A selection of whakatauki as chosen by our UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders

Our UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders shared their favourite whakatauki during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, which took place 13 - 19 September 2021.

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UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader, Deputy Chair, Ethan Jerome-Leota
UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader, Deputy Chair, Ethan Jerome-Leota reflects on a whakatauki from his iwi (tribe) which he lives by every day.

"Mahia te mahi, hei painga mo te iwi - work for the betterment of the people" - Princess Te Puea Herangi

“For me this means in everything I do it should not just benefit myself but more importantly my entire tribe. It's a constant reminder for me to work hard, to always think about the collective and to remain humble in everything I do”.
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UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader, Chair, Shahin Najak
Special Advisor Youth and Chair of our UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders, Shahin Najak, shares a #reoMāori phrase that resonates with her.

Kāhore taku toa i te toa takitahi, he toa takitini.
We cannot succeed without the support of those around us.

“As young people we require the support of other youth and those in privileged positions to ensure that our voices are heard and represented. This is also testament to the National Commission for continuing to support the Youth Leaders and their passions."
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UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader, Anne-Sophie Pagè shares a whakatauki close to her heart.
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UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader, Raiyan Azmi shares a whakatauki that resonates strongly with him.
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UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Naheed Saeid shares what she believes to be the most important thing in this world.

He aha te mea nui o te ao? Māku e kī atu, he tangata, he tangata, he tangata

What is the most important thing in the world? I would say, the people, the people, the people.
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UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader, Sondos Quraan shares a whakatauki that is close to her heart.
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