Hana Tuwhare, Community Activator

Ko Putahi tōku maunga, Ko Wairoro tōku awa, Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua tōku waka, Ko Kohewhata tōku marae, Ko Te Uri o Hua, Ngati Korokoro, Ngati Tautahi, Te Popoto ōku hapū. Ko Ngāpuhi tōku iwi.

Hana trained as a Speech & Language Therapist and explored the role of whanaungatanga in her honours research at Massey University. As a second language learner and speaker of te reo Māori, she is passionate about combining her skills to support the revitalisation of te reo from the beginning of life by creating rich language environments. She believes te reo Māori me ōna tikanga are key in creating meaningful community led action that affirms the positive identity of whānau, hapū and iwi.

“I have an active focus on decolonising and recentering mātauranga Māori. This has included changing up the people and places I source knowledge from to inform my practice as well as how I live my life as an urban Māori reclaiming the reo, tikanga and mātauranga of my tupuna.”

 

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