Treasurer
Iwi: Ngati Tuwharetoa

He uri ahau no nga waka Aotea,

Te Arawa ratou ko Mataatua.

I te taha o toku matua

ko Ngāti Tuwharetoa,

ratou ko Ngāti Pikiao,

ko Ngāti Pukenga ōku iwi.

I te taha o toku whaea

Ko Ngāti Rangiwewehi,

Ko Ngā Rauru ki tahi,

ratou Ko Te Ātihunui-a-Papārangi ōku iwi.

I whanau au i Ratana Paa no reira ka tu ake au i te Maramatanga. Mangai Ae.

Tēna tātou e te whānau. I  have completed my tenure as Toihau of 2.5 years. I took on the role while completing my documentary for the 2017 Pakipumeka series screened on MTS. I’ve been a member of Ngā Aho Whakaari since its inception and prior to that ‘ Te Manu Aute’, the screen arts activist organisation that preceded it. We flew many kites back then in the 1980’s and had stormy sessions at various hui. We had a great deal to be passionate about as we fought for recognition. Today we are dealing with a different set of issues - surviving in multi platform environments and safe guarding our taonga.

The kaupapa of Nga Aho Whakaari is to support all Māori in screen as our mentors intended. Our Whakatauki  ‘E kore te tōtara e tū noa i te pārae engari me tū i te wao’ gives us guidance.  I see it holds our Board together today as we work to ensure a stronger place for Māori voices in the future of all screen.