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Jo Tuhoro (Hamua) grew up in a 2 bedroom whare built by her Koro Charlie. Nurtured by her nanny and koro, and surrounded by her many aunties, uncles and cousins, Jo remembers how Tūhoe values and beliefs were instilled in her from a young age.
 
“Our grandparents taught us that family should always be your focal point and it is here in this home that I learnt about Tūhoetana.”
 
Now married with three tamariki, she instills values of whānaungatanga into her own family.
 
“My family’s holistic wellbeing comes first, and as a Wife & Mother, my role is and will always be to support, love, teach and encourage those around me.  At times it is a challenging role, but one that will continue to help me grow with my Whanau.”
 
Grit and whānau are also the core values that influence her mahi.
 
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“The same concepts apply with my mahi by putting people’s wellbeing first and truly understanding what it is that they need, and how I can help them achieve that…it is one of the most rewarding and priceless roles that I could have. Investing into the future of our tamariki and our community is what drives me.” 
 
Just over two years ago, Jo began studying real estate and took a position as a receptionist for Real Deal Real Estate in Whakatane. With a lot of determination and the support of her whānau, Jo was able to fulfil her ambition of becoming a licensed Real Estate agent. 
 
 “My first house that I sold was in a rural town and at the time the dwelling would require a large amount of renovation. Coming from 11 years in the healthcare industry, and having never been in sales before, selling this dwelling was not only a confidence booster but also gave me a sense of achievement and excitement all at once”.
 
Jo says she is keen to contribute back to her iwi by providing sales support and guidance to those who are looking to sell or purchase property. She says she enjoys meeting people from all walks of life, learning what is important for them and their whānau, and helping them to achieve their goals.
 
“Know what you want in a home, the features, the size, the location. Take your time, look around and don’t rush into buying or selling any property. Talk to a financial advisor or your Financial Institution to find out how much you could borrow. Check all options available to you and ask the necessary questions. If you feel you need to ask the question, ask it!”
 
Jo also looks forward to the future of real estate in Tūhoe - Te Urewera.
 
“I believe that with the correct policies, procedures, initiatives and support mechanisms in place, the future of real estate in Tūhoe Te Urewera would not only be promising, but successful. By implementing these initiatives, Tūhoe will be able to preserve, maintain the land and build sustainable living for future generations whether it be on Whanau land or through the concept of Papakainga. It would be amazing to see an increase in development of homes for whanau by whanau to reinvigorate our Rohe and get back to our grassroots.”
 
Jo describes her own dream home as a sustainable, eco-friendly dwelling on a medium sized block of land. 
 
“A house is a building with walls, but a home is made when it is filled with love and whānau.”
 
If you are looking to sell or purchase property call in and see Jo at Real Deal Real Estate, 44 Domain Road, Whakatane.
 
 
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Jo Tuhoro (Hamua) grew up in a 2 bedroom whare built by her Koro Charlie. Nurtured by her nanny and koro, and surrounded by her many aunties, uncles and cousins, Jo remembers how Tūhoe values and beliefs were instilled in her from a young age.   “Our grandparents taught us that family should always be your focal point and it...

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In the ambrosial hours between dusk and dawn, Hinepukohurani - the sky mist woman and her sister Hinewai – the maiden of light rain, descend into the realm of Tane-ma-huta. Drawn to the rhythmic vibrations coming from the lake, Hinepukohurani and Hinewai drift out through the ngahere. The two sisters recognize the sound as the ancient chanting of karakia. Their descendants are standing in front of a new whare, invoking the presence of their ancestral spirits to bless the new house, Te Whare Hou. 
 
Light rain becomes heavier as the mist envelopes the wharehou, becoming thick and wet, the tempest is felt by all. The doors of the whare open to shelter men and women from the temptations of Hinepukohurangi. 
 
In the ngahere, the people of the land begin preparing a feast to celebrate the occasion. The salty smell of bacon sizzles on the bbq. Fresh field mushrooms bubble away in melted butter, and toasty buns are put on to the tables. The heavy rain ceases and two women enter the kai tent. 
 
“Morena Rangi.  Morena Wai.  You are just in time!  All the manuhiri should be here soon” said the woman behind the coffee and tea station.
 
“All good cuzzy! We will slot ourselves in right here.  Heaven knows those manuhiri will need a good cuppa tea after that helluva storm out there” says Rangi winking at Wai. 
 
The visitors start moving into the kai tent, heaping their plates with the piping-hot kai. The kuia and kaumatua sit at the back of the tent, artfully avoiding the drops of rain coming in through the side of the tent. Young tamariki scramble over one another to get the best seats.  Three architects huddle near the entrance, two Germans observe the commotion and 1 journalist makes his way to the coffee and tea station.  All of them feeling a sense of occasion at this kaupapa that has brought them together.
 
“Morena, I was just wondering if I could get a few words from you about this mornings’ event? Just a few questions for a story we’re working on about your wharehou?” asks the journalist to Rangi and Wai. 
 
Rangi looked at Wai for a long second. Wai elbows her in the ribs.
 
“Ae, of course we will. Where are you from? Auckland?”
 
“My nanny was bought up here just down the road. Do you live here?” asked the journalist.
 
“Well we are sisters. Our mother she’s from here. But we don’t live here. We’ve been coming here since we were young, and we come as often as we can. It is good to finally come back for a happy occasion” said Rangi.
 
“How’s your early morning going so far?” asked the journalist. 
 
“Well it started off with a bit of rain” laughed Wai.
 
 “…but we’ve been busy getting everything prepared with all our other cousins and relations. It’s been a busy morning. But, in spite of the rain, everybody’s happy” interrupted Rangi. 
 
 “It is actually because of the rain, everybody’s happy!” exclaimed Wai
 
“What do you think of the new Te Wharehou o Waikaremoana?” asked the journalist
 
“Well I’ve been passed it, but I haven’t been in it yet” said Wai.
 
“...we haven’t been in it yet because we’ve been over here cooking. But once it settles down, we’ll have a proper look in it. But otherwise we have to cook the kai” interrupted Rangi again.
 
“So how did you get coffee duties?”
 
“We just sorta jumped in and did it, that’s how it works you know. Just slot yourself in” said Rangi.
 
“Can you see yourself moving back to Waikaremoana?”
 
Both the sisters laughed out loud. 
 
“We decided we are gunna come back more more often now. 2017 is going to be a good year for us. There is a lot of work” said Wai
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“It’s a good time for this generation. Our ranatahi are getting jobs now which is really good. They can actually stay and live in Waikaremoana now.” winked Rangi. 
 
With sleepy eyes and a renewed sense of peace, the sisters encourage the journalist to slot himself in behind the tea and coffee station. Obliging, he swaps places with them, and begins to pour tea for his two German friends. Just before the break of dawn Rangi and Wai sneak out of the tent. 
 
The rain eases and the mist begins to drift skyward. Somewhere over the lake a bird cries out, its echoes heard far and wide. As the world of light reappears, Hinewai calls a warning out to her celestial sister Hinepukohurangi.
 
The bird of peace takes flight.
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In the ambrosial hours between dusk and dawn, Hinepukohurani - the sky mist woman and her sister Hinewai – the maiden of light rain, descend into the realm of Tane-ma-huta. Drawn to the rhythmic vibrations coming from the lake, Hinepukohurani and Hinewai drift out through the ngahere. The two sisters recognize the sound as the ancient...

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