I'm non verbal, but that won't stop me from speaking Māori

“For me, te reo adds another dimension to being Māori. It enables one to feel a sense of belonging and connection to their culture and I want to be able to experience that privilege.”

Geneva Hakaraia (Ngāpuhi, Te Aupouri) has lived with athetoid cerebral palsy her entire life, a condition that affects her ability to communicate verbally. Her dream is to be able to communicate in te reo Māori through her communication device and for the last few years she’s dedicated her time towards making te reo Māori accessible for the non-verbal community. This is part of a new reo Māori series on Re: News, Ohinga, created by Mahi Tahi Media, with funding from Te Māngai Pāho.

 

Source: Re: News