Ko Haylee Koroi tōku ingoa.
He uri tēnei nō Tūmoana,
Nāna te waka o Tinana i whakatere
mai ki ngā whenua taurikura o Pukepoto
Ko Kokorimuka, ko Kokohuia, ko Taumatamahoe ngā maunga whakahī
Tahuri taku tirohanga ki te uru,
ki te moana tāpokapoka o Ahipara
ki ngā wai o Tāngonge, te pataka kai o ngā mātua tīpuna
Titiro whakararo ki te whare e tū nei,
ki Hohou te Rongo,
ki te wharekai o Ngāmotu,
ki te marae o Te Uri o Hina.
Ki reira whakakāngia tonu nga ahi o te wā kainga
e ēnei mokopuna o Tarutaru
e nga hapu o Te Uri o Hina, Te Tahāwai, o Ngāti te Ao.
Nō reira, mai Hukatere ki te raki,
mai te Oneroa a Tohe,
tae noa ki te Hokianga
Mai Maunga Taniwha
Ki te uru, ki Ōwhata, ki Whangape, ki Mitimiti
ko Te Rarawa Kaiwhare tēnei e mihi atu
Haylee is completing her final year of a conjoint bachelor’s degree in Science and Arts majoring in Maths and Māori studies at the University of Auckland.
Haylee has over five years experience working in rangatahi spaces in both formal and informal capacities. She is in her 4th year working with an organisation, Te Korowai Aroha o Aotearoa, to deliver and facilitate their National rangatahi wānanga, Mahuri Tōtara. She has been a member of Te Ohu Mana Rangatahi since its inception in 2013, a roopu rangatahi committed to empowering the voice of rangatahi in the Tāmaki region. She is also a long standing member of Ngā Tauira Māori o Tāmaki Makaurau at The University of Auckland, having sat as part of Te Ope whakahaere in 2015. Her passion is in encouraging whānau to be agents of change within their various communities; empowering communities to explore and be a part of creative solutions to local problems and in connecting and in turn amplifying the strength of widespread communities who share similar aspirations for their people.