Our Stories :: Taukiri Trinity Heneora

My journey started when I was very young, I was 14 when I first started doing Karanga. I would go with my grandfather to Mangatangi Poukai where he would sit me on his roof off his humber 80, so I could see what was going on. I’ve been going every year since I was 7 years old, always sitting on the top of my grandfather roof. One day I saw this beautiful old kuia walk past me and noticed her moko kauae wasn’t needled on her, it was done the traditional way, Chiseled and carved into the skin. The Mana and beauty of this old kuia astounded me so much that it is a sight I will never forget.

One day my Mother had said to me, E Taukiri, He taonga pai te moko kauae kia koe. For years you’ve been chasing what you already have my daughter, You have the language, the passion to karanga and everything else ever since you were little. Not so long after that i was privileged to receive my very own moko kauae on the bases to represent one of many factors of our Marae Mangatangi, and more so received my Moko Kauae as a Lead Kaikaranga Expert.

Today I can stand on any marae and be given the tokotoko to karanga, no matter where I am in this world. My love and passion for Karanga is beyond words. I have been one of the youngest and luckiest Rangatahi Wahine to walk alongside the most high ranked kaikaranga in Aotearoa, and guess what? The learning does not stop there. Even till this day I am still learning. I am forever grateful and humbled much by those I’ve had the chance to learn from. Our Tupuna

Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa

Tena koutou katoa.

Kei te mihi tuatahi te atua
Ki runga rawa.
Kei te mihi tuarua.
Ta tatou Kingi Tuheitia.
Rire Rire Hau Paimaarire

I te taha o toku Papa
Ko Kapowai te Maunga
Ko Taumarere te Awa
Ko Ngatokimataowharua te Waka
Ko Waihaha te marae
Ko Ngapuhi te Iwi
Ko Kapotai te hapu
Ko Hone Hika te Tangata.

I te taha o toku Mama

Ko Taupiri te Maunga
Ko Waikato te Awa
Ko Tainui te Waka
Ko Mangatangi te Marae
Ko Tainui te Iwi
Ko Ngati Tamaoho te hapu
Ko Te Puea Herangi te Ariki
Ko Tamaoho te tangata

Tihei Mauri Ora

Ko Mangatangi Ahau
I whanau mai i Otahuhu
I tupu ake au i Otara
Kei Papakura i noho ana
Tokorima nga tamariki.
Kaiarahi i roto ki Makaatanara Papakura.

Ko Trinity Katipa Hereora
Toku Ingoa.

- Trinity

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