Esther Jordan Muriwai
Esther – Jordan Muriwai, (Dip MM BMM, TWOR) born 7th April 1990 at kaikohe, Northland. The third child of five siblings, attended both mainstream & total immersion education streams including the following: Kohanga reo, Whare kura, Te Wananga o Raukawa alongside Whangarei Intermediate, Girls High & Pompallier College, Whangarei. Esther was always an enquiring as a child, wanting to know about the world and all its complexities. As a family this was recognised at an early age and all pondered where her life would lead too. Esther loved interaction with family, adults and conversations that increased knowledge science, history, fashion and especially Maori world views. Te reo rangatira and hapu development were close subjects to her heart – Very passionate.
At form 1 and after 10years in total emersion she returned into mainstream(at her request) as she felt confident in her “Maoritanga” and it was time to explore mainstream curriculum. She was adamant that she could integrate well and it would enhance her critical thinking and open herself to the world as she wanted to go to university/Wananga as one of her future goals.
At the age of thirteen she commenced studies with Te Wananga o Raukawa completing her Diploma in Matauranga maori, the following year applied for her degree studies and successfully gained her award and graduated. Esther also enlisted to the University of Waikato to study law, although due to her health withdrew, she gained great self enrichment and experience – A wonderful journey.
The following years filled with challenges indeed but also enlightenment and a flame of determination to now set her inner being on a pathway of discovery – Beauty with a purpose. The consecutive years were driven by her passion to support and create a place for Bronchiectasis Sufferer’s and their families, regardless of creed, colour rich or poor(children, teenagers, adults or the elderly) are all covered under the banner of family.
The pageants, Disability forums, public speaking prospects and awards all her strategic and Political move to bring the Bronchiectasis journey to the world.
We leave you with this poem “Little Girl, Brown eyes like Mine’
A tribute to her life’s work, challenges and realising one’s potential – Just Believe
E Te Ariki, hoatu ki a ia te okiokingatanga
(Eternal rest, grant to her)
Kia whiti ki a aia, te maramatanga mutunga kore
(May perpetual light, shine upon her)
Rest in peace
Tuhia ki te rangi,
Tuhia ki te whenua,
Tuhia ki te ngākau o ngā tangata katoa
Ko te mea nui o te ao, ko te Aroha.
Tēnei rā te mihi maioha ki te Kaihanga, te pūtaketanga o ngā mea katoa.
Ki a mātotoru te tōmairangi o tōna Atawhai ki runga ki a tātou katoa. Kia hora rā tōna marino ki runga i te mata o te whenua, kia whakapapa pounamu te moana wairua, kia tere te karohirohi, te koroi-rangi e whakaata nei i te Ao kei tua.
Ki ō tātou tini mate, kia Maranga Wairua mai ki te ārahi i ō koutou uri e noho nei. Uhia mai te Wairua o te mōhio, takoto mai te mana o te mātauranga kia eke mātou ki ngā taumata teitei, ki runga i te huarahi o te tika, o te pono me te aroha.
Ngā manaakitanga o te Atua ki runga i a tātou katoa, mā tōnā korowai aroha e whakaruruhou i a tātou, pai marire!
Ko Whakarongorua Te Maunga
Ko Mokonuiarangi Te Whare Hui
Ko Korokota me Meheke nga Urupa
Ko Titirangi Te Maunga
Ko Hinemaurea Te Whare Hui
Ko Manukotutahi Te Urupa
Ko Te Reinga Te Maunga
Ko Waimirirangi Te Whare Hui
Ko Pureirei Te Urupa
Ko Te Reinga Te Tangata
Ko Ngai Takoto, Te Rarawa, Ngapuhi, Ngati Whatua me Ngati Porou ona Iwi
Ko Ngati Hine, Ngati Torehina, Ngati Hineira, Te Uri Taniwha, Te Uri o Hua. Ngati Kahukuranui ona Hapu.