Māori Language Week: Kiwi journalist Mereana Hond

on raising her tamariki with te reo in Qatar

They were raised in Qatar but the only words Kiwi journalist Mereana Hond's twins have heard out of their māmā's mouth have been in te reo Māori.

Hond, of Taranaki iwi and Ngāti Ruanui, has worked at Al Jazeera for the past 10 years, living in Doha with husband Ben and their 5-year-old twins - a girl, Tapuwae, and a boy, Te Whetu Matarere.

But despite being thousands of miles from their tūrangawaewae, Hond wanted to ensure her tamariki had as much te ao Māori in their lives as practicable.

"It was a no-brainer," she tells the Herald from Doha.

Link to article: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12365996


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