Nedracita Rangimarie Dunn (Wetere)
Matua, tama, wairua tapu me ngā anahera pono me te māngai Ae!
Te tīmatanga o ngā whakaaro nui
E wehi ana ki te Atua
Kia whakahonoretia tō tātou Kīngi, a Kīngi Tuheitia Pōtatau Te Wherowhero Te Tuawhitu
E mihi ana ki tōna whare ariki
Oti rā ki te kahuiariki nui tonu
It is humbling to have been elected as a Trustee for our Marae.
I am the third child of six children born to Koro and Girlie Wetere and the mokopuna of William (Bill) and Amy Edwards, my maternal grandparents who raised me on our farm at Ōpārau.
I attended Ōpārau Primary School in the earlier years before moving back to live with my parents in Te Kuiti and Otorohanga. I am married to Craven Dunn (Ngapuhi/Te Rarawa). We have two boys Tony and Grayson and a daughter, Jaudyn (deceased) who is buried in Waipapa Urupa next to her tūpuna. I have two mokopuna, Ritihia and Brodie who reside in Perth, Australia with their parents, Tony and Lindy Dunn. Their Uncle Grayson also lives in Perth with partner Emma.
My playground was the marae, where I watched and learnt at an early age how important the marae was to my family and extended whānau. The two driving forces that influenced my life growing up was the Kiingitanga and my belief in the Hāhi Ratana. My teachers were my grandparents, parents and whānau. Dad instilled in us as children the importance of relationships whether they be with Māori or Pākehā. Likewise, the values of our Hāhi and the Kiingitanga enriched our lives.
My Grandfather, Mother and Aunty Penny were Waipapa Trustees for many years, enhancing the message that in order to lead from the front your journey should have started at the back (kitchen). Their drive was to ensure that the Marae grew and prospered for all to enjoy.
As was their vision for Waipapa, I believe we have the ability to move forward sourcing available resources, to better our future for our Marae and our whanau, working collectively together to achieve that.
We are building something that will be enduring for future generations. I am committed to breathing new life into our Marae so that it is self-sustaining in the long term.
A well-known Whakatauki by the late Te Puia Herangi epitomizes the essence of what I believe we can do as a Marae and people.
Mahia te mahi hei painga mo te iwi. Manaakitia te iwi, whangaaia te tangata. Kia mau te aroha me te rangimarie.
E te Iwi, noho iho rā i runga i te aroha o te Atua.