Tihei Mauri Ora!

Ko Whakatere te maunga

Ko Waima te awa

Ko Tuhirangi te marae

Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te waka

Ko Te Mahurehure te hapu

Ko Ngāpuhi Nui Tonu te iwi

Ko wai ahau? Ko Mauri Hohepa tenei e mihi kau atu ana ki a koutou, otirā, tātou katoa.

Kia ora rā, my name is Mauri, Matua Mauri if you will.

I’ve been a part of ANI since Term 3 of last year and I am very excited to be a part of the team again this year and to see everyone grow in 2021.

I’ve been learning and living my sacred cultural customs, traditions and language since birth, growing up totally immersed in te reo Māori through Kohanga Reo & Kura Kaupapa. That being said, I am honoured to be able to share these through te reo Māori here at ANI again this year. It is a privilege for me to teach in all 24 classrooms in our school. Aside from te reo Māori, I also tutor our school Kapa Haka group, where we engage in physical Māori activities and Māori performing arts. I am a staunch supporter in 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 is. Therefore, with me, 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 school, I am a Kapa Haka enthusiast, and an aspiring pro wrestler (yes, fake or stunt fighting). These hobbies both require a heap of energy and a high level of fitness (not that I am the fittest person). I have performed on many regional and national Kapa Haka stages at primary, secondary, tertiary and even adult levels. I currently teach the art at three schools as well.

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