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Me knew to this Maori Culture thing
Hi my name is Lephi
I am a maori descent, please don't get offended but to be honest me, myself, may appear Maori, my parents/grandparents Maori, but actually im not Maori (on the inside), me new to this, i only know Kia Ora. I am just a computer geek, watches Anime, play Shenmue 2 on Xbox, study DipICT @ SIT. I have no knowledge whatsoeva.
I got bored of playing Xbox and watching Anime, so i called my Dad and he told me
Nga Puhi (Main Tribe)
Ngati Hine (Sub Tribe)
Ngati Kahu Ngunu(Main Tribe)
Hamua (Sub Tribe)
!!!ABOVE IS DAD SIDE!!!
If this is incorrect, forgive me and correct me. Oh well me knew, any of you watch Anime, are you into Call Of Duty/UT2004 LAN gaming. Are you into JPop.
Kia Ora Lephi
Dont feel terrible that you dont feel like you are maori on the inside as I know that there are
alot of our people that feels exactly the same as you and maybe because you and many others were not bought up amoungst maoridom but never mind when you are ready all the answers to every
question that you may have will be all there for
And this link for information on your Ngati Kahungunu side
Nau te raurau,
Naku te raurau,
Ka ora ai nga tangata!
Together we will get there!
Aloha e Lephi,
Like others that have replied to your post, I feel like a coconut sometimes. Brown on the outside and "haole" (nvs. White person, American, Englishman, Caucasian; American, English; formerly, any foreigner; foreign) on the inside.
Ask questions here and there concerning your culture and 'ohana (family) and be around your people-
Its never to late to learn more about who you really are-
Malama pono kou kino,
(Take care of yourself)
I saw you post in Sept. and you have added to it thats good. While you may not be ready to follow your root on the maori side, question your father and collect as much info as you can. If you can record his voice rather than making notes you will slowly build up a history of his life as a young person and also his parents and maybe his grand-parents. Names are very important draw out your family tree and I am sure you can link up to your whanau through this webb site. The whanau you will never know until you do the this. One small tip of advice. DON'T leave it too long before you do it.
Kia Ora Lephi
I confess to being an "illiterate" Maori myself and I also live in a different country. But one thing I do know is that, on my mothers side, our iwi is Ngapuhi and our hapu (is that right?) is Ngati Hine so we are probably related somewhere along the line! I just flew home to the Bay of Islands for the holidays and partied hard with the whanau (like you do on New Years eve) the majority being my Ngati Hine relatives. So I have no doubt that the kaumatuas would know your grandfather and possibly your father as well (they seem to have uncanny powers of perception and memory! Ha ha!)
Anyway; if you could post a name I shall try to find out for you.
Kia Ora Lephi,
Nau mai haere mai,
I used to feel the same way once before but hei aha (never mind) just gotta move on and immerse yourself in your culture and heritage and language. Do you live outside of Aotearoa??
I was born in Aussie so I have a wicked Aussie accent and all the Tahitians think I'm Tahitian hehehe!
You have made the most valuable decision of your life without even trying, you have began the search for your inner self!!! Congratulations. You took the first step to finding out who and where you come from.
The computer is a great commodity especially for research. If you get the urge to play games think about your whanau and how to find out more about them and use the computer to research rather than play games. It can be fun and very satisfying when you do find out things.
Good luck in your quest. Go hard!!!