Kellie Jessup

Updated: Apr 7


Karanga ra Karanga ra Whakatau mai ra!!!!!

Raurangatira ma... Nga Pakeke i whangai matou ki te Reo Rangatira a Tatau mate kua wheturangitia te arai... Haere Haere moe mai ra...

Nga Rangatira mo Apōpō....

Mihi kau ana....


Ko Takitimu te waka

Ko Ngati Kahungunu te iwi

Ko Kahuranaki te maunga

Ko Ngaruroro me TukiTuki ngā awa

Ko Kahuranaki me Mihiroa ngā Marae

Ko Ngai Rangikoianake me Ngāti Mihiroa ngā hapu

Ko Te Hapuku me PukePuke Tangiora he Tangata

Ko Hori Tupaea Bartlett rāua ko Kereni Mohi aku matua

Ko Clifford Miles rāua ko Kay Drinkwater aku matua whangai

Ko Larry Jessup taku Hoa Rangatira...

no Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa ia....

Ko Kellie Miles ahau...

Tokowha a maua Tamariki

Ko Crystal ratou ma a Charlene, Larry, Piripi...

Tekau ma rima ngā mokopuna...


Who am I to wear Moko kauae?

I am a proud Māori Wahine toa…

Wearing my Whakapapa on behalf of my Tipuna & Whānau...

My Beautiful Mother Kereni Bartlett asked me to receive the Moko Kauae 12 years ago when I was 50.... Moko Kauae was not in my mindset then.... I said to my Mum you should get one... she replied it's not Me...pulling me close to her & said when you’re ready, get it... I want you to...


I had the colonised imposed doubts....rattling my cage...

Not being worthy...

Haven't earned it....

Who am I to wear Moko Kauae?

I loved wearing stencil Moko Kauae... but is this my time?





After doing my own Rangahau into Moko Kauae...I asked my hoa Rangatira What were his thoughts...

He said You've always had a Moko Kauae on the inside… It's up to you to let it out....my Darling...

I was blown away... He made me tangi....

I was asked by my cousin to receive my Moko Kauae with 5 of my beautiful cousins on 18th November 2017 @ Kahuranaki Whare Tipuna...

What a Wairua filled day that was...

Ngā Mihi rangatira ki taku Tohunga Whanaunga a Derek Lardelli e mau tenei Taonga...ki ahau...

I'm the 4th generation from my Tipuna Kui PukePuke Tangiora

to receive my Moko Kauae...



My only regret is ....

I should have got it years before...

Toku Whakaaro

Ko au taku Moko Kauae...

Ko Moko Kauae ko Au...

Tihei Hinewairua...



Kellie Jessup | Kaitā: Derek Lardelli

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