I have been learning some Te Reo maori as well as tikanga. As part of this I have written and memorised my pepeha.
I am finding I am using my pepeha more and more. At first simply as a opportunity to practice in a safe environment. However I have now used in a number of marae in both a formal welcome and as a way to introduce myself when I was a latecomer to a noho marae.
I have now recognised that parts of my pepeha are useful as I do not always need the full pepeha but perhaps just a sentence in some settings.
I am feeling more confident in using te reo maori in a range of settings. As I am working with teachers in a rumaki or maori immersion class, my pronunciation is at times corrected. I am really pleased about this as it helps me to learn more. I am gathering some phrases and words. I am moving forward, I have taken the first steps...
Te tīmatanga o te matauranga ko te wahangū, te wāhanga tuarua ko te whakarongo.
The first stage of learning is silence, the second stage is listening.