Growing up I was disconnected from Te Ao Māori; my biological father was Māori and his absence created a space between me and my whakapapa. I had always felt a piece of me was missing which is why my mother encouraged me to pursue Te Reo Māori in high-school and make contact with my estranged whanau.
It was during my Te Reo Māori studies in high-school, then later at the tertiary level, that I discovered a Taonga I thought would always be lost to me. Learning about my whakapapa, discovering my iwi and understanding Tikanga Māori has completely changed my life.
For me Matariki is a time of reflection, a marker to taiho and set goals for the future both personally and professionally.
I’m proud to celebrate my culture and Te Ao Māori at work, and being part of the ANZ Kapa Haka and the Māori and Pacific Island groups means so much to me. Together, we are committed to sharing our culture with our staff and our customers, and every year Matariki provides the right opportunity to do that.
- Taiho - pause or wait
- Taonga - highly respected object or natural resource
- Te Ao Māori - the Māori world
- Te Reo Māori - Māori language
- Tikanga Māori - Maori culture, traditional way of doing things
- Whakapapa - ancestors, genealogy
- Whanau - family