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  • Writer's pictureLara Thorne

Focus Paihia Maori Representative

[threecol_two]The Focus Paihia Community Charitable Trust Board is delighted to announce the appointment of new Trustee, NGATI KAWA TAITUHA, as  the Focus Paihia Māori Representative. Ngati Kawa Aramiha Taituha was born in Kawakawa Hospital, attended Paihia Primary School and Bay of Islands College, leaving there in 1995. He spent his post college years in Christchurch and Sydney returning to New Zealand in 2001 to complete a diploma in Māori Studies, Ngapuhi. Following this Ngati Kawa became the Te Ataarangi Maori Language Facilitator at Waitangi Marae and worked at the Copthorne Hotel before joining the Waitangi Treaty Grounds team, where he currently works and has done for the past 10 years.[/threecol_two] [threecol_one_last]


A big highlight of his life was travelling through Hawaii and Canada in 2011. Moving forward, his future aspiration is to leverage the power of the internet and build an online infopreneur digital platform.  Ngati Kawa is a highly active member of our community and is involved in a number of organisations. He is the Te Tii Waitangi Marae Chairman, a Te Tii (Waitangi) B3 Trustee and Te Maungarongo Whenua Trust Chairman. He is involved with the Taitokerau Maori Tourism Association, Iwi Kiwi Eco Park (Waitangi Endowment Forest) and Tuu Taua o Ngapuhi (Ngapuhi Martial Arts Academy).

Ngati Kawa says [quote]I look up to the Trustees of Focus Paihia, and their co-ordinator Tiff Holland, because they have been the drivers behind creating an amazing community spirit. What can I bring to my role as Focus Paihia Māori Representative? I believe its whanaungatanga, making everyone, Maori and Pakeha, feel like we are all part of ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY”. [/quote]




Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te Waka  – Ngatokimatawhaorua is the sacred vessel that carried my DNA to this land

Ko Pouerua the Maunga  – Pouerua is the sentinel mountain that has watched over us for many generations

Ko Waitangi te Awa – The flowing life waters of the Waitangi river is part of my well being

Ko Te Tiriti O Waitangi te Whare Tupuna – Our ancestral house constructed for chiefly gatherings is called Te Tiriti O Waitangi

Ko Ngapuhi te Iwi  – My Ngapuhi kinship is an inheritance I claimed at birth

Tihewa Mauri Ora  – Tis, I breathe and am one with all creation [hr]


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