DR ACUSHLA DEE SCIASCIA
RESEARCH & STRATEGY
Dee is of Ngāruahine Rangi, Ngāti Ruanui and Te Āti Awa descent. She completed her doctoral studies in 2013 with Massey University. Since then, she has been working in the public sector as a research contractor undertaking a diverse range of research and evaluation around Māori and Indigenous kaupapa.
Tumarangai Sciascia (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu) is passionate about Māori arts - inspired by Te Māori, Toi Māori and his whānau kapa haka (haka group) Tamatea Arikinui – Tu’s whakaaro is to expose and share the true essence and beauty of our arts to Aotearoa New Zealand and the World.
TE REO MĀORI
Iriaka is a descendant of Ngāti Porou and Ngā Puhi with ties to Ngāti Kimihia and Ngāti Mutunga. She was fortunate to have been brought up amongst Ngāti Raukawa-ki-te-tonga in Õtaki and be immersed in the kōhanga reo, kura kaupapa and wānanga Māori education system. Iriaka’s goal is to reciprocate the knowledge and lessons that were instilled in her and hand these on to her three beautiful tamariki and communities more broadly.
TE REO MĀORI
Hollie is of Ngāti Tamakopiri, Whanganui Nui Tonu, Ngāti Kahungunu, and Ngāi Tahu descent. Her passion for te reo Māori has led to over 15 years in Māori language sector policy design and implementation, and she is currently teaching te reo Māori at Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University, and for the ‘Te Ahu o te Reo Māori’ nation-wider education workforce programme. She is a licensed Toi Reo Māori translator, and a graduate of Te Panekiretanga o te Reo, and Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University.