Jeanine Clarkin

Ko Rae o Te Papa te maunga
Ko Tikapa te moana
Ko Waihou te awa
Ko Tohora te waka
Ko Ngaati Hako te iwi
ko Mahutoro te hapuu
ko Tirohia te marae
Ko Te Kotahitanga te whare
Ko Paora Tuinga oku tiipuna
Ko Jeanine Clarkin ahau
me Ngāti Pāoa, Ngāi te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Raukawa Te Kaokaoroa o Patatere

I strategically chose to move to Waiheke as a place where I have ancestral ties, Having lived in various communities over the years , none could hold my short attention span and I moved constantly, Although I loved the places, Taupo Whaingaroa Poneke Grey Lynn I was aware that I was not tangata whenua and felt like a temporary manuhiri. After a short stint back home in Paeroa engrossed in motherhood and marae life I felt the tug to head closer to the concrete jungle. Waiheke was the perfect combination of rural yet flash fashionable and a glide across the moana to the art culture and diversity that fed me.

Aside from the amazing scenery and sense of belonging, Everybody feeds Jeanine! Waiheke is a place full of creative conscious people who live purposely and aren’t afraid to speak their mind. Opinions, passions and pukana fly, it’s an amazing melting pot of
multiculturalism in action which is beautiful but leaves tangata whenua as the smallest minority group on the motu with the task of guiding people on how to respect our manaakitanga and aroha as we mourn for what could have been. I’m lucky to be living inside my pepeha. As tangata whenua and ahi kaa I’m passionate about creating opportunities and implementing change that will allow more Ngati Paaoa and Hauraki whanau back to the motu a to build papakainga for our future offspring who will need to guide and manaaki this amazing and insatiable community.