I have a Vision NOT of my own but given to me over many years when like you I was living my life as we all do…. but with one difference
My life was to change whether I wanted it to or not …. my ancestors had already written my path with blood that flowed through these veins yet I was to learn….
No matter what I did they would hold me to this…and with this I now stand before you to let you know that what you feel and what is in your heart is no lie….
There is a Vision. …Of a united Maori beyond tribal boundaries that states and is written that the people of this land (Aotearoa) will Unite and once again lead this Waka. With the blessing and mana of the vision that our ancestors gave their life for…. and which those that stand in their mana are fighting for once again… A vision that you the people are the heartbeat of….
Yes now you will all have the knowledge that I have carried for so long and with so much sacrifice, which should have not been ……
The Vision that is and I was Given to carry to the people, which has been denied for the people by the very people who should have upheld this …….yes for you the people.
I say Where Is the emotion of our leaders flowing out to our people, as they should stand against this our birthright taken from under our feet ……
I see a people strong but with no direction. I see a people calling out but not heard. I see a people being led but no leaders…
I ask of all the elders OF ALL MAORIDOM WHY…. are we to suffer the same fate of so many others or will we respect the past and therefore look forward to a future.
Time has run out, as has my energy to stay the lies and deceit that the people continue to be fed.
So I ask all of you to ask more from these so-called leaders ….it is written in the blood of our ancestors that this is our birthright and if they cannot deliver they stand aside for someone who can.