Ezra Robert Graham Hōri makes his debut on Horiwood.Com today.
He is pictured here with his mum, Crystal Rachel.
He is a miracle baby, lucky to be alive. This is my grand-nephew’s own story – he will tell himself one day.
His name dates back to 5th Century B.C to a scribe, poet, leader whose name means “helper” in a time where New Zealand is being rebuilt. Ezra’s namesake and kinsman, Robert Graham was the first Superintendent and a Magistrate of Auckland City. He was the first person to promote Auckland and Coromandel tourism to the world on a regular basis. As a model Kiwi citizen of early times, Robert Graham was trilingual and spoke English, Celtic and Te Reo Rangatira (the Maori language) fluently.
Ezra shares the same kinsman of Sir Douglas Graham, Kennedy Graham and families. Sir Douglas is an instrumental figure in New Zealand’s ongoing history, ensuring retribution and justice for Maori people under The Treaty of Waitangi’s settlement process. The ToW is the agreement that Queen Victoria signed with Maori Chiefs when the UK was included into the Aotearoa New Zealand family of nations. Years later Maori would marry into the royal family of Britain too.
Ezra is also named after his great grand-dad Graham – a man of faith, who is a legend in his own right. His father is John.
Aw! I love him. He is a beautiful child. His spirit is so strong yet peaceful. He is of Ngapuhi and Ngati Whatua descent – two Maori tribes. As a babe, this little guy is old New Zealand. At the same age, he resembles his cousin Jordan.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Asia-Pacific. 20.4.11