"Te Reo Māori has been in a revitalisation stage for a while now, and I think it reinforces that Te Reo Māori is for everyone - and that it's everyone’s responsibility to ensure it is able to thrive, able to spoken, and able to be heard everywhere," she says.
Waimarie says that seeing New Zealand embrace Te Ao Māori and Te Reo over the past few years, and decades, is heartwarming.
"It feels amazing - it feels like Te Reo Māori is alive," she says.
"Te Ao Māori has always been embedded in Aotearoa, but I would hope that in 20, 50 years' time, it will be more outwardly shown - and we're already seeing that starting to happen.
"It has always been alive - but it's different seeing it not only from Māori, but from everyone, who see it as their language as well."
For Waitangi Day this year, Waimarie and her iwi will celebrate on their whenua at Ōkahu Bay on Auckland's waterfront, which always reminds her of the work done by her ancestors to give her a better future.
"Ever since I was a tamaiti, in my iwi we always commemorated Waitangi Day in Ōkahu Bay, and to see that is a reminder of my rangatira's aspirations for us," she says.
"It's the fruits of their labour - it's the past being introduced to the present, and creating something for future generations.
Waimarie says everyday Kiwis are increasingly seeing Waitangi Day as more than just a chance to have a long weekend.
"I think people are moving away from seeing it only as a public holiday, especially with the implementation of Matariki as a public holiday - people are becoming more aware of why these public holidays exist and why they're important to Aotearoa New Zealand," she says.
"Waitangi Day, for me, is a commemorative and reflective period of the partnership between Māori and the Crown.
"It also serves as a reminder of the hopes and aspirations our rangatira had for us, and a time to continue learning my iwi's history, and continuing to learn from that, so I can stay grounded in who I am today.