ZUI Panel Biographies: Cultural Revitalisation

Nov 12, 2020 | latest

Kia ora whānau

This month we will be discussing Settlement and Cultural Revitalisation. 

Our hope is that, no matter where you live in the world, you will be able to log in and hear what our panel will be discussing, and get you thinking about what impact Settlement will have on you and your whānau.

Following are this months panel members and a little bit about themselves. 

Rewa Harriman – MC

Rewa Harriman (nee Hudson), Whakatōhea born, former top ranked tennis player and now top ranked news journalist for The Hui, will be hosting our monthly Zui to keep our whānau updated on the issues that are important.


Mahlia Edwardson – Trilingual Interpreter

Ko Tarakeha toku maunga
Ko Opepe toku awa
Ko Opape toku Marae
Ko Tony raua ko Bussy oku matua tupuna
Ko Dee (a.k.a Rerekau) raua Maraea oku Mama
Ko Maliah Turu (nee Edwardson) taku ingoa
I have been living in Hamilton for the past 20+ yrs
I am a jack of all trades (tutu) 
I am a tri-lingual interpreter of NZ Sign Language
My passion lies in karaoke (hearing others sing)


Maui Hudson

Maui Hudson is Whakatōhea and affiliates primarily to Opape marae and the Ngai Tamahauahapū. He has been the Ngai Tamahaua representative on the Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board for almost six years and is a Director on TePouOranga o Whakatōhea, Eastern Seafarms Ltd, and the Whakatōhea Fisheries Asset Holding Company. He lives in Hamilton with his wife and three children and works at the University of Waikato where he is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies.


Te Kahautu Maxwell 

Te Kahautu is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Waikato and teaches Te Reo up to graduate level. 

Te Kahautu sits on number of governance boards. He was member of Te Paepae Motuhake, the independent panel that reviewed the Māori language sector and strategy.

He is a member of the Te Mātāwai Board a new organisation established under Te Ture mō te Reo Māori 2016 (The Māori Language Act 2016) to lead the revitalisation of te reo Māori on behalf of iwi and Māori. 

He is an authority on  tikanga Māori, a tohunga of the Ringatū Church, and a licensed translator. Te Kahautu has a strong background in the performing arts, as a composer of haka, mōteatea, waiata-ā-ringa and poi. He is the tutor, of Ōpōtiki-Mai-Tawhiti one of New Zealand’s premier kapa haka. He revitalises and teaches te reo through the composition of song which retells the history of his Te Whakatōhea people.


Te Puritanga Jefferies

"Kaitohu Ahu Ōhanga Māori – Senior Māori Economic Development Advisor at Greater Wellington Regional Council

I am passionate about whānau (family), culture, language, health and wellbeing, Māori economic and social development. " 


Thomas Mitai

Thomas works in the creative, digital design, robotics and animation creating opportunities for rangatahi to explore their technological interests. The learning environments are underpinned by mātauranga Māori (knowledge) and ahuatanga Māori (practices).

Thomas is a guitarist, singer, composer and member of Ōpōtiki Mai Tawhiti. 


Keita Hudson

My family and I moved home to Waiotahe in 1984. In that year I decided to involve myself as much as I could into Hapū and Iwi politics. With a young family at the time it was important for me to learn and understand my own connections to hapū and iwi, and become involved in Iwi decisions striving to fulfill the vision it had set, to become self sufficient and a self sustainable iwi.

Becoming a team member of the Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board Research Roopu was the turning point for me, having a better understanding of the history and the great losses of Te Whakatōhea. It became even more meaningful for me to continue my involvement to be part of positive change for Whakatōhea and all its’ beneficiaries. This also reflected in my career choice of Social Worker and Whānau support for the community.


Parehuia Mafi

I had the privilege of being raised in Omarumutu and our whānau home stands alongside those of the Ngāti Rua whānau who continue to live on our tūrangawaewae. Ngāti Rua hapū has always maintained that our whenua is a place where we can all connect, live and thrive. My role on the Whakatōhea Pre-Settlement Trust is to ensure that this becomes a reality for all Ngāti Rua whānau in the near future.

I have travelled the world as a national sports representative and I have completed studies in iwi and hapū development, policy and health sciences. As part of the national E Tū whānau violence prevention strategy I have been able to follow my passion of working alongside whānau, hapū, iwi and hāpori / communities. As a Māmā, kaimahi and hapū trustee/committee member I have seen the devastating impact of colonisation upon our people and their resilience, strength and committment to overcome this legacy and take control of their own destiny. I am honoured to be elected as one of our hapū representatives alongside Linda Grave, we are both dedicated to the tasks set down by our whānau of Ngāti Ruatākena hapū and more importantly to a future full of possiblities for our tamariki and mokopuna. “Kia nuku, nuku, Nukutere”.

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