Charlizza Matehe

Ngāti Kahungunu

Charlizza Matehe utilises her creative and artistic abilities to facilitate challenging conversations around mental health with young people. Her journey with kapa haka began at age 15, and it has become an outlet for her passions, enabling her to connect with her community in Maraenui, Napier.

At 17, she completed a 10-week business course that solidified her commitment to a life dedicated to the creative arts. Pursuing her passion, she obtained a Bachelor of Youth Development at WelTec, incorporating her placement project, 2Face DRAMA. During this project, Charlizza and her team communicated powerful messages through performing arts at shows across Aotearoa and internationally.

Currently, she works as the founder of Toi Matarua, a performing arts and research company that offers a rangatahi/youth programme, guiding young people to chart their own future by taking a leadership role. Realising the need for a kaupapa Māori research agency, Toi Matarua now gathers Indigenous Māori knowledge to support various research projects on rangatahi and the community.

Toi Matarua's new projects provide young people with opportunities to pursue initiatives that are close to their hearts and positively impact the community. The projects focus on utilizing data that can bring about tangible change in the community, rather than merely collecting data for research papers.

Current projects include a research trip to Tahiti to follow ancestral voyages, a project on rangatahi data sovereignty, and a conference centred around suicide prevention.


The art of empowering rangatahi

Qualitative Literature Review on Ethical Engagement with Mokopuna Māori

Māori research to benefit from $40m Lego Foundation grant

University of Otago Wellington, wins major international grant, to develop Maori-led programmes for children

Communities set to benefit from Indigenous-led international grant with rangatiratanga at heart

He Rangatira Our Leaders

Awhina Murupaenga

Ngāti Kuri, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāpuhi

Awhina Murupaenga, a mother of two, serves as the director of Whatu Creative. Through the traditional Māori art of tukutuku, she shares whakapapa, history, innovation, healing, and storytelling with communities. She's equally passionate about empowering young Māori to set and accomplish their aspirations.

Emeritus Professor John Broughton

Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu-Ki-Heretaunga

Emeritus Professor John Broughton has dedicated over 30 years to Māori oral health, injury prevention, and Kaupapa Māori research methods. In recognition of his services to Māori health, theatre, and the community, he was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2016.

Marihi Langford

Ngāti Kuri

Marihi Langford combines her experience in management and leadership with her passion for supporting others who suffer from mental health and addiction issues.

Hayden Wano

Te Ātiawa, Te Ātiawa, Taranaki, Taranaki, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Awa

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