Ka tau atu toku waka ki te moana i tangi tikapakapa oku ruruhi
Titiro whakarunga ki Moehau ki uta, ki Te Aroha ki tai
Hoe atu ra ki te whanga o Manaia
E rere mai nei toku awa a Kakatarahae hei oranga mo te iwi
Tu mai ra toku wharetipuna a Te Kou o Rehua i te ao, i te po
Ko Ngai Irihanga te kaiwhangai i te iwi, te kaimanaaki i te marea
Ko Hauraki toku whenua tupu, toku turangawaewae e
Tihei mauri ora!
My name is Riana Manuel and I am from a small village called Manaia on the Coromandel Peninsular.
I am a mother of 7 tamariki and a grandmother to 12 mokopuna.
I am a wife, daughter, sister and member of my community and take relish what these roles and responsibilities mean.