"E rere Kau mai te awam mai nui i te kahui maunga Ki Tangaroa
Ko au te awa Ko te awa Ko au"
"Ko Aotea te waka
Ko Ruapehu te Maunga
Ko Mangawhero te awa
Ko Atihau-nui-a-paparangi te iwi
Ko Uenuku te hau
Ko Tamakana Ki Tamahaki te tangata
Ko Te Puke te marrae
Ko te Whakaarotahi Ke te Whakaponote whare tupuna
Ko Raetihi Community Hall te whare kai
Tihei Mauri Ora
My name is Thomas Treanor (Tommy).
My birth parents are Wati Tira and Bessina Kopahi Sutherland.
I was fostered by Rangipuhi Te Hore and Tingi Elizabeth Plumridge.
There are 11 brothers and sisters in the Treanor whanau and 11 whangai'd.
I lived at Paranui on the Whanganui River where the only access was by jetboat otherwise it was a 3 days walk through the Mangatiti Track to Ruatiti to get there.
I have 6 children and of those, 2 were whangai'd by my sister and brother-inlaw.
I also have 13 mokos and 11 mokomokos.
I have worked hard all my life farming and have now retired.
I still love fishing and was once a hunter and and also dived for Kaimoana.
I have been a board member with Te Puke Karanga Hauora for approx 2 years and am still learning a great number of things.