Tēnā rā tātou katoa! We are the Māori and Pasifika 2019-2020 interns. We represent the Tupu Tai internship programme, Te Reo Māori interns and Waikato Waipā River Iwi interns. We are grateful for the opportunity to work for Manatū Mō Te Taiao and are excited to add to our kete mātauranga.
Although we have only been part of the team for a short time, we are all very keen and excited to see what the next three months will bring.
Photo caption: Back row left to right: Gemma Guiney, Rangipurei Manley, Te Mapihi Tutua-Nathan, Machaela Tepai, Rebekah Raihania
Front row left to right: Jordayne Katene, Mandeno Martin, Whakaahurangi Gallagher.
More about us and why we’re here
Kia Orana! tōku ingoa ko Machaela Tepai. No Tumutevarovaro, Nukuroa, Enuamanu e A’ua’u enua mai au.
I obtained a Bachelor of Health Sciences last year and completed post-graduate studies in public health this year. I am a Tupu Tai intern at the Ministry for the Environment working with the Office of the Chief Executive analysing policy documents. I am here to provide a voice for our Māori and Pacific peoples and I hope I can make a real difference!
Kia ora e te iwi! Ko Rebekah Raihania tōku ingoa, nō Poneke ahau.
I am one of the rangatahi chosen to share my knowledge of Te Reo Māori, Tikanga Māori, and Te Ao Māori with the Manatū mō te Taiao. I am currently a student of Wellington Girls’ College. Te Reo Māori, Tikanga and Te Ao Māori has featured greatly in my life experiences, especially my passion for Kapa Haka. I look to forward to advancing my knowledge in Te Reo and Te Ao Māori as a Year 13 in 2020. “Tōku reo, tōku ohooho, mapihi maurea.”
Kia ora! Ko Whakaahurangi tōku ingoa.
I have been given the privilege of being one of the chosen rangatahi to teach Te Reo Māori, Tikanga Māori, and Te Ao Māori at Te Manatū Mō Te Taiao. I have just finished school and look forward to starting at Otago University in 2020. To be able to share with Ministry staff a piece of our knowledge of this beautiful culture and reo is such an honour. Rebekah and I will ensure that our teaching meets the expectations of staff to improve their understanding of te ao Māori, and ensure they are better equipped to communicate and engage with tangata whenua. “Poipoia te kakano kia puawai.”
Kia ora, Ko Mandeno Karu Martin ahau.
I am the intern representative for Waikato Tainui. As a student of Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University I study law, French and anthropology. Representing Waikato-Tainui as one of the river iwi interns, I hope to strengthen the relationships between indigenous people and Manatū Mō Te Taiao. As well as take on new experiences so I may learn and develop my skill set. “Mehemea he mahi pai mō te tangata mahia.”
Kia Ora, Ko Gemma Guiney tōku ingoa.
I am a Victoria University of Wellington student studying con-jointly for a Bachelor of Science degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree. I am of Ngāti Maniapoto and Waikato descent. As the Ngāti Maniapoto intern for the river iwi settlement, I am based with the Treaty Partnership team. I am very passionate about te ao Māori and uplifting Māori culture. This is an exciting opportunity for me to give back to my iwi and learn new skills and experiences with the Ministry.
Tēnā koutou te hunga e kaingākau ana ki te Taiao. Ko Rangipurei Maramena Mahinarangi Manley ahau, he mokopuna o ngā māunga whakahī o Raukawa, Maniapoto, he tamaiti o ngā roto maha o Te Arawa.
I am the Raukawa river iwi intern representative. I am a second year student currently attending Victoria University of Wellington studying a conjoint degree in Bachelors of Laws and Arts double majoring in Mātauranga Māori and Political Science. I look forward to navigating the Ministry and its notable mahi over the next three months and liken my journey to that of Tā Himi Henare’s whakatauki; “Kua tawhiti kē to haerenga mai, kia kore e haere tonu. He nui rawa o mahi, kia kore e mahi tonu.”
Tēnā tātou katoa, Ko Jordayne Katene tōku ingoa. He uri ahau nō Ngāti Tahu – Ngāti Whaoa me Ngāti Kearoa – Ngāti Tuara.
I’m part of the five Waikato river iwi interns and am here on behalf of the Te Arawa River Iwi. I’m currently studying at Te Kunenga Ki Purehuroa in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, studying a Bachelor of Communications, doing a double major in Linguistics and Global Development Issues, and minoring in Journalism. I look forward to what the next three months will teach me and further facilitating the relationship between my iwi and the Ministry. “Whatungarongaro te tangata, toitū te whenua.”
Kia Ora, Ko Te Mapihi Kahurangi Tutua-Nathan tōku ingoa. He uri ahau nō Ngāti Tūwharetoa me Ngāti Awa.
I’m a student at Victoria University of Wellington, Te Herenga Waka, studying a Bachelor of Health, majoring in Health Psychology and a minor in Te Reo Māori. I’m working at Ministry over summer as 1 of the 5 River Iwi Interns. I’m here to represent Tūwharetoa and also to learn more about my Iwi, River and the settlements.