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MITCHELL RITAI Charles Bailey scholar returns to Waitara

Continuing with our profiles on Charles Bailey Scholars, Whenua caught up with Mitchell Ritai the latest recipient of the 2014 award during a visit to Owae Marae where four generations of Ritai whānau had gathered. A new mokopuna and a new scholarship have made 2014 a milestone year for Mitchell Ritai. Having been a young father himself

he knows his son Taimus and partner Linda will benefit from the large extended family that surrounds them. Mitchell and wife Ali have been benefactors of that same support and credit that for what they have achieved to date with their family of five children. “We met each other in Australia through kapa haka ”, says Mitchell. “My parents had moved there

when we were young as dad (Alex) followed his brothers there to go into the building trade and Ali was there for work as well.” The desire to return from Australia to live in New Zealand was nurtured by Mitchell’s parents Alex and Pam Ritai who always promoted the importance of their own Taranaki roots. They made sure sending Mitchell and his brothers Alex Jr and ĀWHINA | 23

WHENUA Issue 11  

Whenua magazine issue 11 - Featuring At Home with Hinerangi Raumati, PKW Chairperson. Whenua also takes a look at a Charles Bailey Scholar,...

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