Rosemary Rangitauira

Reconnecting with taha Māori on the shores of Lake Taupō - Mātau Taiao

Nov 19, 2020

In one day with her kaumatua (elder) on the southern shores of Lake Taupō, Yvonne Taura (Ngāiterangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Hauā, Ngāti Uenuku, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) found her future career ambition was to raise awareness in restoring New Zealand’s wetlands back to health.  In 2002 and in the middle of an identity crisis, Yvonne Taura returned home to Aotearoa from Australia. She sought refuge at Pākā (Hallets Bay – Tūrangi) with her whāngai parents; her namesake and Aunt, Yvonne, and Uncle Te Rangituamatatoru Tamaira (Ngā Runuku).   Now a kairangahau Māori (Māori researcher) at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research in Hamilton, Yvonne says when she came home to Aotearoa she was sent to her koroua (elder), Rakato Te Rangiita of Ngāti Ranuku who lived on the southern side of … Read More

Enhancing the lives of tāngata whenua - Mātau Taiao

Nov 19, 2020

Fiona Wiremu (Ngāi Tūhoe | Ngāti Ranginui) is driven to do all she can to enhance the lives of tāngata whenua and that’s evident in the multiple research areas she covers. These include mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) such as te reo Māori, culture and identity, Whai Rawa (Māori Economies), Te Taiao (Natural Environment), Mauri Ora (Human Flourishing and Wellbeing) and Māori community self-development initiatives. “I love my whānau and it’s because of them I do what I do. I want them to be well and to exercise equal rights like other New Zealanders, and for those same values to be experienced by all Māori.” Fiona is an executive director at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi where she teaches Indigenous Business and is the chair of two kaupapa Māori hauora / health entities; Te Puna Ora o Mataatua and Med Central … Read More