Manakinui (far left) with mum Josie, Joshua, Rewai and Caleb Te Kahu

 

Ehara taku toa I te toa takitahi, he toa takitini.

Koia te ahuatanga o ngā takitini, he mana ngā ingoa ki te mihi.

Tuatahi, tika ana te kōrero he hōnore he korōria ki Te Atua, he whakaaro pai ki ngā tangta katoa. E Pā, nei rā te mihi mo āu manaakitanga ki te whānau nei, mō tāu tama kotahi hoki e whakatinana tōu rangatiratanga ki runga ki te whenua.

Tuarua, ki a tātou ngā iwi Māori. Te hōnore māua ki te tū hei poipoi I a koutou kei te haere mai. Ko te tūmanako, kia whakaatuhia e tātou ngā taonga tuku iho nō ngā matua tipuna ki te ao hurihuri nei. Tukua kia rere hei whakanuia tō tātou nei Ariki.

Ko Tāwhirirangi Te maunga

Ko Mōhaka Te awa

Ko Te Kahu o te Rangi te Tipuna whare

Ko Ngāti Pahauwera Te hapū

Ko Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa Te Iwi.

Ko māua ko tōku pāpā, Rewai Te Kahu, e mihi nei

Ko Manaakinui Te Kahu ahau.

 

In short, Kia ora lol

My name is Manakinui and I am writing on behalf of my Dad, Rewai, and I to introduce ourselves.

We are not new to the Carey whānau, or the Baptist movement either. Dad was a lecturer at Carey in the late nineties and early two-thousands. Now he is involved in Ngā Pou Amorangi with Sandy Kerr and Denise Tims.  I have been a student at Carey for the past few years completing the Bachelor in Applied Theology, and currently working through a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Theology. Now I have the honour of serving as kaiwhakahaere of the Te Ao Māori paper; the every appear Dad wrote back in the day. Talk about legacy.

That’s it’s it aye, legacy. Cant really talk about legacy without mentioning my Mum, Josie. Definitely been our busy Queen bee lately with Baptist whānau flying from hui to hui. Glad she’s our mum though. It’s through her whakapapa, we stand as fifth generational believers. That’s pretty cool! My two brothers are pretty cool too. Caleb, another familiar face at Carey, he continues to support the college through his role as Kaituitui. However he joins our navigation traditions and sails waka hourua around Aotearoa. And Joshua? He’s pretty cool! Currently living with mum and dad up in te taitokerau, he is home schooled and is learning mau rakau alongside dad (he Pou rua ia, he Pou toru tōna Pāpā).

With small steps we take, alongside friends and whānau, in by our Father’s Grace may we continue to leave a legacy that is a gift and worth honouring for the generations to come.

No rerira…you’s know the rest aye?

Tena koutou katoa.