Kaituhituhi / Author
Jasmine (Jaz) Kahuirangi Macdonald
Mihaere Mauri Ora Rōpū (Secretary)
Ko Ngati Kahungunu o te Wairoa te iwi
Ko Takitimu te Waka
Ko Te Rauhina te Marae
Ko Whakapunake te Maunga
Ko Wairoa te Awa
Ko Piwa me Makere Mihaere oku Tipuna
Ko Murray Jr Craig Macdonald toku Matua
Ko Ana Kahuirangi Mihaere toku Whaea
Ko Jasmine Kahuirangi Macdonald toku ingoa
Korero / Story
When I received an invitation to the ANZAC Hui at Te Rauhina, something inside of me knew I had to be there. Having spent the majority of my adult life quite removed from the wider Mihaere whanau, it felt right to take this as my opportunity to reconnect with my whanau, and to visit my Whare Tipuna – Te Rauhina for the first time.
My time at the hui was beyond words. Not only did I reconnect with whanau, but I felt an overwhelming sense of belonging. I felt this from my Mihaere roots (which come from my mum’s side) but unbeknown to me, my Tamihana whanau roots (on my father’s side) run deep within Te Rauhina, Kihitu and Wairoa too. It gave me a sense of empowerment. I realised how much I lacked in knowledge, which only left me hungry to learn more.
I spent the majority of that weekend, listening to our Kaumatua share their knowledge and their vision for our whanau and made a point to try and get around each of the whanau present to converse about life.
There came a time during that weekend that the Mihaere Mauri Ora Ropu was formed. Although I needed a bit of encouragement from my Uncle Peter, I felt strongly enough to join this ropu for several reasons. Firstly, from the sense of empowerment the weekend had given me. Secondly, as the eldest of my whanau I feel that I have a certain responsibility within that to take leadership. And lastly for my children, in learning myself I am teaching them.
I believe this is the next part of my journey in life. I look forward to the Mihaere future and seeing where our whanau can go. I look forward to reconnecting again with my Aunties, Uncles and Cousins and to meet whanau I haven’t met yet (I know there are heaps!)
Ka tipu te kakanoa
Ka tipu, ka awhi, ka tu
I raro it e Aka Matua
When the seed is sown,
growth will begin, you will nurture,
so that it will stand tall.