Like many women of her generation, the daughters of these WWII soldiers, Vapi assumed many leadership roles. Through political activism, education, social policy and undying love for her iwi, Ngāti Porou, Vapi created a reputation for being a stalwart of the Māori renaissance. Throughout her life, she often spoke of fulfilling the ōhaki, and Te Rau promised to do it with her. Unfortunately, in 2013, she passed suddenly.
Te Rau is now on the journey to honour that promise, to go to Vapnyarka Ukraine. Joining him is his aunt, Kuini Moehau Reedy, considered as a sister to Vapi. She too wants to fulfil the ōhaki for her grandfather, Pakanui Nihoniho.
This is their powerful and inspiring story – an intricate braid of intergenerational love, honour and sacrifice that brings about the legacy that is carried in a name.