“He Waireka te Wamāori”
Ko wai Au? (from whose waters do I descend?)
Te kai hoki rā i Waiaua!
He whare moenga mōu mō te tangata
Hei kume kupenga i te ākau.
Ki Ōhiwa kei te uru,
e karangahia ai ko ‘Te tamāhine a Te Whakatōhea’
Waimāori is important to me because:
When we ask each other and ourselves “Ko Wai Au? Ko Wai koe?” We’re asking from whose waters does one descend. Both in the carnal form (the amniotic waters that held us in ahuru mōwai), and in the waterways that sustain us – Ou awa, which runs from our mountain, and into our oceans. Waimāori for me is the everyday reminder of our whakapapa right to belong, to identify, and to be sustained by our own natural waters. Fizz Free is the 21st-century version of returning us to our water systems and protecting those rights, responsibilities and obligations.
My favourite part about being in the Fizz Free Campaign team is:
The opportunity to get down in the community, and really touch base with our Tamariki, rangatahi and whānau out at events. I also love the cool vibes that a February Challenge brings. Not too early that you miss out on Christmas treats, not too late, that you cant make a start!