Jay Ruka - Teacher, Student, Writer
Coffee of choice - coffee
Describe yourself in three words - Jefferson Paul Ruka
The huia, a bird adorned with mystery and beauty. A New Zealand icon, wiped from the earth. Jay Ruka, a man passionate about Aotearoa, its history and the church. The huia was written boldly into Jay's life the day his wife had a dream. Fast forward ten years and this narrative has come alive on paper, a book: Huia Come Home.
Huia Come Home, is "a call to rediscover indigenous expression of life found only in Aotearoa". The book brings together three streams that make the river of New Zealand's historical narrative, Māori worldview, Christian theology and New Zealand culture.
Beyond the book's pages, the core of his work is centred around the history of Christianity in New Zealand and the role it has played in shaping our society while intertwining it with the Treaty of Waitangi. To speak hope into the Treaty of Waitangi story and dialogue is Jays aim, "We have 175 years of a negative story - but I believe at the roots of the treaty offers a story of hope, where in a society in crisis and turmoil is deeply necessary".
Jay also spends much of his week travelling and speaking to different churches, schools and organisations about Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi). When he speaks in schools he encourages teachers to take ownership of the Treaty and New Zealand's tumultuous past. It's not about teaching the law of the Treaty but instead speaking to the heart. "Nothing changes without desire", he affirms. All teachers, leaders and principals must go on a personal journey and lead from the top, in order to change the heart and move forward as a one nation. Both law and grace must go hand in hand.
A 'week in the life' of Jay is very arrhythmic. Mondays and Tuesday's are spent learning Te Reo in Raglan. The rest 'is on Facebook' he jokes. The majority of his week is spent travelling to different churches, schools and organisations to speak about Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi) and he also dabbles in podcasts and music projects. Of course, Jay is also an author - get a hold of his book, you will not be disappointed.
Book - Huia Come Home
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/huiacomehome