E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā hau e whā, tēnā koutou katoa.
Ko wai tēnei? He uri tēnei nō tawhiti, ā, nā ngā ia o te moana ōku tūpuna i kawe mai ki ngā motu nei i ngā whenua ātaahua o Ūropi – ko Ītaria, ko Aerani, ko Ingarangi me Rituānia ērā. I tau mai rātou ki ngā wai o Whakaraupō ki raro i te korowai o Ngā Kōhatu Whakarekareka o Tamatea-Pōkai-Whenua. Nā reira, ko ngā motu nei o Aotearoa, Te Waipounamu he korowai whakaruruhau nō tōku whānau ināianei, ā, ka mihi ahau ki ngā mana o ēnei whenua. Ko Nicky Ward tēnei, ā, e mihi ana ki a koutou.
Nicky is a passionate learner and tutor of te reo Māori me ōna tikanga, and she is focused on encouraging others on their learning journeys. Much of her own learning has taken place at Te Puna Wānaka at Ara Institute of Canterbury, and she feels incredibly privileged to have gained not only a solid foundation of reo over her time there, but also a deepening understanding and sense of humility of her place as Pākehā within Aotearoa.
Nicky’s main aim within these classes is to build a safe, encouraging space where learners can build confidence with their pronunciation and basic kōrero, while also having fun!
Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna te ngahere. Ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga, nōna te ao.
Ki te hoe, e hoa mā!