It is traditional for Maori to locate themselves according to their tribal lineage, environmental context (mountain and river), and family grouping. Here is my mihimihi…
Ko Ihu Karaiti tama Atua te Arikinui
Ko Takitimu te waka
Ko Tamatea te rangatira
Ko Tuhirangi te maunga
Ko Ruamahanga te awa
Ko Ruamahanga te awa o iriiriranga
Ko Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa te iwi
Ko Ngati Rakaiwhakaihi te hapu
Ko Kohunui ano Papawai te marae
Ko te tupuna tane Aperhama Kuhukuhu Tui Matenga,
ano Ko Kaki Tui Matenga tupuna.
Ko Taari May Matenga te koro
Ko Barrie James Matenga te matua.
Ko Jay Matenga Wood ahau.
Tena koutou, Tena koutou, Tena tatou katoa
My early years were spent in the impoverished welfare-supported urban community of Cannon’s Creek, Porirua East, Wellington, New Zealand. I then moved with my mother and step-family to the small rural town of Martinborough, South Wairarapa, New Zealand. It was there that I put down roots. 40 years later I was to discover that my ancestors bones lay there too. This was my turangawaewae, my standing place, the earth to which I belonged. At the age of 16 I was baptised in my tribal river, a significance that resonance strongly with me in the second half of my life.
I left the ‘mainstream’ workforce with my wife in 1991 to pursue God’s call on our lives and invest them in missions service. Since 1990 I have been a student/practitioner of the ministry of Mission Mobilisation (Mobilization for my USAmerican friends) which was popularized by the late Dr Ralph Winter in the late 70’s and throughout the 80s. Between Sept. 2000 and Nov. 2015 I was the New Zealand Director of Pioneers, a mission organisation specializing in facilitating Christians to serve cross-cultural where the Church is least represented. From Nov 2015 I carry the responsibilities of Executive Officer of Missions Interlink NZ, the association of missions in Aotearoa | New Zealand.
In my spare time I lead the mobilisation track of the World Evangelical Alliance Missions Commission and I am completing a Doctorate of Intercultural Studies at Fuller School of Graduate Studies.
Finally, I’ve been married to the same girl since 1990 and she has endured a lot as we’ve journeyed together. She makes me a better person and continues to challenge me to pursue The Way.
For God’s glory everywhere always,