Annie Te One
Annie is from Te Ātiawa and Ngāti Mutunga. She has lived most of her life in her iwi rohe of Wellington and as a result has been involved with her iwi her entire life. Annie is a Māori Studies lecturer at Victoria University where her key areas of academic interest are in Māori and Indigenous politics and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Annie has recently submitted her PhD, which focuses on the relationships between Māori and local government in Wellington and the Hutt Valley.
Annies work and research supports the values system which drives her to advocate for Māori and indigenous rights. Māori have laws, rules, institutions and values all of which are grounded in a relationship to the environment. As a result, Annie strongly believes that any response to climate change in Aotearoa must draw upon matauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) which is as relevant today as it was upon the arrival of our tūpuna to Aotearoa.
In her spare time, Annie likes to play with her puppy Kobe who helps her dig holes for her maara kai (and sometimes just holes for holes-sake).