|As a current trustee and secretary of the Hurunuiorangi Marae committee, she is “proud as punch” to be one of the occupants of Te Ara Takapau. In her later years, Nanny Frances has developed a keen interest to give back to her marae and continue to lay the foundation for marae development while educating her uri.
The pros for Nanny living at the papa kāinga, are being in close proximity to whānau, freely flowing dialogue about succession, planning and reconnecting through whakapapa to the whenua and the people who come to Hurunuiorangi. She says, the thing to be aware of when moving in to a new papa kāinga development, is that it doesn’t solve all our problems. There will be whānau that don’t directly benefit, and there will always be a high demand for affordable living and connected-ness back to our whenua and whakapapa, but it is a good start.
She speaks of the Future plans to build another five papa kāinga, re-plant the whenua to enable the uri to more easily live off of the whenua and a rebuild of the current complex, so that more uri can come together and reconnect with their whānau, hapū and iwi. She loves being around her whānau, and encourages all her uri whakatipu to return, and be active on our marae.