Neena Woodgate, 17, was chosen for the Aotearoa Māori Netball Secondary School team this year, the only kōtiro from Te Waipounamu. Within 10 days of being named in the squad, Neena was immersed in a two-day training camp in Auckland, and was then off to Adelaide for the Trans-Tasman Secondary Schools tournament.
Te Pura o te Rangi Parata was this year awarded with a Queen’s Service Medal for his services to Māori and the community. Pura began working in Māori Affairs at the age of 17 and has held roles with the Department of Māori Affairs, Iwi Transition Agency, Te Puni Kōkiri and the Māori Land Court. He is also a member of Ngāti Kāpō. He Tangata | TE KARAKA
Rereahu Hetet, 19, is a crewmember on the Polynesian sailing waka Haunui, which is captained by her uncle and sailing pioneer Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr (Tainui). In 2011, as part of Te Mana o te Moana fleet, Rereahu undertook an extraordinary voyage from Aotearoa to the Tuamotu Islands, Marquesas, Hawaii and to the west coast of the United States from San Francisco to San Diego.
Peter Huia Reriti (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mutunga, Wharekauri) is 47 years old. He is a director at +MAP Architects. He is the son of Peter Reriti and Aroha Reriti-Crofts, and his pōua and tāua are Edward Te Oreorehua Crofts and Metapere Ngawini Barrett.
Hayden Wilson is head coach at the Groundworx Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club in Christchurch, which he launched a year ago with his wife Angela. He began training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 10 years ago and currently holds the rank of brown belt. His brother Stacey, who lives in Perth, is one of eight New Zealanders to hold the rank of black belt.
John Hurihanganui has recently been appointed to the role of Te Pouārahi, Director Māori at Mana Rapuara – Careers New Zealand. Prior to joining Careers New Zealand, John was chief executive at Whaiora, a health and social services provider organisation. He has also worked in Director Māori roles at Whitireia Polytechnic and the New Zealand Correspondence School. John was born in Rotorua and still calls it home despite being raised mostly in Wellington.
Author Malcolm Mulholland (Ngāti Kahungunu) has a great passion for recording Māori history, which has seen him visiting and researching areas all around the country.
Hinemoana Baker is a writer, musician, producer and teacher of creative writing. He Tangata