Aimee Matiu

Auckland

Pou Tokomanawa - Māori Advisor

Taku ahi tūtata, taku mata kikoha

When my fire is close, my weapon is sharp

Ngāi Tūpoto, Ngāti Moroki, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi

Hokianga nui ā Kupe, Hokianga taniwha rau, Hokianga hakapau karakia, Hokianga, he puna iti o te ao Mārama.   Our whanau, our hapū, our iwi of the Hokianga motivate me in everything I do, they keep me warm and nourished in te ao Māori, te reo Māori me ōna tikanga and in all of our beautiful and complex ways of seeing, being, and knowing as tāngata whenua.   It is because of our people and our whenua that I am passionate about Te Tiriti o Waitangi in practice and action through leading and contributing to initiatives that effect transformative change and result in better outcomes for us all.   For me, building and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships not only with each other as humans but with the environment is key to our collective well-being as tāngata whenua and tāngata tiriti.