I am the eldest of twelve children. Our Dad was Kohi Kiel of Ngati Rongomaiwahine/Kahungunu me Waikato descent. He was born June 22 1918 at Kaiwaitau Opoutama Mahia and passed away August 2 1993 aged 75. In 1930 my Koro Ted Kiel brought his family and others from Wairoa through to Rotorua and under Ta Apirana Ngata's land development scheme opened up Horohoro, built Rongomaipapa Marae and settled on farms there. He married our Mum Dorinna Thompson from Ohinemutu in 1944 when he returned from overseas and I was born in December 1945.