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Melanie returned home for her language

January 30, 2013

Melanie Tahata, Bachelor of Arts (Maori) graduate

A desire to have her son grown up surrounded by his own language saw Melanie Tahata head home to Tairawhiti.

Seven-year-old Tawhai is now fluent in Maori, and mum has graduated with her own Bachelor of Arts in Te Reo Maori.

“When I started my son at kohanga I realised if I didn’t do something too, I was going to be left behind.”

So she did a national certificate in te reo, which led to her bachelorhood.

“I enjoyed learning about the language and the history – especially the local history,” says 39-year-old Melanie, who also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts to her credit.

It’s been a juggle for this solo mum, who was running her own creative business while doing her degree.

Now that her study is finished – for now – she wants to continue to grow her own business, but is also looking for a “day job”.

But she has no regrets.      

Her family are here and she loves that Tawhai is growing up surrounded by whanau.