Rosemary Rangitauira

Nudged by Te Ao Māori to explore science - Mātau Taiao

Dec 16, 2020

Stories of the afterlife and the impact of colonisation on Ngāi Maori nudged Sylvia Tapuke on a path of exploring kaupapa Māori research and western science.  She hails from Ngāi Tūhoe, Hineuru, Ngāti Manawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Raukawa ki te Tonga, Te Arawa and Te Whakatōhea. Talking to Sylvia makes you feel at home in her company and embraced by the humble essence of her lineage. She laughs as she reminisces about being called a whakaputa mōhio, a know-it-all when she was younger because she was inquisitive about the environment she grew up in. “I have always been curious and interested in the world, about why things happen and how they come to be,” says Sylvia. In more recent years, she has become fascinated by how her ancestors viewed the world and why they did things the way they did. Currently … Read More

Drawn from a young age to biology and science - Mātau Taiao

Dec 16, 2020

The allure of the white lab coat and inventing new treatments for people’s health inspired Dr Kimiora Henare of Te Aupōuri and Te Rarawa to become a cancer biologist and biomedical scientist. Kimiora resides in Tāmaki Makaurau – working at the University of Auckland as a research fellow in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. His love of science and the human body started young while growing up in Te Whanganui-a-Tara. “As a child, I read kid-friendly human biology books from the library. I think Mum thought I would become a medical doctor.” Kimiora, who has tribal connections to Whangape in Northland, says he was always fascinated by science and biology at school and eventually drawn to focus on cancer. “One of my favourite kaiwhakaako (lecturers) who inspired me is, Dr … Read More

Reconnecting with taha Māori on the shores of Lake Taupō - Unsorted

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