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Whai atu te reo Māori, hei oranga te iwi

Lizzie Strickett is a current student at Takiura, taking a year to delve into full immersion Te Reo Māori learning. As a busy māmā of two, a loving wife and advocate for hauora Māori and hauora whānau, Lizzie took the time to invest in her own hauora by learning Te Reo Māori to a level where she can feel more confident to participate in kaupapa Māori, reo Māori and mātauranga based mahi inside and outside of her home. She has jumped on the Toi Tangata team for a bit, helping develop the case to bring better Te Reo Māori learning opportunities to the sector.  Anei tona kōrero.

Ka tangi te tītī, ka tangi te kākā, ka tangi hoki ahau- tīhei mauri ora! Ko Whakara te maunga, ko Ngamoko te awa, ko Ngāpuhi ki Whangaroa te iwi, ko Lizzie Jurisich Strickett tōku ingoa, nō reira, tēna koutou kātoa. 

Kua kī tōku ngākau ki te whakamārama atu i tōku haerenga reo Māori i tēnei tau. Tuatahi, he kairangahau Māori ahau- koinei te take matua kei te ako au i tōku reo rangatira. Te uaua hoki ki te kōrerotahi ki te taha o whānau Māori e pā ana ki ō rātou hauora mena kāore au i te mōhio i ngā kupu ka puta mai. Ahakoa he Māori tōku whakapapa, he Pākehā tonu ōku whakaaro. 

Nō reira, e ako ana i te reo ki te tipu i te ngākau Māori kia āwhina atu ai i te iwi Māori ki te whakaora, ki te whai oranga. 

Kei te mārama au- he waimārie ahau ki te ako, ahakoa, ehara māmā noa iho. Tuatahi, tōkorua ngā pēpi au- i a rā, taurite ai au i te mahi whānau ki te mahi reo. 

Otirā, kāore e taea e au te whiwhi tautoko pūtea mai Studylink, nō reira, mahi tonu au i a pō, whai muri te hokinga ki te moe o ngā pēpi. Ko taku tino whainga whai muri i tēnei tau, he kōrerotahi i roto i te reo Māori mō tōku rangahau. Ki au nei, mena ka mōhio au i ō rātou whakaaro Māori, ka puta mai ai i ngā hua pai kia whai oranga.

Lizzie Jurisich Strickett
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Lizzie is a busy māmā of two, a loving wife, kairangahau Māori and advocate for hauora Māori and hauora whānau. She holds Arts and Commerce degrees (Media, Marketing, Psychology) with a Master’s degree in Health Psychology from the University of Auckland and has tribal affiliations to Ngāpuhi and Te Rarawa in the Far North of Aotearoa.