Shane Jones

(Ngāi Takoto, Te Aupōuri, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kahu)

"Horekau he tangihanga, horekau he uhunga".

Shane Jones, a renowned figure and orator of the North, recalls how his tupuna managed an awful epidemic before the Treaty of Waitangi that affected the Far North. One of the areas largely affected in the North was that of Motutangi. It affected the Māori population which resulted in an inordinate degree of mortality and death amongst the hau kāinga and people of that area.

The urutā (pandemic) that struck at that time culminated in high mortality. He goes on to explain that although we are dealing with a pandemic, medical technology and medical experience and medical know-how is a lot stronger than it was back at that period of time. 

Shane believes that in the history and traditions of our tupuna was a zest for life. As we pursue and celebrate life, we need to understand the beckoning and acknowledgement that we must do all we possibly can to look after ourselves. 

Matua Shane Jones shares his experience and stories from the past, to navigate Te Tai Tokerau towards a better and more prosperous future.