Rose Pere:

Born to push against the current

Dr Rangimārie Te Turuki Arikirangi Rose Pere: educator, conservationist; b July 25, 1937; d December 13, 2020

When Rose Pere was born in the remote Eastern Bay of Plenty settlement of Ruatāhuna, her mother was told that she would be a boy.

But Pere’s birth on July 25, 1937, surprised them all, and her mother was taken down to the river where a tohuna tossed a branch into the water. Instead of going downstream, the branch pushed up against the current.

That's how Rose Pere would be in this world – she’d stand up against the odds.

Link to article: Rose Pere: Born to push against the current | Stuff.co.nz


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