Ko Hikurangi raua ko Makio oku maunga. Ko Waiapu raua ko Waiawa oku awa. Ko Mangahanea raua ko Opape oku marae. Ko Horouta raua ko Mataatua oku waka. Ko Ngati Porou raua ko Whakatohea oku iwi. Ko Taka Mackey raua ko Trish Mackey oku matua. Ko Ihipera Mackey ahau.
How old are you and what school do you go to?
I am 16 years old and attend Lytton High.
Can you tell us about some of your biggest education/sporting achievements that you are most proud of?
I have recently participated in the IFMA Muaythai Worlds which is my biggest achieve to date. I also received sports woman at Lytton High School in 2013, I am the top NZ Junior under 65kg Muaythai fighter and I am a representative in the NZ Kiorahi Secondary School Team. This year I was awarded Sports Woman of the year at my highschool, it was an honour that my two older sisters Melissa and Maiangi won when they were students at Lytton.
What did you do to accomplish those achievements?
I started with small achievable goals to boost my self-esteem, then once I had achieved those I started aiming for things that were out of reach I had to really focus to achieve. My accomplishments to date are a start to bigger things that I am willing to train hard and commit to. With great support and the right mind set you can accomplish anything you want.
Describe how you and your whanau felt when you were acknowledged for your achievements?
The acknowledgement I received from friends and family were really positive and I was greatful for that. I did not receive any local acknowledgement through Sports Awards for my achievements but will be aiming to gain Junior Sports Women when I return from the World Champs held in Thailand in 2015.
What did you get up to during your last school holidays?
Throughout the past two weeks I was focused on training hard for my fight that has just recently happened.
Do you have any advice for our 'Rangatahi Nati' out there to help them achieve their dreams?
Stay focused on your goal, stay positive, and never give up. Once a quitter always a quitter.