Kōkiri 16 – He Kaimahi Nō Te Puni Kōkiri

Published in Kōkiri 16, Mahuru - Whiringa ā Nuku 2009

Ingoa Bert Johnson Mackie

Iwi
Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Hine, Patuharakeke

Pakeke
21 haha

Kai pai
Poaka me te puha kohuatia

Ngā Aihikirimi pai
Ngā tipi tiakarete me te arani

He aha te motuhaketanga o tō Ngāpuhitanga ki a koe
Ko te whanaungatanga o taku iwi me te takutai moana o te rohe whānui o Te Taitokerau tētahi tikanga nō Ngāpuhi me hāpaitia tonutia e tātou katoa.

He aha tō mahi ki Te Puni Kōkiri?
He tautoko i te Māori, he āwhina i te Māori me ō rātou moemoeā.

E hia te roa kua mahi nei koe ki Te Puni Kōkiri?
I tohua tuatahi ai au ki te poari o te tari Māori i te tau 1974 mai taua wā ki nāianei kua upoko pakaru aku mahi mo te iwi Māori whānui.

He aha tētahi mahi pai kua oti i a koe e mahi ana i Te Puni Kōkiri?
Ko te mahi tahi me ngā iwi Māori o Te Waipounamu i ngā tau whitu tekau waru tekau tau hoki ki te āwhi i a rātou ki te whakarite ā rātou kaupapa whakahaeretanga iwi mai ā rātou whenua, ngahere ki ā rātou mahinga kai hoki.

He aha ngā mahi e pai ana ki a koe?
I marena māua ko taku hoa rangatira a Edith i te marama o Kohitātea i te tau 1946, mai taua wā ki nāianei he ōrite tonu tōku aroha mōna. Kaore au e hiahia ki te maumau i taku wā ki ngā mahi takitahi e kore e ngākau nuitia ana e tō tātou iwi e kore nei au e aro atu.

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