By Te Karere

 

At the 75th Golden Globe Awards, the award for Best Original Song In A Motion Picture went to The Greatest Showman for the song, This Is Me, sung by Keala Settle of Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Raukawa and Rangitāne o Wairau.

 

According to her aunt Lorraine Minnell, her family are very proud but isn’t surprised by her success.

Settle beat out the likes of Mariah Carey, Mary J Blige and Minnell says she gets it from her mum and says, “Her mother had a lot to do with it. She stood behind her and pushed her- she would be so happy.”

 

Minnell lives in Hokio Beach, and she says that although settle was raised in The US, Hokio Beach was where she considered home when she was back, “She does have a huge family, especially in Levin. Her tribes are Rangitane, Raukawa, Kahungunu and Ngāi Tahu.”

 

The whole family is so proud of Settle's achievements and they know it's just the beginning.

 

Ruatara works from Merge Cafe on K Road; it’s a place for those who need help to get the help they need.

 

Manu, the Merge Café owner adds, “She’s been there, and she's been on the streets for so long that she knows the very first thing and that is how to connect with the homeless community.”

 

Although her work is being recognised by those around her, she says the rewarding thing for her is that she is making a difference in what has become a very big issue.

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