Leah Mayne

  • Mother
  • Poihakena - Sydney Australia
  • Ngāti Hine, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kuri, Ngāti Mahuta & Ngāti Apakura

My vision for the Ngāpuhi settlement starts with a healthy root system.

We are the kaitiaki of our land, sea and sky. As kaitiakitanga our roots need fertile soil to become firm, strong and healthy. From that nurturing we will be well-balanced so we can flourish.

We require a sense of achievement to have a healthy outlook, mentally and physically. Health and education is an investment.

There are many health issues and the broader term would be mental illness with many causes including grievances and addictions. It is time to mend, be worthy and move forward.

University and Polytech grants will be encouraging as they lessen the financial burden. There should be room for everyone.

And I reflect on the ones who get lost in the system, who are unhappy at school. Why are they unhappy? Because they differ from what today’s society expects from them. A simple condition, such as dyslexia, causes a practical and bright person to have difficulty putting pen to paper.

Sport grants for individuals and teams - a healthy body is a healthy mind. Prowess in sport brings out the best and with team sport, it tells us that we cannot do it alone - everyone has an important role to play to get the job done.

We need funding for marae projects, to assist our community with mentoring, tangata whenua, te reo and building projects.

Finally, our Kaumātua and Kuia – we need to look after them as they are worthy and they are why we are here today. Our Kaumātua and Kuia have every right to be looked after well.