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Written by Lois Williams, Radio NZ National   
Friday, 23 October 2015
Lois Williams at Ngunguru

In the final segment of the series Te Reo o te Raki (The voices of the north) Lois Williams sits down for a chat with Kaumatua Paratene Te Manu (Sonny) Wellington who works tirelessly for his community. From his work as a Chaplain to organising the Kaumatua line dancing sessions, So what makes him tick? Lois finds out.

The quiet kaumatua of the Tutukaka Coast is a busy man. The first time I tried he was booked up several days ahead doing useful stuff like visiting old friends in hospital, attending the school concert; meetings and trimming a mate's trees. He's only 82, after all, he as happy to take charge of the clippers as his mate is apparently not up to it these days. In the end he tells me "Come along to the marae tomorrow - we'll be line-dancing. We can talk there". And so we did, leaving Sonny's wife Rose to ably lead the boot-scooting seniors.

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