Taonga is a treasure or prized item in Maori culture. These can be possessions such as medals, furniture, recipes and trophies. They can also be people, beliefs, customs and traditions passed down through the generations. Often taonga can have an influence on who we are today.
My dad arrived in New Zealand in 2004 but my mom didn’t come because my dad was living with his friends and had to find a job. Then my dad found a job as an architect of scaffolds so my mum came to New Zealand. My parents came to New Zealand for a better lifestyle and education.
I have inherited being a vegetarian from my great grandma, grandma and parents and because of this I love animals. Another Taonga that has been passed down to me is celebrating Holi, Diwali, Raksha Bandhan and Indian Independence Day. I was born in New Zealand so I consider myself as half Indian and half Kiwi. Even though I was born in New Zealand my parents have influenced me to pray to Hanuman, Shree Ganesha, Krishna, Sai Baba, Shiva, Brahma, Vishnu and other gods because the God’s will help me in the future. I also eat Indian Foods such as Sabji, Roti, Bhath, Bhel, Pani Puri,Dosa,Paneer Chilli,Khaman and Mithai because my mom says I should eat food from my culture. As my grandma doesn’t understand English I learnt Gujrati and because the people from my dad’s side don’t understand Gujrati I had to learn Hindi.
I think being vegetarian (and it is something I consider a Taonga to me) has influenced me to work as someone who helps rehabilitate animals, so I won’t be following in my parents footsteps. I think that because of my love of animals I want to do something to help animals. I will pass down my beliefs (being a vegetarian ,pray to gods,eat Indian foods and speaking Indian languages) to my kids so that they know all the different beliefs that I value.
Relational - I can describe several things about my family history and explain how something from my family past has influenced me.