This is the message from your Runanga trustee Jordan Marshall-Wansbrough (Ngāti Maru, Te Atiawa, Taranaki Tuturu, Kahungunu ki Wairoa).
What’s also important for Jordan is to see Ngāti Maru uri on their pathways to success, and that whānau return home to live….
“There are no more families that live within the rohe of Ngāti Maru anymore. The last uri was Aunty Ruth Nuku out at Purangi. I want all of our uri to come home and reconnect, because we are so disconnected because of the raupatu, the confiscations of land and the perpetual leases.”
Jordan also wants to get more whānau registered and more activities available for them to get involved with back at the pa.
“We already have some amazing things happening, that wānanga are really popular for our people and we also have the Purangi project happening at the moment with Karen and her husband on their farm. It’s where my great grandmother was born and our kuia Mere Whaitiri and her husband Koro Jo lived alongside many of our other whānau. It’s amazing to go out there and walk around our rohe because not a lot of people get to do it.”
It’s clear when you talk to Jordan his deep passion lies with reconnecting whānau.
“Bringing my grandmother out here that has never been here before. And having some of my family members who haven’t been out here ever or stepped foot on a marae. That’s what it’s about. That’s what matters to me.”