Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

Kia ora koutou - and wel­come to Te Wiki o Te Reo Ma¯ ori.

We’ve taken the week one step fur­ther, and we’re cel­e­brat­ing the tan­gata whenua of our re­gion. In our pages this week we share our pas­sion and en­thu­si­asm for te reo and our re­gion’s kupu tuku iho (his­tory). We’ve even em­braced the chance to share our own whaka­papa with you - nip over to In­sta­gram and Neigh­bourly and hear our mihi.

It would be very easy to ig­nore this week, as many do and will. My own roots are English, Scot­tish and Welsh. But at heart I’m a New Zealan­der, and my chil­dren are Ki­wis. This is our coun­try, and we can lay par­tial claim to an in­cred­i­bly rich, unique and beau­ti­ful cul­ture. Why wouldn’t you? It’s like be­ing able to say the crown jew­els are ours, and choos­ing to hide them away in a cup­board.

So kia ora, and wel­come.

He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tan­gata, he tan­gata, he tan­gata.

What is the most im­por­tant thing in the world? It is the peo­ple, it is the peo­ple, it is the peo­ple.

– Shan­non.

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