Tihei Mauri Ora

Ko Whakatere te maunga

Ko Waima te awa

Ko Tuhirangi te marae

Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te waka

Ko Te Mahurehure te hapū

Ko Ngāpuhi Nui Tonu te iwi

 

Ko wai ahau? Ko Matua Mauri tēnei te mihi atu nei.

 

I’ve been here at ANI since Term 3 2020. Since then we have taken significant steps to the furtherment of te reo Māori & te ao Māori in our kura. Furthermore, we now have an official name for our school in te reo Māori, ‘Te Ipukura o Mataaho’. A homage to the deity & guardian of Mt Eden, the brother of Mahuika(Goddess of fire) and child of Rūaumoko(God of volcanoes & earthquakes). His name is Mataaho.

Let me share a bit about myself. I’ve been learning and living my sacred customs, traditions and language since birth, growing up totally immersed in te reo Māori through Kohanga Reo, Kura Kaupapa & Kapa Haka. One thing in my culture is that information was meant to be shared, not retained & that is something I am very passionate about doing.

I am honoured to be able to share this at ANI in a sense this year. I also tutor our school Kapa Haka group, where we engage in physical Māori activities and Māori performing arts. I am a staunch supporter of the growth and development of our young people, and I highly focus on social well-being and having everyone engage with each other, after all, that is what language and performing are. So our students will be bringing to life the quote that is engraved just outside our school reception.

“Mā te tuakana, te teina e tōtika, Mā te teina te tuakana e tōtika.”

“The older will lead the younger, and the younger will lead the older.”

Outside of ANI, I work in other schools where I have attained a position to do the same thing I am doing here. In my spare time, I am a Kapa Haka enthusiast and an aspiring pro wrestler. These hobbies both require a heap of energy and a high level of fitness. I have performed on many regional and national Kapa Haka stages at primary, secondary, tertiary and even adult levels.

Ngā mihi nunui ki a koe, ki a koutou, otirā, ki a tātou katoa.