What is it like – this “immersion” into Maori culture/language?
Its like getting into a waka and going to another place, a different country.
Where the language is Maori.
The customs are Maori.
The rules are Maori.
I am a foreigner, a Pakeha.
Welcome but nevertheless a foreigner.
Well not really, a bit, sort of… well actually no, not yet.
The path this waka takes is pretty stormy.
Its filled with emotion.
This is what its like to be a new immigrant
in a land where my language is not dominant.