We are delighted to introduce Auparo Piripi as our Kaiwhirimuka, the cultural lead for Real.
The term Kaiwhirimuka was gifted to Pathways and Real by Keri Opai, former Tātāriki for the Wise Group and current Pathways board member. Muka are the fibres of the harakeke, and Kaiwhirimuka talks to the weaving and twisting of the fibres. Often this work is done behind the scenes where people do not see.
Te Auparo was working with Te Whare Huapai and the transition service with Te Whare o te Hononga in Kirikiriroa Hamilton.
Te Auparo is from Ngā Puhi, is a te reo Māori speaker and has a good grasp of her tūākiritanga (identity) and her ahurea Māori (Māori world).
She is looking forward to meeting Real whānau while supporting our te ao Māori kaupapa across the motu.