Ko Tinana te waka. Ko Te Rarawa te iwi. Ko Hinekura Smith ahau, tihei mauriora! I am a Kaupapa Maori researcher and educationalist interested in methodological and pedagogical approaches that place Maori language, values and aspirations as central to creating transforming and positive change with Maori and for Maori. My current work focuses on Maori identity, in particular how we as Maori women actively reclaim living full, well lives 'as Maori' and how we then pass on these notions of wellness to our tamariki and mokopuna. I come from a matriarchal line of Mana Wahine. I am a mother to two daughters and the daughter of a mother who fought to reclaim and restore those aspects of living as Maori taken from her through colonising processes. I am also a kairaranga and kaiwhatu (Maori fibre artist) the nature of which is intrinsically woven throughout my written and spoken ways of being.