NELSON - SMITH
Taku taha matua…
Ko Ngātokimatawhaorua te waka
Ko Pouerua te maunga
Ko Taumarere te awa
Ko Ōwhareiti te moana
Ko Ngāpuhi te iwi
Ko Ngātikopaki, rātou ko Ngāti Te Ara, ko Ngātihine ōku hapū
Ko Te Rito rāua ko Otiria ōku marae.
Taku taha whaeā
Ko Takitimu te waka
Ko Ruahine maunga tapu
Ko Tukituki rāua ko Waipawa ōku awa
Ko Whatumā te waiū
Ko Kahungunu te iwi
Ko Ngāi Toro-i-waho rāua ko Ngāi Te Whatuiāpiti ōku hapū
Ko Pukehou, rātou ko Te Whatuiāpiti, ko Te Tapairu, ko Mataweka, ko Rongo-a-Tahu, ko Rakautatahi ōku marae.
Tihei Kahungunu ki Tamatea!
Ko Jenny Nelson-Smith tōku ingoa.
Profile (April 2023 - Jenny replaces the late JB Heperi Smith who resigned from the NKII Board in March 2023)
My mum Kararaina (Carol) Eru Te Hopu was born in Patangata, eloped with my father George, and upon her mum (Noti Eru Te Hopu) passing returned home to Waipatu with Dad and I in tow.
After college (Hukarere) I moved to Tamatea (Central Hawkes Bay) and for most of my life have lived there, worked there, had my children there, and am still there.
From the time my Mum introduced me to the many hui across the rohe, I have either held a role, or been active, contributing to marae, hapū, Taiwhenua and iwi having been volun-told by mum, kuia, kaumātua and whānau. My favourite times have been driving kuia, kaumātua and whānau across the motu for hui. So much shared stories, shared laughter, and shared sadness.
My goal for my term on the Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Inc. Board is to Co-design and implement a Kahungunu ki Tamatea Mana Motuhake Strategy - that will be led by whānau. To walk in and beyond the footprints of our tipuna. Mā Tamatea! Mō Tamatea!
KO TE NGĀKAU KI NGĀ TAONGA A Ō TĀTOU TIPUNA, HEI TIKITIKI MŌ TE MĀHUNGA.
Our hearts to our ancestors as adornment of our thoughts.
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