Ehara tāku toa, he takitahi, he toa takitini. Tēnā Koutou, e te whānau, ko Jemma Hart tōku ingoa and I am extremley honoured and privlidged to have been appointed the Rangatiratanga Prefect for Marlborough Girls' ,College rua mano tekau ma whitu.
Kei te tino manahau ahau, I am very excited about the upcoming year ahead and am looking forward to the amazing things we as a whānau, we as a student body and we as individuals can achieve by working together. Being given this leadership role at only Year 12 it is my hope that I can be a role model and example to girls that leadership has no limits or restrictions, whether that be age, looks or gender. As a Māori leader it is my hope that I can inspire the Māori students of Marlborough Girl’s College to see their unlimited potential when they positively apply themselves, and lead by example to break stereotypes, statistics, labels and limiting beliefs through mana, perseverance and determination.
All our tūpuna took the risk to take a voyage into the unknown and on this voyage undoubtedly came a lot of self discovery, and traits such as bravery, independence and strength that we at Marlborough Girls College recognise with our theme of Mana Wahine. My main focus is on helping our Māori students to take their voyage into self discovery, of self love and revitalization of the beautiful language, Te Reo Māori, through regular hui and providing opportunities of leadership to girls who may have been too whakamā to join leadership committees. I believe that it is not only important to recognise the hard work and value of ourselves, but also those of the people around us. I hope that our Māori students will excel at learning to love each other and support each other to break a divide or mold that others may place them in.
Lastly, I want to finish with a whakatauki that is my motivation and daily reminder of never giving up. It is my hope that this whakatauki will be the motivation for us to achieve this years goals and conquer any challenges that they may come with. ‘Whaia te iti kahurangi ki te tuohu koe me he maunga tei tei. This whakatauki is about aiming high for what is truly valuable, but it's real message is to be persistent and don't let obstacles stop you from reaching your goal.
Gemma Hart, Māori Prefect 2017