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Ko Lizzie tōku ingoa. Ko Te Arawa te iwi. Ko Ngāti Whakaue te hapū. He Māori ahau. Kāore e taea e au i te kōrero te reo Māori, engari, e ako ana au. Ka whāia tonutia, kia whakahokia mai tōku reo ki a au.

It took me far longer to write that paragraph than it should have. I had to reach far back into my brain and drag the kupu (words) out by their whiore (tails). I felt the whakamā when I sat down to write this column. It took me a whole day. I'm ashamed that I can't

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