Nau mai, haere mai!

Welcome, friends!

I’m a māmā of two, living in Te Whanganui-tara, Aotearoa (Wellington, New Zealand). My ancestors are from Te Atiawa in Taranaki and on my dad’s side, Germany. I have two kidlets, my oldest is Jay and my baby who is not a baby is Pai.

I live a somewhat ridiculous life, being a māmā to my two tamariki (children), working full time at a busy not-for-profit, helping out around the edges to run the business that my partner and I own. I work a lot. When I have any minutes to spare, I sneak in time for making. I’m pretty loyal to knitting, sewing and crochet these days but if I see something I want to make, I’ll find a way to teach myself how. My other passion is te reo, the language of my ancestors on my mum’s side of my family. I’ve been on this learning journey for more than 10 years and have struggled to get beyond a basic conversational level. Through inspirational friends, a workplace that embraces te reo and smooshing my two passions together here, I hope to be able to continue learning and growing and making.

Also, my dad calls me Millie and don’t tell my siblings but I’m almost certainly probably possibly his favourite.

Ngā mihi māhana,

Nā Manda