Tēnā koutou katoa
He uri tēnei mai te Moana Nui a Kiwa
Ki te taha o tōku matua, no Pawarenga, no Ngawha, no Tauranga Moana
Ko Te Rarawa, ko Ngāpuhi, ko Ngāi Te Rangi ōku iwi
Ko Te Uri o Tai, ko Ngāti Rangi, ko Ngāti Makamaka ōku hapū
Ki te taha o tōku māmā, no Rarotonga, no Tahiti hoki
Ko Tupapa, ko Ngatangiia ōku hapū
Ko Juressa Lee ahau. Kia ora mai tātou!
Currently I am working as the plastics campaigner at Greenpeace Aotearoa. I have done a bunch of different things along the way including various roles in academia from business analysis to pastoral care for international scholarship students from developing countries. Project procurement and commercial administration in construction and engineering consultancies. In my spare time I try to help out with the rūmaki reo we’ve been fortunate to be part of, all hands on deck! Keen to see how to make all of this useful for AWC!
I love being more active and dedicated to protecting our planet and all the life it sustains. Am on the everlasting journey of decolonisation. As a mum and nan to brown skinned, Polynesian tamariki everything I do – work, voluntary, grassroots, etc – is with them in mind and what they will have to live with. I love the sentiment of being a better ancestor. As tangata whenua and tangata moana, it would be my pleasure and joy to bring my perspective to the table, joining courageous feminists committed to justice, equity and wellness for wāhine and non-binary, genderqueer people. Ngā mihi nui!