E mihi ana ki te Atua, ko Ia te timatanga me te whakamutunga, e mihi ana! e mihi ana! Kia Ora e te whanau, Ko Whakatohea raua ko Te Arawa nga waka. Ko Ngati Pikiao raua ko Tuhourangi/Ngati wahio, ko Te Aitanga A mahaki, ko Ngati Whakaue nga hapu. Ko Mai I Maketu te moana, Ko Rotorua-nui-a-kahu-mata-mo-moe te roto, Ko Ngongataha te maunga, Ko Utahina te awa, Ko Tunohopu te marae, Ko Rukuwai te wharekai, Ko Te Koutu te whenua. E kaha ana ki te whakatauki: proverb: “Ahakoa! He iti! He pounamu! Although it seems small it is indeed a gift”. Ko Toni Anne Wiringi ahau, tokorua o nga tamariki, ko Riki Lee raua ko Shimon. I have a Diploma in early childhood education since 2009 and I am currently up-dating my teacher registration with Open Polytechnic. I am passionate and working in this sector and have always been inclined to taking care of our tamariki and at a young age. ECE is always evolving and keeping up to-date with current research and what’s happening is an important aspect to my teaching and learning. Te Ao Maori is core component to my teaching and learning as I believe that it provides tamariki with identity, belonging to the whenua and a deeper learning. I look forward to sharing your child’s stories. No reira e te whanau, ma te Atua tatou e manaaki, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa.