Putaanga (she/her) is a mana wahine descendant of Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga whose whānau hail from the rural plains of Takapau to Pakipaki to the top of Te Matau-a-Māui, and onwards to the lush inner bits of Ngāti Porou and over the Moana to the tropical landscape of ‘Avaiki Nui (colonially known as the Cook Islands) the perfect blend for a wahine who lives and thrives between ocean and earth.
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Putaanga embodies her whakapapa and brings a strong, fierce and passionate voice to kaupapa. From multiple board roles, advocating for kaupapa, whenua mahi with rangatahi, to dreaming of a world where land back and Te Tiriti is forged into the values of our societal structures and creative communities are joyful and inclusive.
A wāhine for all seasons, from fine line mahi toi, gathering kōkōwai, feeding her community through love languages and wrangling a wild child 8-year-old kōtiro. Putaanga breathes integrity and abundance.
Putaanga is a self-declared “hōhā” whom you’ll find MIA travelling around the country behind (and in front) of the lens, at home with a book or procrastinating in her garden.
An avid lover of a stellar oat mocha, lamb tails and diving for pāua, she also inherited a magnificent green thumb alongside a great passion for all things kaupapa, te ao Māori, Hāpori and Land Back.
“In te ao māori, our knowledge and way of existence are based on the collective community, not individuals. Our world does not revolve around the self, it evolves around the collective."