Tēnei au te tū nei i te tihi o Parāhaki i Te-Pakipakitanga-o-Hinetemoa,
Ka titiro whakararo ki ngā waiora o Kahumoko,
E koropiko ana, e haehae ana i te mānia Kakiraawa, e horo ra,
Ka haere tāku tiro ki ngā whare pā o Heretaunga,
Heretaunga haukū nui, Heretaunga ara rau, Heretaunga hāro o te kāhu, Heretaunga raorao haumako, Heretaunga ringahora, Heretaunga takoto noa
Whakangaro atu ana te makiu tāngata ki te rua kōiwi o te Atuamatua. Nā te mata kārehu koutou i tanu tēnei te mata arero te hahū ake anō, hei whakamahu i te mamae e kaikinikini nei. Mā koutou te tai ahiahi, mā tātau te tai awatea, tihei mauri ora!
Kei taku ariki i te nohoanga rongomaiwhiti o te Kīngitanga, kia tau iho te tawharautanga atua ki runga i a koe me tō whare mataaho ariki, Paimarire!
Ko wai au? Ko te uri o Ngāti Kahungunu me Rongomaiwāhine
Tēnā tātau, my name is Osiris White Munro.
I’m honoured and privileged to have been offered the opportunity of leading Hastings Boys’ High School as Head Boy for 2024. I never imagined that I would be Head Boy of my school, so it is with great honour that I am able to lead our beautiful school. I was born and bred in the small village of Te-Pakipakitanga-o-Hinetemoa, a settlement of 500 people mostly whānau. My mother's iwi is Rongomaiwāhine and she was raised in Waikokopu, Te Māhia which also had an influence on my upbringing and my father's iwi is Ngāti Kahungunu, also raised in Pakipaki.
There is a saying in te ao Māori - “It takes a village to raise a child” and reflecting on my journey, I understand the profound impact that a community can have on our personal growth - especially our Kaumātua. The actions of our tīpuna give us guidance on how to structure our ways of doing things. For instance, they taught me that everything has a mauri, a purpose. So be mindful. A pen has a mauri, a book has a mauri and most importantly we all have a mauri, we just need to find what ours is and fulfil it.
My journey here at Hastings Boys’ High School has provided me with opportunities that have helped me develop into the young Ākina Man I am today. Over the past few years, I have pushed myself out of my comfort zone and into environments that I wasn’t used to. And by doing so, I have been able to become a better version of myself. From being Chairman of the Hastings Youth Council, and having an Intern position representing Houngarea marae on the Te Haaro o Te Kaahu Board to my time at Outward Bound, I am honoured to have learned how a true leader executes the important values in life which include, dignity, respect, purpose, integrity and whānau. These values are just a few qualities that I wish to embody within the Ākina Brotherhood in 2024. Being Head Boy is not just about having “a title”, it’s also about giving your time back to those who helped you along the way, offering what ever you can to the community. I’m a firm believer in giving back, especially being raised as a marae kid. So, I will strive to help our brothers here at Hastings Boys’ High School!
I’m excited to see what the prefect group can offer to Hastings Boys’ High School in 2024!
Huri noa i te whare nei,
Ākina, ākina tukua
Osiris White Munro Head Boy 2024 Old Boy of Te Kura o Pakipaki and Flaxmere Primary School