Ngāpuhi descendant speaks at Indigenous Design Symposium in Canada22 June 2017
Trans-Tasman Cup for young Ngāpuhi siblings13 July 2017
Proud Ngāpuhi representing New Zealand in China
Thank you for supporting me. Having decided to do the Great Wall of China Marathon as a challenge and to also prove to my daughter Raiha that you can do anything you put your mind to, I trained hard and as often as I could for 52 weeks. There were 88 kiwis that took part in the marathon – we called ourselves the ‘Influence Crew’. Although I didn’t complete the tortuous 35 kilometres in the 6 hours cut-off time – I did finish it, in 7 hours and 4 minutes.
I am extremely proud of my efforts and so are my family and friends. I set out to be the best role model for my daughter Raiha and to show her how hard work, commitment and more hard work pays off. I am extremely proud to be a Māori nō Ngāpuhi who represented New Zealand at this event.
Ngā mihi nui ki te Rūnanga mo te tautoko.
[Published in E Mara E Pānui 29 June 2017]