Ka tangi te titi
Ka tangi te kaka
Ka tangi hoki ahau
As the Sooty Shearwater voices its presence
As the parrot voices its presence
So too do I!
Tuatahi, e mihi ana ki a to tātou matua-nui-i-te-rangi, nāna nei ngā mea kātoa.
Tuarua, e tangi ana ki te hunga wairua, kua whetūrangitia.
Tuatoru, ka hoki mai ki te hunga ora e kaha nei te tiaki į o tātou taonga tuku iho.
Tēnā tātou kātoa.
First, I acknowledge our creator, from whom all things orginate.
Second, I remember and acknowledge all who have passed on
Third, I come back to us all here today, those who work to ensure the treasures we have inherited live on for generations to come.
Greetings to us all
My name is Eliza Sophie Snelgar, eldest daughter of Alexander Fraser Wakefield and Ruiha Kake Wakefield. I am married to Denis & we have 3 adult children, 7 mokopuna and 2 great mokopuna. I am a Company Directory working in area of Maori Health, Chairperson of two Maori Land Trusts with whenua on Rakiura and actively involved in whenua management and Marae in Tai Tokerau.
Rakiura Trust is entrusted with a significant number of assets that have commercial, social and cultural performance drivers requiring strong effective governance. I am keenly aware of the challenges and opportunities we face as Maori and Trustees today, and believe that a skilled team pulling together on the one waka is critical for success. I am inspired by the stories and taonga left to us by our tipuna and grateful for the opportunity to make a positive difference now and for our mokopuna into the future.