Tihei Mauri ora! Ko wai ahau?
Ko Maungatautari rāua ko Mauao ōku Maunga.
Ko Waikato rāua ko Wairoa ōku Awa
Ko Tainui rāua ko Takitimu ōku Waka
Ko Ngāti Raukawa rāua ko Ngāti Ranginui ōku Iwi
Ko Ngāti Huri rāua ko Ngāti Kahu ōku Hapū
Ko Pikitu rāua ko Wairoa ōku Marae
Ko Piripi rāua ko Okeroa Whaiapu ōku mātua tupuna
Ko Simmonds te Whānau
Ko Whaiapu, Vinnie, tōku ingoa.
No reirā, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.
Kia ora, I’m passionate about our community, sharing our culture with others.
A husband to Chrissy and a father of four and 5 mokopuna I’ve had over 16 years of international experience in supporting community development and whānau restoration.
I believe we all can have a part to play in making our community stronger and where there's a sense of belonging. There are always challenges and the key is to find good solutions that benefit everyone.
"Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi engari he toa takitini"
"Our strength does not come from ourselves alone, our strength comes from the many"