//065 Loretta Lanauze, Rēkohu Moriori living on Chatham Islands

April 20, 2021

Loretta Lanauze (Imi Moriori, Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāi Tahu) calls Rēkohu Chatham Islands her home. She lived there with her whānau until, like most teenagers on the island, she had to move to the mainland for her high school education. While many leave the island for schooling, few return to live permanently. 

Loretta however is one wāhine who has come back to Rēkohu where she is raising her beautiful daughter, looking after the whānau homestead and whenua, working as a chef, training to become a fire woman and recently, becoming a member of the local LANDSAR, land search and rescue volunteer organisation. 

In this episode we talk about her island life and upbringing, we discover more about her moriori whakapapa and the mahi her whānau is doing to reclaim their reo and tikanga and, she tells us all about her dreams to one day write her own cookbook. 

Only discovering who I was, where my bloodlines lay at adulthood, made me realise how important it is that we have the opportunity for education, the opportunity to better ourselves.

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