Bringing reo Māori home,

with fry bread and calligraphy

Aroha Tamihana's kaupapa is making reo Māori part of everyday life. Fusing her skills as a graphic artist with her love for te reo, and calligraphy she creates wall art, greeting cards and household objects bearing proverbs, and sayings in reo as Maimoa Creative. Her whakapapa is Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāti Ranginui, and she lives in Tauranga with her husband, Hamuera Tamihana and their two children Te Rauriki and Manahau, who are growing up bilingual.

AROHA TAMIHANA: I started my business about three and a half years ago, while I was on maternity leave.

I wanted to do something that merged my passions. I had not long before done a full immersion course in te reo Māori with my dad – that was probably the start of the whole journey.

Link to video and article: Bringing reo Māori home, with fry bread and calligraphy | Stuff.co.nz


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