We have recently welcomed intern, Aurtum Martin to our team. As part of her internship, Aurtum will be writing a weekly blog, sharing her experiences as a guide for Tāmaki Hikoi and working in Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei's Tourism unit. Check her first post out below.
Ka timata ahau I tōku tūpuna a Tuperiri. Na Tuperiri ka puta ko Tarahawaiki,
Na Tarahawaiki, ka puta ko Apihai Te Kawau; na Apihai Te Kawau, ka puta ko Herawhakamana
Na Herawhakamana ka puta ko Te Hira Pateoro; na Te Hira Pateoro, ka puta ko Hamiora Pateoro
Na Hamiora Pateoro, ka puta ko Mihiata Te Mamae; na Mihiata Te Mamae ka puta ko Herawhakamana
Na Herawhakamana ka puta ko Ngakari; na Ngakari ka puta ko Herawhakamana
Na Herawhakamana ka puta ko Leah; na Leah ka puta ko ahau.
Ko Mahuhu Ki Te Rangi te waka, ko Maungakiekie te maunga, ko Waitemata te awa, ko Ngā Oho, Te Tāōū, me Te Uringutu ngā hapu. Ko Aurtum Grace Ngakari Martin.
Tihei Mauri Ora
Kia ora whānau, my name is Aurtum and I am deeply humbled and appreciative to be undergoing an internship, working for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei in the Business Development - Tourism sector. I am also honoured to be working with Uncle Jamie Cook and Rebecca Sullivan. They both create an enjoyable yet focused, driven working environment. This is currently my third week and I am LOVING IT! I love working with my family and also love being able walk five minutes down the road to work. One of my jobs I have been assigned is writing this blog you are now reading, as well as taking tourists around our whenua (land) on our Tāmaki Hikoi tours. I enjoy showing the tourists around our whenua and enriching them with a Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrākei perspective on the occupation, settlements and also just the day to day living and resources used back in the day. The three destinations during our tours are Maungawhau, Takaparawhau and also the winter gardens by the domain.
This weekly blog is going to let all my whanau know what I am doing, what I am learning and also what I am educating the tourists during this hikoi I take.
Please let me know if you have any stories/facts or pakiwaitara you would like me to share to the tourists.
"Whaia te iti kahurangi, ki te tuohu koe me he maunga teitei"
"Seek that which is most precious, if you should bow let it be to a lofty mountain"