Ko Te Atua o Taiehu te mauka

Ko Ōtākou te tai

Ko Uruao te waka

Ko Ōtākou te marae

Ko Kāi Te Pahi, ko Kāti Ruahikihiki kā hapū

Ko Kāi Tahu te iwi

He uri hoki ahau nō Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Mutunga me Ngāti Tama.

I ruka i kā tai o mihi, nāia te owha ki a tātou.

Jeanine Tamati-Elliffe is a busy māmā raising five tamariki aged 2, 6, 8, 12 and 14.  She has raised her tamariki with te reo Māori as the primary language spoken in their home and credits this (and her children) as her greatest achievement in life yet.

She is both a founding and current committee member for Māori 4 Kids Inc, an organisation that is committed to support and encourage more whānau to use more reo, more often with their tamariki and whānau in the home and community.  Jeanine is also an active community and whānau member participating on the Management Committee for her childrens’ school (Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Kōtuku in Rānui, West Auckland) and the Waitākere Outrigger Canoe Club (waka ama) Juniors Committee.

As an extension to this community work she runs her own consultancy business providing services in the areas of tobacco control, child and maternal health, language planning, strategy development, contract management and iwi development.  Additionally, she is currently working as a Regional Advisor for Whakawhetū, The University of Auckland’s national kaupapa Māori programme dedicated to reducing and preventing the rate of Sudden Unexpected Death of Infants (SUDI) Prevention for Māori.