ that have continued into adulthood, and I have taken them with me particularly as an educator. I also don’t find myself ‘out of my comfort zone’ when in formal Maori settings. I have been happy to sit and listen to te reo Maori, recognizing and understanding phrases when I can. I am envious of Andrew’s lightbulb moment! Why is it I have never challenged myself to learn more? I’ve been so complacent in accepting that I don’t know nearly enough te reo Maori.
    Fantastic and very thought provoking last couple of sentences… “the active learning of Māori language which I believe is the key to breaking through Pākehā paralysis to a point where Pākehā educators have an experiential understanding of Māori language and culture, not just an intellectual understanding, to make the teaching and learning environment a properly inclusive one.” Kia ora Andrew

    1. Kia ora Fiona

      Thanks for your response to the blog. Yes primary school for me was also in the 70s and early 80s. I wonder if this was a simpler era at school where we had more time to put effort into this area of the curriculum. I’m not sure, but something obviously worked!

      Be on the lookout for my next blog which continues on from this one, providing details of the next steps I have taken along this journey.

      Ngā mihi,


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