Papa Pounamu Hui MC
Nō Ngāti Rārua, Te Atiawa, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Tama, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāi Te Rangi ōku tūpuna.
Ko Keri Tākao taku ingoa.
My name is Keri Tākao, I am a descendant of, a grandchild of, a child of, a father of, a husband of, a friend of, a grandparent of, and a teacher of my extended family who are of both Māori and non-Māori descent.
My aims in life are to live up to the roles and responsibilities of the above mentioned to the best of my ability and I hope to achieve this through love, support and dedication. I am privileged in both my home life and ‘work’, for want of a better word. I am a teacher and have been one for 30 years. My work allows me to support in the growth of individuals, which enriches their hāpu (extended family) and ultimately benefiting their iwi (nation).
‘Ahakoa he iti, he pounamu.’
‘Although it is small, it is a treasure.”