Ex­am­ple for kids

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

‘‘My hope is that writ­ing a PhD in te reo Ma¯ ori here at The Uni­ver­sity of Waikato will serve as an ex­am­ple for my kids, neph­ews and nieces that any­thing is pos­si­ble if you work hard and fo­cus.’’

He also pays trib­ute to his fa­ther and mother, Lloyd and Gaynor Nga¯ po¯ , as well as his younger sib­lings, lawyer Arama Nga¯ po¯ - Lip­scombe and his brother who is teach­ing at Toko­roa High School, Keinan Nga¯ po¯ .

Dr Nga¯ po¯ is equally con­vinced of the ben­e­fits of be­ing mul­ti­lin­gual. ‘‘You look over­seas, in Eu­rope, chil­dren speak at least three lan­guages but the ma­jor­ity of our chil­dren can­not. Ma¯ ori is an in­dige­nous lan­guage of New Zealand, it’s im­por­tant for us to speak it; it con­trib­utes to our cul­tural un­der­stand­ing.’’

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