Rie Morris wouldn't be who she is without te reo Māori.

The Rotorua wahine (Te Arawa, Tūhoe, Ngāpuhi, Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Manawa, Ngāi te Rangi) and Rotorua Boys' High School head of faculty Māori sees her language as such a vital part of her life.

She chooses to be surrounded by te reo Māori at work, home and play.

This week's Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori theme of Kia Kaha te Reo Māori - Let's make the Māori Language Strong, is something Morris lives by every day, instilling it in her friends, students and daughter.


"My grandmother was [fluent] so,