Kaumoana

John-Reid Tihirahi Willison

E’o Haunui
He uri teenei noo Te Taiwhatiwhati aa Kupe
Noo ngaa onepuu-mangu o Te Tai Hauaauru
Ki Te Tahaaroa a Ruapuutahanga
Ko Auaukiterangi runga Maketu ki Kawhia kei te ihu
Ko Miromiro-i-te-po runga Mirumiru ki Marokopa kei te kei
Ko Te Tahaaroa runga Aaruka raaua ko Te Ohaaki runga Kooraha kei waenganui
Epeepe Tainui e’o

E’o Te Aurere
He uri teenei noo ngaa kaawai heke o te whenua matitimuramura o te Tai-Tokerau
He uri noo Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa, Ngaati Kahu, Ngapuhi nui tonu
Ko Karepori runga Taipa raaua ko Te Manawa o Ngaati Tara runga Parapara ngaa marae
Ko Taipa tookuu uukaipoo
Epeepe Mamaru e’o

John-Reid was first initiated into Waka Kaupapa in 2006 under the guidance of our Tohunga Waka, matua Turanga Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr. However, his mid-teens life intervened and he switched focus to gain a trade qualification but in 2015, after graduating and having given back to those who nurtured, trained and guided his career, John-Reid returned to Waka, accepting an invitation from matua Hotu to return to bring Haunui home from the Pacific.
A pivotal moment indeed as this fortuitous opportunity would not only afford himself a valuable re-connection to Waka Kaupapa but, more so, the re-awakening of his desire, passion and the yearning John-Reid didn’t realise he had for Waka K