Ko Te Arawa te waka
Ko Tongariro te maunga
Ko Taupo nui-a-tia te moana
Ko Ngāti Tuwharetoa te iwi
Ko Ngāti Kurauia te hapū
Ko Te Heu Heu te tangata
Ko Tokaanu te Marae
He uri ahau no nga waka Aotea, Te Arawa ratou ko Mataatua.
I te taha o toku matua ko Tahu Matua Asher, ko Ngāti Tuwharetoa, ratou ko Ngāti Pikiao, ko Ngāti Pukenga ōku iwi.
I te taha o toku whaea ko Maata Tiria Williams – Ko Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ko Ngā Rauru ki tahi, ratou Ko Te Ātihunui-a-Papārangi ōku iwi.
I whanau au i Ratana Paa no reira ka tu ake au i te Maramatanga. Ko te Mangai ae.
Tēna tātou e te whānau. I have completed my tenure as Toihau of 2.5 years. I took on the role while completing my documentary for the 2017 Pakipumeka series screened on MTS. I’ve been a member of Ngā Aho Whakaari since its inception and prior to that ‘ Te Manu Aute’, the screen arts activist organisation that preceded it. We flew many kites back then in the 1980’s and had stormy sessions at various hui. We had a great deal to be passionate about and today we have a different set of grave concerns. We are preparing for a Māori Broadcasting Review that will significantly impact on most of our members.
I am standing for the Board again to see this review through. Also during my tenure we have received increased funding from Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga so I also wish to be Treasurer, in order to assist with the transition of the new Board. There is much more work to be done if we are to achieve our kaupapa. “For Māori, About Māori and By Māori”. I’d like to see us have far more control over our storytelling so that we can work for our own people in an industry that is sustainable for all kai mahi Māori. Ngā mihi.