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RIKI NIA NIA

Riki Nia Nia is the currently the Chair of Tumu Whakarae, Te Mana Taneora o Aotearoa & the Kia Ora Hauora Māori Health Careers Program. He is also a member of the national suicide prevention program Governance Group - Waka Hourua. 
 
Riki has 20 years of senior health leadership experience in the NZ health sector and currently works as the General Manager of Māori Health for Waitematā and Auckland DHBs. 
 
Riki is one of the founding members of the Tū Kaha conference and chaired the Tū Kaha Conference Committee for 8 years before moving to Auckland in 2014. Riki is most passionate about Māori development.

TE AHUKARAMŪ CHARLES ROYAL

 

Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal is a composer, researcher and teacher and a passionate advocate for ‘indigenous creativity’. Through composing and performing music, through researching and teaching iwi histories and traditions and indigenous knowledge, Charles pursues indigenous creativity and innovation. His iwi are Marutūahu, Ngāti Raukawa and Ngā Puhi. Charles is currently Director, Ngā Manu Atarau (Communities, Repatriation, Sector Development) at Te Papa Museum of New Zealand

DR. DIANA KŌPUA

 

Dr Diana Kōpua (nee Rangihuna) is a passionate and proud Ngāti Porou woman. She began her career in health under the mantle of Ngāti Toa as a mental health nurse in Porirua. Her strong Māori identity, combined with her clinical background, has contributed significantly to reconceptualising the delivery of Māori mental health services

ROB MOKARAKA

 

Multi-award-winning actor and writer Rob Mokaraka will perform a personal story about his very real fight with a bullet and depression. A black comedy that entertains and enlightens those who have been directly, or indirectly, affected by depression and loss with an uplifting message: There is a way out of the dark. Using his utility belt of tools like stand-up comedy, expert dance moves, mime and puppetry, Rob unfolds his depression in an entertaining yet insightful way, shining a light on a traumatic event. Shot Bro is all about reveal to heal, which is rongoā for all cultures. Each performance is followed by an open forum facilitated by Rob Mokaraka, then followed by cups of tea and kai, to whakanoa.

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