You see we come from a time where our culture meant everything to us, where we stepped out of line to do anything for our culture, yet now some barely know what their culture is. People losing their culture is, not all about not knowing how to speak your culture, you see it's much more than that. Many things can lead from one thing to another, just like losing your culture can lead from not knowing your culture to your culture being extinct.
On one hand, losing your culture is really bad because it can break your connection between your family, community and friends. The connection between your family, community and friends is really important to most people which is like about 45% - 50%, it's important to most people because you are losing a big part of yourself and losing “things”, losing most things can make you depressed. But for others it's just a walk in the park. Not having that connection can make you lose way more than just your culture, so now are you really thinking about your culture.
On the other hand, there’s a major loss of culture in our schools and communities, because you see there’s mostly a majority of one culture in one school, let's take the Samoan culture as an example, if you go to a South side school like me then you would know that almost half the school is full of Samoans, i'm not saying it as a bad thing. Also within your community how many people can interact with each other, without asking anyone what this and that word is in their culture/language, not much aye ? Going around your community giving a nice greetings to others will actually make a really big change in yourself and also in other people's lives as well.
People disrespect one another's culture, from mocking a culture to vandalizing their cultural places or schools, churches and so forth the list goes on, just to take the Maori culture as an example the Maori school Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Kaikohe was vandalized. You see these types of things goes to show you how much respect us New Zealanders have for our own cultural schools.
Without culture you are nothing. I know this because before I came to this school I was a big nothing, I knew little about my culture and I never knew how to speak any of my 3 cultures, Niuean, Maori and Tongan. Coming to this school has helped me alot with my confidence in speaking and learning my languages and also other languages or cultures as well.
Culture is something that defines us in many ways, also it is something that ties us all together as one whole whanau, rowing our waka together can help a lot with others that do not know what their culture is. Sit back and take a while to learn a bit about your culture, do this daily and you'll know for sure that your culture is not going to fade also encourage others to do the same. Listen to my reasons and never ever let your culture fade or die.