My name is Felicity Hauraki. I was born in Auckland however spent half my years in a small town in the far north called Ahipara. Growing up in a small community in the Far North I spent lots of time around te reo Maori speakers. Our school was English-speaking school but still had the chance to learn te reo Maori. My family are strong Maori speakers so we had lots of role models.
I later moved back to Auckland and found I used my reo less. About five years ago, when I started having children of my own, I realised I needed to refresh my reo and Maori grounding. So I joined a Maori committee, I have enrolled my babies into a kohanga and I have done some Maori studies with Te Wananga O Aotearoa. I have also taken te reo classes as a student and taught te reo as a tutor with Manukau Institue of Technology.
I now realise that te reo is about our future and our people, so I am giving back to my people and the people who are willing to learn not only from me but with me.