Kahu Kutia was raised in the centre of the universe, in a place known to most as Te Urewera. She is the daughter of a teacher and a bush man, and spent her childhood making huts in trees and cleaning teroteros in the river. It is this home and the people who keep the home fires burning that motivate Kahu in all of the work that she does.
In 2015 Kahu moved to Wellington to study. She is three weeks from completing a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Media Studies and Māori Studies, with a minor in Te Reo Māori. Her intention is to work diversely within the media sector, always telling stories that uplift and prioritise the worldiews of indigenous peoples. When not at university or making coffees, Kahu is a writer. She has written for Vice NZ, The Wireless, Villainesse, Theatre Review, Kate Sheppard Place Women and Salient Magazine. In 2017 she completed an internship with UNANZ, focusing on the sustainable development goals with respect to rangatahi Māori. Since high school she has been interested in the variety of social justice movements that are occurring all around the world today. This includes the ways in which people critique oppresive structures and build spaces of resistance.
Te Urewera is the foundation of Kahu’s identity. Whilst attending COP24 she will hold her whenua with her at all times, for without action the land will suffer. She would like to create a platform to uplift indigenous knowledge as a solution for climate change.