Te Kooanga Awatere-Reedy - Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Uenukukōpako, Uepohatu, Ngāti Porou
Piki ake kake ki te tāpuhipuhitanga o Ngongotahā, mataia iho rā ki ngā wai whakaora o Utuhina, ki te Rotorua-nui-a-Kahumatamomoe, ki te whenua i takahia atu e Ihenga, e ko Te Arawa māngai nui! Ka whiua reretia taku tirohanga ki te Tairāwhiti, kai ana taku mata ki te maunga e kore neke. Ko Hikurangi kei runga, ko Waiapu kei raro. Waiapu kōkā huhua, Waiapu ngau ringa! Ko Te Kooanga Awatere-Reedy e mihi atu nei.
Te Kooanga is a Solicitor, and has tertiary qualifications in Māori resource management and te reo Māori. In January 2023, she joins the Office of the Deputy Chief Executive, Māori at the Ministry of Justice as a Senior Advisor. Te Kooanga has both private and public sector experience, in research, legal, policy, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi advice. She is looking to governance roles in the next stage of her career. Recently relocated to Rotorua with her whānau, she is bi-lingual and bi-cultural, and able to integrate differing perspectives to identify issues and develop solutions. Te Kooanga’s late grandfather was a Manager at Air New Zealand and her brother is a qualified commercial pilot. Te Kooanga is excited for the year ahead as an Observer member of the Rotorua Airport Board.