My name is Cristal Kemp and I am the daughter of Tahu Raymond Akarana, also known as Tuk. I have 5 children and live in Gisborne NZ. Finding this website and seeing my dads name is so emotional, happy, sad, all rolled in one.
My dad is in heaven now and I know he still looks after me. He was a very proud maori solider, and even though he didnt talk about what happened their, he use to tell me in other ways. Like, "eat all your kai my baby, there are some kids with none". I still can hear him saying that. He was a fussy man, socks to be folded a certain way, and he taught me how to iron his clothes, probably thats why I hate ironing now lol. Everything had a place, and everything in its place. The cuzzies used to be scared of uncle tuk lol, because he used to have that stern voice on all the time, oh except when he was drunk he was the life and clown of the party. I remember rubbing my dads feet they were so badly dry and flakey, he told me it was because he had to keep his boots on for 2 weeks straight while he was in vietnam.
I wish I could still rub your feet my dad. Always in my heart, love & miss u foreva ......