For the first time in my life, I feel connected to my heritage and have found a sense of belonging.All Stories
Since suffering a stroke in 2006, Kelvin has worked with Local Area Coordination Lakes District to regain the physical and mental strength he felt he’d lost.
While the 61-year-old is now in the best shape of his life, even completing the Roturua Marathon in 2016, he still felt there was something missing in his life.
LAC Mary encouraged Kelvin to enrol in Te Reo classes. After starting weekly lessons at Rotorua CommUnity Kai, he moved to an NCEA Level 1 course at Te Wananga o Aotearoa.
Kelvin can now write his pepeha (the story of the people and places to which he is connected) and has created a story in Te Reo for his mokopunas called ‘Wa Takaro’. He is now working on completing NCEA Level 4 in Te Reo.
“For the first time in my life, I feel connected to my heritage and have found a sense of belonging. I’m immensely proud to be Māori.”