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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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Tuhoe Real Estate

22 March 2017

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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Stevie Noe (Ngāi Tamatuhirae/Te Whakatāne) spent time as a young boy exploring the rich history and great outdoors of his backyard in Galatea,  cultivating a love for nature under the watchful gaze of Te Urewera. His other memories of Tūhoe extend to the stories told to him by his mum. Stories of life  in Waimana – where she was raised and how she had left the valley as a teenager. When Stevie was 13, he moved to the big smoke of Hamilton for High School, where his fondness for flora and fauna grew. This fondness developed into research, and now Stevie is close to submitting his Master's thesis to the University of Waikato.

“Science has always been my interest – not only because of the wonder of nature, but also because of the improvements we can achieve through understanding life, and developing scientific knowledge. I cannot imagine spending my days doing much else than working to gain understanding of how things function, and how we might better ourselves and the opportunities that are available to us.”

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As a successful recipient of this year’s Tuhoe education contributions, his research involves growing mānuka plants in glasshouses where he is able to manipulate environmental factors like temperature and sunlight levels. He is then able to measure the effects of these environmental factors on the mānuka nectar composition. Stevie says the research will yield important information that will benefit both science and the blooming mānuka honey market.

“The unique chemicals found in mānuka nectar determine the UMF value of mānuka honey, and hence it’s antimicrobial activity and potential health benefits, as well as the sale price. I am investigating how the levels of these important nectar components vary with flower age and environmental conditions.  There is large interest in the growing mānuka honey industry, where demand hugely outstrips supply, but there is not a lot of sound, evidence based advice for people to follow.”

UMF is a quality trademark and grading system. It identifies natural unadulterated manuka honey that has a unique natural property found only in some strains of manuka honey. The UMF grading system appraises natural markers found in Manuka honey, and assures purity and quality. Stevie explains that the research he is undertaking is intended to provide fundamental knowledge that is currently missing on how and why nectar production is so variable. The demand for mānuka honey is huge because native mānuka is unique for its antibiotic properties, commonly used for ronoa or medicinal purposes.  With predictions of major growth in the mānuka honey industry, Stevie expects production to shift from wild harvest to plantation farming.

Confident that his scientific research contribution will play an integral part in achieving sustainable Tūhoe economic growth, Stevie hypothesizes that his research will also contribute to filling fundamental knowledge gaps between himself and his whakapapa.

“I hope to become more involved and more a part of Tūhoe, improving in the ways I can contribute...I hope Tūhoe will continue to support its members like myself who live distant from Te Urewera, but who want to be involved and learn about their heritage, and re-build lost connections.”

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Stevie Noe (Ngāi Tamatuhirae/Te Whakatāne) spent time as a young boy exploring the rich history and great outdoors of his backyard in Galatea,  cultivating a love for nature under the watchful gaze of Te Urewera. His other memories of Tūhoe extend to the stories told to him by his mum. Stories of life  in Waimana – where she was...

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