Ariana Silver

“As parents, we are really trying to promote the importance of having a solid education as a basis to set up your future.  Whai Rawa plays a role in this and we have been putting a little money into the girl's accounts each year.”

Ariana Silver, saver (Ngāti Waewae, Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki, Kāti Huirapa)

Ariana is the eldest, Amai and Aloeet are her younger sisters. She has lived most of her life in Australia, but if she had her way, “Te Waipounamu would be my choice of place to live. The rivers aren’t the same over here”.

Ariana’s father Murray also has an eye on the future. “We are only a ‘middle income’ family.  I work full time as a secondary school teacher and my wife, Michelle, works part time as an integrated aide at a primary school.  We are at the coal face and we know how important it is to succeed at school and have future learning options”. Murray added, “If any Ngāi Tahu ever asks me how to spend a spare $50 on their tamariki this year, I’d say put it into their Whai Rawa account.  We don’t have a lot of spare cash, but we have made saving into Whai Rawa a priority”.

Murray continues “As parents, we are really trying to promote the importance of having a solid education as a basis to set up your future.  Whai Rawa plays a role in this and we have been putting a little money into the girl’s accounts each year.”