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Te Reo Whakahoahoa #3

What I enjoy about our te reo Māori lectures is the style of learning used.  Our ‘classroom’ isn’t the typical lecture theatre you might expect.  It is a large room, with chairs in a semi-circle (no desks), lots of open space, a whiteboard at one end, and a guitar nearby.  Our lecturer will use the…

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Te Reo Whakahoahoa #2

He taonga te reo The language is a treasure My second lecture learning te reo Māori as a student was as much fun as the first.  We started again with a waiata (Ahakamana) and karakia, then met our Kaiāwhina for the weekly tutorials.  Our class today centred on a recap of Tuesday’s lecture and following…

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Praise, design, barriers and the glass escalator

Over the summer break I had a fantastic conversation with a stranger on a bus; a Uni student on her way back to Wellington.  We talked about many things: her studies, my work, our friends and family, overseas trips we’d taken etc.  She shared that once her studies were completed, she would need to establish…

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It’s a new day, it’s a new life

The whakaaro to relocate had been on my mind for awhile, and our move to Palmerston North happened over the Christmas/New Year break.  Thanks to Trade Me, we found the perfect spot and decided to move in a week later. We’ve been in our new whare for a couple of weeks now and almost everything,…

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Making the right connections

Surrounding yourself with a supportive network is one of the most important things you can do. I expect most already do this within the family unit, seeking out certain family members for guidance and advice and appreciating the value these interactions have.   Likewise, the same could be said with friends – their input is valued…