The Māori language is very much revered overseas. While living in Asia for nearly nine years, I often saw the beauty of our language and culture in travel documentaries that highlighted the significance of Māori values and aspirations.
Internationally, being Māori is absolute gold. The nations across the world love our culture and language. I am often asked to do a haka wherever I travel, and everyone thinks that Jonah Lomu, the king of rugby, is a Māori too. I find this really hilarious and am quick to claim him as Ngā Puhi – my tribal group from the far north.
My friend Emma Puloka has been learning about my ‘Māori ways’ and is travelling across the Pacific for her PHD research. As a Pasifika person, we have very close ties with our language and cultural values. She is promoting our language across the beautiful Pacific, the land of our ancestors. Nā reira, ngā mihi nui ki a tātou katoa.
– By Teariki Tuiono