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Matua Bill and Whaea Pat Barlow

Kia ora koutou katoa o nga pou o te mahi ora tinana.

Matua Bill Barlow

Kia ora koutou katoa o ngā  pou o te mahi ora tinana. Mokau ki runga, Tamaki ki raro, Maungatoatoa ki waenganui; Pare Hauraki Pare Waikato;Te kao kao o roa o Paatetere. Hurirauna ki Kawhia Moana.ko Ngati Hikairo,Maniapoto e mihi atu nei,tena ra kotou katoa. Ngā mihi nui o te tau hou me ngā piki ora ki runga i o koutou whanau,hapu,marae maha.

Ko Wiremu Barlow tenei kua whakatau nei ki te pae o te Tae Ora Tinana whānau hei Kaumaatua me taku hoa rangatira ia Patricia.

Patricia and I take pleasure in responding to prompting by our friends of Tae Ora Tinana whanau to share a little about ourselves.

One grew up on the whānau farm in the Kawhia district, went to boarding school at Te Whaiti of te Urewera district. One returned home to care for Mum and Dad and the farm. Naturally a teenager got itchy feet and went awol, arrived in Tamakimakaurau, sowed wild oats, responded to Christian values which interrupted a downhill slide into debauchery, met and married my darling wife.

We raised a family and served our youth in hostel parenting. These social services and caregiving gave us gratification in steering our youth into education and career pathways. One gives praise to Te Pihopatanga o Aotearoa for assisting one to obtain one's degree in social services and diplomas in theology and Tikanga. Tae Ora Tinana is an agency for promoting Māori professionals in delivering health and fitness to all peoples and especially to educate our people in living a healthy lifestyle.

No reira,ngā manaakitanga o te Rungarawa ki runga ia kotou whanau me nga ahuatanga e pa nei kia tatou katoa. Kia ora.

Whaea Pat Barlow

Tena kotou katoa. Ko Patricia Isabelle toku ingoa. Ko Ngati Whaatua te iwi, ko Maamari te waka, ko Taita te Marae ki Taakawira.

I was born in Dargaville, raised and educated in Kaikohe and Te Tii. Attended New Plymouth Girls’ High and worked for the New Zealand Post and Telegraph. 

I met and married William in 1966, lived and started a family in Hamilton and dabbled with business opportunities until God called us into hostel management with United Maori Mission – I was Matron while William studied Theology. We spent eighteen years with the U.M.M, while I developed skills in various areas of development, specialising as a seamstress with professionalism in the drape and curtain industry.

It is a privilege at this stage in life to be associated with Tae Ora Tinana in our capacity as kaumātua and kuia, but more importantly to be consultants in an advisory and leadership capacity.

No reira, noho ora mai i raro ngā manaakitanga o te Rungarawa i  ngā waa katoa. Kia ora

March 2007

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