I am a descendant of Rahiri the progenitor of
Ngapuhi. I whakapapa to Atua
Wera of Te Hikutu ki Whirinaki, and
Moetara of Ngati
Pakanae. Born in the Hokianga, raised in Otara, then in Pakanae, Hokianga until I was sent to Hato Petera Ma¯ori boys college. Educated at University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology. I’ve spent most of my life pursuing Te Reo and Tikanga of Ngapuhi and teaching Te Reo Ma¯ori at secondary schools. There is whakatauki in Nga¯puhi that says Nga¯puhi nui tonu mai I Ta¯maki ki Te Rerenga Wairua. This proverb means I continue to remain within our tribal boundary. I live in Auckland like many who whakapapa to Nga¯puhi and Te Tai Tokerau. I have the audacity to do what’s needed for our environment that needs looking after in Te Tai Tokerau, while ensuring our most vulnerable are cared for. The Green Party will do just that by extinguishing the harsh weapon of the current welfare system. I am encouraging schools to engage with our communities with a responsive cultural context, so education the pathway to a quality future – is relevant for all. We should have learning buses going to local marae around the north in order for second chance adult learners and rangatahi to upskill, and become qualified to embark in future employment. I will be championing for clean quality water.