'Activity is not the same as doing something significant'

Te Rongopai

Standing in Hamilton West

Contact: Te Rongopai Heta Mob 027-451-7476

Ko Tainui te waka

Ko Maungatautari raua Ko Maungakawa nga maunga

Ko Waikato te awa

Ko Ngati Haua te Iwi

Ko Werewere te hapu

Ko Rukumoana te marae

Tehei mauri ora

I was born in Cambridge to a typical Maori whanau eleven all up brothers & sisters. We lived on pig’s head, pork bones, bacon bones, brisket meat, puha or watercress,  potatoes & kumara. For breakfast, we ate porridge or rotten corn and whatever was leftover from the night before and always we ate heaps of bread and pound of butter as a family we had some lean times but always got a eat at least one good hearty meal a day,

I love fishing as it’s a great way to relax,

I have inherited a very rich history, full of culture and values handed down from my ancestor’s values that came from the heavens I am proud to acknowledge Maori were God-fearing people, my people believed in the power of prayer and used rongoa from the land and the forest for healing the body long before the first Europeans came to New Zealand.

I’ve learned a lot about people and their cultures, having traveled to South Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Israel, and Australia. Also, having lived in Jerusalem and visited sites of the Holy Land.  Having had a variety of different employment endeavors,  Farming, mill hand, window cleaner, stable hand, fencer, tractor driver, truck driver, Goodman fielder merchandiser, Wellington Buses driver, M.O.W roading repairs.

A Piece of  Maori History in New Zealand

Tainui waka sailed from Hawaiki from a place known then as Maungaraoa a great tree grew that was used to build the ocean canoe that brought Tainui Tangata to Aotearoa New Zealand the captain of the waka was Hoturoa our first point of contact to the land was the east coast today called Bay of Plenty and sailed into the Manakau Harbour.

Ngati Haua settled in the Waikato region on Maungatautari near Cambridge later our Chief Te Waharoa moved our tribe to live on Maungakawa in time the tribe grew into five hapu who live on five maraes my people were hunters and gatherers and lived of the land and depended on the land and the rivers because it was our main source of food.

8oo years ago was when Maori first came to the shores of the Aotearoa pre-European 1643 – 2020 New Zealand hand gone through generations and decades of change and transformation mostly to the detriment of the indigenous Maori people of the land.

I am the Kaumatua at my Marae and I am also the Pastor, I work alongside my Iwi and hapu on a broad range of Mahi often performing prayers and blessings for families who have had a member pass on.  I am an active Trustee of the Maori Lands Board and I sit on the Indigenous Council Group I.G.E.C which has members with 26 nations globally.

Matthew 5 vs 14-16

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”