Tena koutou katoa,
Ko Huiarau te Whenua
Ko Ruapekapeka me Hihi oku Maunga
Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te Waka
Ko Ngati Hau me Ngati Tu oku Hapu
Ko Ruawahine to Awa
Ko Akerama te Marae
Ko Geneva Hildreth taku ingoa
It is with pleasure and pride that I welcome you to the Whanau of Te Waka kai Ora (TWKO).
The pleasure is being involved with a Maori Verification process that embraces Maori and our Tikanga.
Pride that I have been involved with TWKO since its inception and a beautiful Indeginious process.
Over the years TWKO has evolved through the pain that goes with the birthing of a Taonga, and grief with losing valuable members.
However, like our Mara it continues to sustain and strengthen us.
No reira tena koutou, tena koutou katoa.