Ko tēnei he whakapapa poto – a brief whakapapa. My whānau has strong connections to Kāti Kurī and Kaikoura, through my great grandmother, Hariata Pitini-Morera, and firm links to Araiteuru through our whānau land grant (Waikouaiti Block 44) and through our whakapapa descent to Hikaroroa (through Kate Hākiri) and Ruahikihiki (through Taiarorua, tōhunga at Kaiapoi pā at the time of Te Rauparaha and teacher of Matiaha Tiramorehu).
I and my whānau have had an active involvement in our marae over the last few years. I have served on our Executive committee over the last few years, Chair our Company, Puketeraki Limited and represent the runaka on the DCC Maori Participation Working Party.
For me, Kati Huirapa is best known for its manaaki, to our own and to others who live in our community or who come form further afield. If I have one vision for our marae, it is to grow the confidence and ability of our pākeke and rangatahi so that they one day will walk in both Te Ao Māori and Te Ao Pākehā on our behalf. Kei te mihi ahau ki a rātou e mahi ana mō tātou. Kei a koutou te mana, te manaaki, te aroha mō tātou, ā, mō ngā uri o Kāti Huirapa a muri ake nei.