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I am a de­scen­dant of Rahiri the pro­gen­i­tor of

Nga­puhi. I whaka­papa to Atua

Wera of Te Hikutu ki Whiri­naki, and

Korokoro and

Moetara of Ngati

Korokoro ki

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.

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