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Warwick Tauwhare-George

From a well-rounded life perspective, my kids and Michael Jordan inspire me. My kids because they are my barometer for ensuring I remain grounded, and realise that life is to be enjoyed with family and friends. Michael Jordan because he continually strived for improvement and realised that hard work and humility played a huge part in his success – just wish I could shoots hoops like him!

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Mary Kamo

Through her extensive involvement in the local community, Mary was invited to take on the role of Prison Chaplain to the Christchurch Women’s Prison, then later to Paparua (Christchurch Men’s Prison) and Rolleston Prison as well. She describes it as a “richly educational and
rewarding experience.”

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Samantha McGavock

Ngai Tahu – Ngāti Irakehu – Wairewa Samantha McGavock has whakapapa links to Wairewa, but was born and raised in Rotorua. She studied architecture in Wellington and now lives and works in Auckland as a Construction Project Manager. Sam worked with Tūhoe to design and build Te Kura Whare – their new office and community…

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Tihou Weepu

In 2015 Tihou was the recipient of the Vodafone World of Difference Scholarship, which awarded him $100,000 to put towards the creation of a rangatahi kaupapa now known as Tuia Te Tai Poutini. He is employed by WestREAP (Rural Education Activities Programme) as a Kaitautoko Rangatahi. His role is to co-facilitate leadership wānanga, and develop new and innovative ways to help rangatahi build a connection to people and place.

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A handsome climber

Kōhia is a handsome climber found high in the canopy of the tallest trees of our native forests, and is perhaps better known to most of us as New Zealand passion vine, passion flower, or passion fruit.

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Delane Luke

Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Waewae, Ngāti Rārua, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Maniapoto Delane was born in Wellington and has two brothers, Tana (19) and Waikawau (8). He began his education at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Whānau Tahi, and in 2011 he moved to St Thomas of Canterbury College, where he has just completed his…

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Matt Scobie

Matt Scobie is a PhD candidate who begins study at the University of Sheffield this month. His research will explore ways to hold business and government accountable for their wider social and environmental impacts with a focus on engagement around the operations of extractive industries in areas of importance to indigenous groups. He completed a Master of Commerce at the University of Canterbury.

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Dr Karyn Paringatai

Dr Karyn Paringatai is a lecturer in Te Tumu – School of Māori, Pacific, and Indigenous Studies at the University of Otago, where she teaches Māori language and Māori performing arts. Karyn also has a research interest in identity development, particularly amongst those living away from their tribal areas.

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Marlon Williams

Marlon Williams has been described as “the impossible love child of Elvis, Roy Orbison and Townes Van Zandt” which is pretty hard to top. He’s a Lyttelton boy who made waves at 17 fronting acclaimed alt-country band The Unfaithful Ways who were nominated for the Critics Choice award at the 2011 New Zealand Music Awards.

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Danni Thian

Danni Thian (Ngāi Tahu), the recipient of the 2014 Agria-Hōaka scholarship, will travel to Beijing in February to spend 12 months studying Mandarin at Tsinghua University. It’s an opportunity she feels fortunate to have. “It’s all surreal,” says Danni, 24, who works as a commercial operations, labour market, and welfare analyst at the Treasury in…

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