“Kei ngā kaihoe o te waka reo, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou.
Nō Ngā Rauru, nō Ngāti Ruanui, nō Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi, nō Te Arawa, nō Ngāi Tahu hoki.
Ko Taranaki te tūrangawaewae.
Ko Alana Broughton te ingoa.
A Radio Broadcaster at Ātiawa Toa FM and Reo Māori Educator, Alana is absolutely passionate about the provision of te reo Māori. She is a first language speaker, privileged to have learnt at home and throughout her school years, from Kōhanga Reo to Māori Boarding School, and on to University. Although Alana often works with educators and professionals, she is just as invested in teaching everyday language for use by and within the community.
She is proud to have grown up in Wellington, amongst the Te Ātiawa people, acknowledging the mana whenua for nurturing her reo and feeding her much more than just kai. Considered a ‘City Slick’ whenever she visits whānau in Taranaki, she wears this name, along with hot pink gumboots, joyfully as it is one of her strengths to be able to walk in two worlds. It is where these two worlds meet that Alana has worked - within museums, schools, councils and many more workplaces that share the same priority to revitalise and normalise te reo Māori.
Alana believes te reo is an incredibly fun language and although she has only had positive experiences with the language, she acknowledges the mamae some may have experienced and therefor carry into this shared space of learning. Te reo Māori is indeed a taonga, everyone is at a different stage of their learning journey, however, it is by working together that we will progress forward.
Mā tō hoe, mā taku hoe, ka tere ai te waka.
Nō reira rā, ki te hoe!”