The wāhine toa preserving te reo Māori of her tupuna for her children and the generations to come.

As Te Wiki o te reo Māori comes to a close for most New Zealanders there's one Rotorua whānau for whom speaking the language is a year-round commitment. Behind their Ōhinemutu door it's the only tongue Kahurangi and Chey Milne, their 9-year-old daughter Atareta Milne and the just-learning-to-talk Hinemanawanui Milne use.

Te reo Māori also predominates in the work flowing out of the Milne's production company, Arataua, with its ethos attuned to Maoridom's language and culture.

The decision to converse only in

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