Bonnie Taia, Ngāti Ngahere, Terere marae

Bonnie Taia, Ngāti Ngahere, Terere marae

Ko Maungarangi te Maunga
Ko Otara te Awa
Ko Te Iringa te Whare Tīpuna
Ko Whiripare te Wharekai
Ko Terere te Marae
Ko Ngati Ngahere te Hāpu
Ko Mataatua te waka

Ko Bonnie Taia tōku ingoa, Tihei Mauri Ora.

I kuraina ahau i te Kura Ahureinga o Te Whakatōhea me Papatewhai, kātahi ki te Kura Tuarua o Ōpōtiki. Mutu ana te kura ki Ōpōtiki i wehe atu au ki Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato. Ināianei, kei te Kura o Omarumutu ahau e whakaako ana.

I am of Te Whakatōhea descent and a proud descendant at that. I grew up under the morals and values of my Grandparents Ranginui Lani and Rangitahi Mitai. I am a proud member of Ōpōtiki Mai Tawhiti under the guidance of Te Kahautu Maxwell. Through my Grandparents and through Kapa Haka, I have learnt and will continue to learn valuable knowledge and history of our Haahi and our Iwi, and being able to acknowledge that is important to me.Bonnie Taia whanau

Ko Te Whakatōhea te iwi

I have many dreams and aspirations for Te Whakatōhea. I would like to see more educational scholarships available to our youth where they are encouraged to study beyond certificates and strive towards degrees, honours, masters and PhD at a well-recognised tertiary. I would like to see Te Whakatōhea Trust Board alongside Ōpōtiki District Council purchase a complex of flats in Waikato, or fund accommodation so that our youth are able to study free of financial stress. I would like to see our Iwi Education Manager push for Te Whakatōhea history to be taught in all of our schools within Ōpōtiki District.

Bonnie Taia Kapa hakaI would like to see all of our Kohanga Reo included in personal development funding and resourcing funding just like the kindergartens and ECE centres in Ōpōtiki and also to be acknowledged in the Whakatōhea Maurua Education Strategy Review. I would like to see the mussel farm up and running with local people being hired for work. There can be a promising future ahead for our people. We can be put on the Map for our Mussel Farm. We can also be put on the map for Treaty Settlement if all were on the same page. I would like to see our Te Whakatōhea Treaty Settlement claim go ahead so that we as an Iwi are able to move forward and strive for better opportunities for our people, like Tainui, like Tūhoe and many other iwi who are way ahead of us.

In reality do you ever think in this day and age the Government will willingly hand over all confiscated lands after court hearings, treaty settlements etc.? We can negotiate and come to an agreement, but all confiscated Whenua may never return no matter how much whawhai that goes on.

Nō reira kia kaha ki taku iwi tohetohe o Te Whakatōhea. Anga Whakamua! Waitohungia!

Hēmi Pirihi, Whakatōhea

Hēmi Pirihi, Whakatōhea

Tēnā koe

Ko Hēmi Pirihi taku ingoa nō ngā hapu katoa ō Whakatōhea
My name is Hemi, I am from all hapu of Whakatohea

Tōku pāpara ko Te Uanga Pirihi, Whakatōhea tūturu
My Father is Te Uanga Pirihi, originating from Whakatōhea

Ko au te kaikōrero mō tōku whānau. E tautoko ana mātou ki te kaupapa nei
I am the speaker of my whanau, and we support this kaupapa

Kua roa tātou e tohetohe ana i a tātou anō. Kua tae te wā kia ita te anga whakamua. Kia eke panuku ki runga
We have debated long enough, it is time to now look forward and be on board

Ka mutu, tīkina mai te pēke a te karauna kia manaakitia tōku rahi
In conclusion, lets settle with the Crown to benefit our people

Mauriora – Life of wellness
Hēmi Pirihi (Sonson)

Tarshar Williams, Ngāti Ngāhere, Ngāti Ira

Tarshar Williams, Ngāti Ngāhere, Ngāti Ira

Ko Tarshar Williams tōku ingoa
He uri ahau no Ngāti Ngāhere me Ngāti Ira

When I was younger I was moved around a bit but spent most of my life in Ōpōtiki.

I currently work at Terere Kohanga Reo as the kaiwhakahaere a Tari (admin).

My aspiration for Te Whakatōhea would be that there be more opportunity to learn and work locally.

I Am Whakatōhea to me means we are Tangata whenua, this is our Home and we are one big Whānau.

Bradie Paul, Ngāti Ngāhere

Bradie Paul, Ngāti Ngāhere

Ko Maunga a rangi te maunga
Ko Otara te awa
Ko Te Iringa toku tipuna whare
Ko Whiripare toku wharekai
Ko Ngāti Ngāhere toku hapu
Ko Te Whakatōhea toku iwi
Ko Nukutere me Mataatua nga waka
Ko Ōpōtiki toku kainga
Ko Steve Paul toku papa
Ko Jan Paul nee Foley toku mama

Ko Creamer Paul taku tungane
Ko Kiwi Biddle taku hunaonga
Ko Haley Collier taku tuahine
Ko Stevie Biddle raua ko Jimmy Biddle taku mokopuna
Ko Kutu taku kuri
Ko Bradie Paul ahau

My ancestral mountain is Maunga a Rangi
My river is Otara
My ancestral house is Te Iringa
My ancestral house of sustenance is Whiripare
Ngāti Ngāhere is my subtribe
Whakatōhea is my Iwi
My waka are Nukutere and Mataatua
Ōpōtiki is my home
Steve Paul is my father
Jan Paul nee Foley is my mother

Creamer Paul is my brother
Kiwi Biddle is my son inlaw
Haley Collier is my daughter
My mokopuna are Stevie and Jimmy
My pet dog is Kutu
I am Bradie Paul

Zonia Kurei, Ngāti Ira

Zonia Kurei, Ngāti Ira

Ko Zonia Kurei ahau

Ko Ngāti Ira toku Hapu
I grew up in Ōpōtiki but i now live in Auckland.
I am currently working as an Assistant Manager at Carls Jr.

My aspirations for our rohe is to see all our Rangatahi succeed in life and to see our rohe grow with leaders of tomorrow not only for our rohe but for our hapu .

The meaning of I AM WHAKATOHEA to me is being proud of where you come from no matter where you live, and representing where you come from no matter where you go.

Moana Edwardson, Ngai Tamahaua

Moana Edwardson, Ngai Tamahaua

My name is Moana Tinitia Edwardson (nee Farrar). My mother was born and raised in Te Whakatōhea, my grandparents also, and their ancestors’ before them. Te Whakatōhea, Ngai-Tamahaua, runs through my blood.

I was born in my father’s hometown of Tokoroa and at the age of 2 moved to Orima, 19km east of Te Kaha. I lived here for majority of my childhood, enjoying the freedoms of spending majority of my childhood outdoors – swimming at our local swimming hole, fishing with my dad, diving with my brothers, collecting pinecones for the fire and helping to grow vegetables in my parent’s garden – learning a lot of vital skills a lot of people my age don’t have.

When I was 12 my family moved back to Tokoroa to help further our education and at the age of 17 I moved to Wellington to Study Commerce at Victoria University of Wellington. Three years later I moved to Auckland to further my career and have been here for the past 7 years. I am currently the National Tender Bid Manager for Armourguard Security.

My aspirations for Te Whakatōhea are simple. I want our people to prosper in all area’s of their lives – Mentally, physically, spiritually and financially. I want our families to build better homes for their tamariki. To be better fathers and better mothers.

I am Whakatōhea to me means being unashamedly proud of who you are and what you represent.