Trustee

Mei Winitana

Ngāti Hineuru | Ngāti Ruapani ki Waikaremoana | Mātaatua

He uri ahau mai Ngāti Ruapani ki Waikaremoana, mai ngā iwi katoa o te waka o Mātaatua, me Hineuru hoki! He maha ngā hononga ki ētahi atu iwi. Ko Mei Winitana tōku nei ingoa.  Tihei mauriora!

I am matriarch to 5 vibrant and loving adult children, and nani to 18 mokopuna, 4 of those are tuarua. We live in Whakatane. My interests and passions are wide; as a kai raranga/ a weaver of traditional art forms of the ancient Te Wharepora- taniko, whariki and kete and continuously have projects on hand. I believe in sharing these arts with others so they may infuse new ideas to keep them alive and vibrant. As matriarch of my whanau, I actively support the pursuits of my whanau and we collectively foster our mokopuna to be the best people they can be.

I currently work in the tertiary education sector with some talented people in polytechnics, whare wananga, and training organisations on a wide range of projects; so this allows me to contribute to the education and training committee of Hineuru Trust. Another of my personal passions are all matters Tai Ao/ the environment and I rigorously engage in these hard discussions with and on behalf of Hineuru iwi. One of the highlights of being a trustee include re-igniting the homes fires for our whanau, since it was our great-grandfather (Tihema Te Hau) who last lived within the Hineuru tribal rohe.

The challenging discussions at Hineuru trust level and with other organisations are so worthwhile as they have the interests of the iwi in mind. I encourage tribal members who can think matters through with a balanced view; who have the kaha to discuss issues in a respectful way; and who are willing to put in extra time and effort to tribal matters….to consider nomination for the next Trust elections.