Kia aho matuahia te taketake, kia tūwaerea te tau…When intellect turns to intuition, knowledge becomes wisdom
Kia ora my name is Te Rina and I am a descendant of the Rangitane, Maniapoto/Raukawa, & Whitikaupeka (Mokai Patea) nations in Aotearoa (New Zealand). I am a single mother who is committed to the revitalization of our native language - as such I am a parent of the Kura Kaupapa movement for Maori language immersion schooling. I am an education facilitator at Massey University where I teach the mathematics curriculum to Maori Immersion trainee teachers in the Maori language, as well as mainstream papers (in both the Maori & english language) involving the critical analysis of the education system in Aotearoa. I have been involved in iwi Treaty of Waitangi claims processes, environmental sustainability, and iwi governance. All of this I believe contributes to a broader desire to advance Maori and indigenous development through conscientization and reclamation. I am a founding member of Te Atakura - Society for Conscientisation who also provides Treaty Education to community and other groups. Oh yeah, and I sometimes find myself as the number cookie baker for my daughters kapa haka (Maori performing arts groups) - and I am completing my phd on the implications of the internet for tikanga Maori (Maori cultural value systems). Mauri ora ki a tatou!