Community Group Speaker: Amelia Williams

Ngāti Tara Tokanui

Amelia is a multi-tasking ringa raupā of Ngati Tara Tokanui, Ngati Koi Ngamarama.
The Ohinemuri River etched her whanau and iwi deep in the Hauraki soil. Once upon a time it was the teacher, the sustainer for a millennium or so it was home. In a brief moment the River and the iwi it sustained were decimated: her PhD journey tells that story. Her passion is not about telling it’s about doing so that the iwi generations yet to come can once again narrate the wellbeing that makes the Ohinemuri home.

Amelia is a mum a farmer, a poet, a Treaty Negotiator, a warrior ringa raupā the Executive Chairperson of the iwi Post Settlement Governance Entity.

Ode to Hinemuri
Underneath that sacred maunga
where the darkly waters glimmer
Rapa-tio-tio will not surrender
hine daughter of Te Muri

All who speak O-hine-muri
join the chanting of the ages,
Right the wrong,
return the taonga
Ngāti Koi, Ngāti Tara Tokanui...

Wed 2:50 pm