He uri ahau no Ngāti Kahu
Ko Te Paatu tōku hapū
Ko Nakia tōku ingoa
Nakia is inspired by the resilience of her whānau and the critical importance of climate justice work.
Of Ngāti Kahu descent, but growing up in Central Otago, Nakia always understood our reciprocal restorative relationship with Papatūānuku on a personal level, but only in recent years began learning more about Te Ao Māori and indigenous solutions to the climate crisis.
After joining Te Ara Whatu in 2018 it quickly became obvious to Nakia the importance of this kaupapa and how much the climate change movement needs indigenous rangatahi.
In Te Ara Whatu Nakia has found a place where she can use her skills in environmental and climate change law to the benefit of our communities and to challenge current power structures that are not serving people or planet.
Nakia feels extremely lucky to attend COP25 this year as one of the tuakana of the Te Ara Whatu delegation.