MCom(Hons) | BA | Dip Māori Art | Cert Art & Creativity
Ko Te Aroha te maunga
Aroha ki uta, Aroha ki tai
Ko Waihou te awa
Ko Tikapa te moana
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Hauraki te whenua
Ko Ngāti Rāhiri Tumutumu te iwi
Ko Tumutumu te marae
Ko Tama-a-Ariki te whare tupuna
Ko Te Puna o te Ora te whare kai
No Te Aroha ahau
No te whānau Paenganui raua ko Pepene ahau
I grew up in the rural farming community of Te Aroha, nestled beneath the majestic beauty of our sacred maunga, Te Aroha. On my Father's side I am of Ukrainian, Canadian, Austrian descent. On my Mother's side I am of Māori descent. I was raised in a Māori community.
My maternal great grandfather, Edward Terekia Paenganui Abraham was of Ngāti Whatua, from Reweti and Otamatea. My maternal great great grandfather, Aihe Pepene, was of Ngāti Haua and Ngāti Rāhiri Tumutumu descent. My grandfather, Matiu Taupaki, was of Ngāti Hako, from Tirohia. My great grandfather was Te Mamaru Taupaki, a descendant of the Taupaki whānau from Ahipara. His wife, my great grandmother, was a Kahui from Ngāti Maniapoto.
Over the past 30 years I have developed a solid foundation of knowledge, skills, abilities and experience that enable me to operate as a highly competent and professional businesswoman. My ethical framework is social responsibility. I believe each of us has an obligation to act for the benefit of society at large - it is our duty as individuals to contribute to the wellbeing of our community.
My social responsibility lies within the justice sector. My duty is to work with offenders to gather and report information about their personal, family, whānau, community and cultural background for better sentencing outcomes and social impact.
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