Welcome back to those of you who have been here since the start; but to the majority of you who have only recently found this platform: Nau Mai Haere Mai!
Ko wai au?
Ko Te Kahukura Boynton toku ingoa.
Ko Maunga-a-rangi te maunga
Ko Otara te awa
Ko Terere Te Marae
Ko Te Whakatohea te iwi
Ko Ngati Ngahere te hapu
I was born and raised in the Mighty Hawke's Bay, spending most of my time in Tamatea as well as a stint in Pirimai as well! I attended Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Ara Hou and continued my education at St Joseph's Maori Girls' College. I was 15 years old when my mum and I relocated to Tokoroa. I attended Tokoroa High School starting in 2020. I was named the Deputy Head Girl at the end of 2020.
Kei whea Inaianei?
Today, I am studying Law at the University of Waikato. I am studying year 2 this year and intend on graduating with my LLB at the end of 2024. I'm not sure where life is taking me, but I do know that it will be somewhere where I can live under my own values and those of my tipuna.
Oku tino wawataa:
My biggest inspiration comes from my Nanny Mei. Some of you may know her as a kaiako who taught many years at Te Whare Tapere in Heretaunga. She taught me all I know about Te Ao Maori, how to manaaki, but most of all - what the most significant things in life are:
Being with whanau;
Taking care of those who need support;
Living under tikanga Maori;
Standing up for our people, no matter what!
Ko te Whaea te takere o te waka:
It was her teachings that made me passionate about all things Maori. It was through this passion that I saw a need for Financial Literacy amongst rangatahi. We need to secure financial stability to be able to do all of the things our tipuna wanted us to. It's hard to take care of our own when we don't have the resources to do so. Being trapped in a 9-5 makes it near impossible to go to all the tangihanga we want to, to be there for our kaumatua.
So, with that being said I wanted to say Kia Ora to you all! Nau Mai Haere Mai ki a koutou katoa. Drop a comment below sharing a bit about yourself and what your financial goals are for the year of 2022!
Ngaa Mihi Mahana,
Te Kahukura Boynton