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Geneveine Wilson (Ngāi Tauira Co-President/Tumuaki Takirua)

What are your personal goals for Ngāi Tauira (NT)?

To promote whakawhānaungatana and be a strong political voice in promoting the use of tikanga and Te Reo.

What are you looking forward to the most this year for NT?

Educating a new cohort and breeding the next NT generation, as a diverse bunch in an ever-changing environment it is important to have a strong, capable group of tauira to carry on the mahi.

What’s the best and worst thing about being an NT prez?

The isolation, especially with sensitive and tough issues that overshadow the kaupapa. I’ve learnt to embrace it all, to remind myself why I started this, of the people’s footsteps that i follow in and to surround myself with like-minded people who make the journey interesting.

Favourite whakatauki?

“He muka tuitui i te korowai whakamarumaru i te hunga e whanake ana”—I think it perfectly describes the purpose of NT.


Raimona Tapiata, Ngai Tauira Co-President/Tumuaki Takirua

He aha ou ake whainga mo NT?

Ko aku wawata kia rongo nga tauira i te wairua o te whanau, kia whakatinanatia nga ahuatanga o te whanaungatanga me te kotahitanga puta noa i te ropu whanui.

I a koe e tu ana hei Tumuaki, he aha nga mahi, nga kaupapa ranei e whakaihiihi ana i a koe?

Ko tetahi o nga kaupapa nui i tenei tau ko te pohiri i nga whare wananga o te motu ki te Huinga Tauira 2016. He mahi nui, heoi he manuka ka kawea e matou i tenei tau.

He aha nga painga, nga aupehitanga o te tu hei Tumuaki?

He nui nga wheako hou moku i tenei o nga mahi. He pai ano hoki te awhina, te kawe i nga mahi hei hua mo aku hoa. He maha te mahi, he taumaha ano hoki te kawe i etahi kaupapa mo te minenga rahi.

To tino whakatauki?

“Totara wahi-rua he kai ma te ahi. Iti te kupu, nui te korero”—He māmā ano hoki te whakahangai i te korero nei ki nga tini horopaki o tou ao.

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