KO WAI AHAU?
Who Am I?
Ko Mōkau ki runga, ko Tamaki ki raro, ko Mangatoatoa ki waenganui, ko Pare Hauraki, ko Pare Waikato, ko te kaokaoroa Te Patatere.
Ko Pirongia rāua ko Karioi ngā maunga, ko Waitetuna rātou ko Waipa ko Waikato ngā awa, ko Te Kaharoa rātou ko Makomako, ko Waipapa ngā marae, ko Ngāti Māhanga rātou ko Ngāti Te Wehi, ko Ngāti Hikairo ngā iwi.
Ko Mohi Te Huia Kerei raua ko Merepaea Tauira ōku tūpuna ki te taha o tōku papa, ko Tonganui Pumipi rāua ko Ritihia Raumati ōku tūpuna ki te taha o tōku whaea. Ko Henare Kerei rāua ko Te Ruihi Pumipi ōku mātua. Tokowaru o rāua tamariki, ko te tuawhitu ahau ā, ko Anaru Kerei (Gray) tōku ingoa.
I am from Mōkau above and Tamaki below and Mangatoatoa in the middle, Pare Hauraki and Pare Waikato are our regions and the long armpit of Patatere.
Pirongia and Karioi are our mountain ranges, Waitetuna, Waipa and the Waikato are our waters, Te Kaharoa, Makomako and Waipapa are our villages, Ngāti Māhanga, Ngāti Te Wehi and Ngāti Hikairo are our tribes.
Mohi Te Huia Kerei and Merepaea Tauira are my grandparents on my dad’s side, Tonganui Pumipi and Ritihia Raumati are my grandparents on my mother’s side. Henare Kerei and Te Ruihi Pumipi are my parents. Out of their eight children, I am the seventh child and, my name is Anaru Kerei (Gray).
Anaru holds the following degrees; Masters of Social Work with honors from Massey University, Bachelor of Social Sciences from Waikato University and, Postgraduate Bicultural Professional Supervision from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.
He has fulfilled roles as; a trustee, manager, auditor mentor, competency assessor, tutor and supervisor. Most of those positions include cultural awareness at governance, corporate and service delivery levels. Services achieved with both Māori and non-Maori stakeholders at a regional, national and international level.
He currently has registrations to practice social worker both here in New Zealand and Australia. He holds memberships with the New Zealand Social Work Registration Board, No: 6022, and the Australian Association of Social Work, No: 467763.
He has been a volunteer as a co-chair and cultural adviser on the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Work, Waikato Ethnic Family Services Trust and, the Council of Social Work Education Aotearoa New Zealand.
He is commitment to his community and in 2018 secured contracts to provide clinical and cultural support with; the Kirikiriroa Family Service Trust, Family Works, Child Matters, Salvation Army and Waahi Whanui, Te Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust. In 2019 he has secured further contracts with; the Hamilton Abuse Intervention Program (HAIP), Parentline, Youth Horizons and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.