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Tuakana: Nakia Randle

“Nakia attended COP24 in Katowice, Poland with Te Ara Whatu. She sees that climate change is reflective of the extreme disregard of peoples and land that occurs in decision-making. However, she also sees that there is opportunity in this space for indigenous perspectives and knowledge to create solutions…”


Emily Muli

“As a daughter of Moana Oceania, Emily is a descendant of the villages of Fua’amotu and Kanokupolu in Tonga. She was born and raised in Tāmaki Makaurau and grew up surrounded by the rich and diverse cultures of South Auckland…”


Freya Schaumkel

“The Pacific Islands, my homeland, are on the front line of the climate crisis we face today, yet the dialogue is being dominated by those who do not understand the land and sea…”

Tuakana: Kaeden Watts

“Kaeden attended COP24 in Katowice, Poland with Te Ara Whatu. It was high school in Napier, where he first experienced the general stigma of being Maori in a predominately New Zealand-European environment. It was this that initially fueled and continues to fuel his passion for cultural activism today…”


Nate Rew

“I'm representing the Te Ara Whatu kaupapa because I believe it's absolutely necessary that the voices of indigenous youth are centered in all discussions concerning the future of our planet….”


Nicole Hunt

“After being inspired by the work of pioneer wahine Māori filmmaker Merata Mita, Nicole has delved into the film world with the intention of amplifying indigenous narratives…”

Tiana Jakicevich

“This is a journey inspired by my grandparents, who were changemakers for their generation. The way my nan fought against discrimination for the protection of her heritage by taking it worldwide for the betterment of Māori inspired me to follow in her footsteps…”


Haylee Koroi

“I have dedicated the last five years to working with rangatahi Māori; bringing visibility to the colonial systems and structures within which rangatahi exist…”