Kahuranaki toku maunga
Nagruroro toku awa
Ngāti Kahungunu toku iwi
E patoto ana taku taiaha i te tatou o Te Matau a Maui Tikitiki a Taranga
The MOKO Foundation is supporting Romaine Crawford to attend the 2017 United Nations Global Development Tour which takes place in Paris, Geneva, Brussels, Copenhagen, London and New York.
Romaine is an 18 year old, Year 13 student at Karamu High School in Hastings. She is an Excellence-endorsed student and Academic Prefect. Romaine is actively involved in a wide range of cultural and sporting activities at school and in her community.
Upon her return from the tour, Romaine intends to commence a conjoint Law and Education degree at Victoria University, followed by a PhD. This will enable her to effect change around equity in indigenous education, an area of interest and passion.
"Being of Māori descent I bring with me a perspective and world view that many have not been privileged to have. The values that have been instilled in me have helped shape who I am today. Concepts of manaakitanga, whanaungatanga and tino rangatiratanga are what make me different, make me special and make me unique. I am immensely proud of who I am and where I come from. I acknowledge those who have gone before me and I know I stand on the shoulders of my tupuna and carry their legacy with me. This mindset adds a perspective to the way I approach situations and know that it can be a catalyst to new lines of discussion, communication and collaboration."
Romaine wants to represent New Zealand, Ngāti Kahungunu her iwi and her family on the world stage at the UN Youth Assembly in New York.