I am the eldest daughter of Waki Lewis of Kai Iwi Pa now known as Kauwhata Marae. Born in Kaikohe the birth place of my mother Winnie Henare who hails from Ngai Tawake ki te Waoku her mother's side and raised between both Raukawa and Ngapuhi. I enjoyed a happy childhood with cousins everywhere as thick as the sand on the beach. Real life of course was not just fun and play. No, after putting many miles behind me and experiencing one adventure after another always learning along the way, I met and married Hans from Salzburg in Austria and raised a family in Australia all of whom have added to my world being made a bigger and brighter place.