Toi Ako Webinar: Tangaroa Ara Rau

Join Ngahuia Mita, Terina Raureti and Rob Hewitt of Tangaroa Ara Rau for this Toi Ako webinar. Tangaroa Ara Rau is a collective of Māori (Indigenous peoples from Aotearoa New Zealand) water practitioners passionate about kaupapa wai (the essence of and programmes connected to the water) and connecting whānau (families) to the water. Tangaroa is a Māori water deity and immediately centres the importance of spirituality, identity and culture for Indigenous peoples. Tangaroa Ara Rau was formed to provide a collective for Māori water safety practitioners to exercise mana motuhake (self-determination) and advocate for Māori communities. Together, the collective has many years of experience in kaupapa Māori research, training and education in water safety, swimming, waka, surfing, freediving, ocean diving, ruku kai, mahinga kai and other water related activities.


Rob Hewitt – Ngati Kahungunu
Rob is the Kaihautu of Tangaroa Ara Rau and has a wealth of knowledge and experience with 20 years in the Royal New Zealand Navy, sailing double hull Waka and, his epic story of survival and supporting organisations at a local community, hapū, iwi, and national level.

Terina Raureti – Ngati Kapu, Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Rangitihi
Ms Terina Raureti is the Kauora lead for Tangaroa Ara Rau and has recently completed and successfully defended her PhD thesis Kauora: A Theory and Praxis of swimming for Māori. Terina resides in Ōtaki and is a Māmā of one and is now a Postdoctoral Fellow with CPSS – Coastal People Southern Skies.

Ngahuia Mita – Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Ngati Konohi, Ngati Hako
Ms Ngahuia Mita is the waka lead for Tangaroa Ara Rau, she is a research fellow for the Centre of Indigenous Science and Va’a Tautai – The Pacific Health Research Centre. Ngahuia is also a kaumoana on Tairāwhiti Waka based in Turanganui a Kiwa. Ngahuia has recently completed her PhD, Tairāwhiti Waka: Tairāwhiti Tāngata: Examining Tairāwhiti Voyaging Philosophies.