Ko Kahuranaki te maunga
Ko Ngaruroro te awa
Ko Omahu, ko Marangai ōku marae
Ko Ngāti Kahungunu, ko Ngāti Rangi ōku iwi
Ko Ngāti Hinemanu te hapu
Ko Tākitimu, ko Aotea ōku waka
Ko Benjamin Dimitrious Hanara tōku ingoa
Kia ora whanau, my name is Ben and I have recently completed my Bachelors degree of Physical Education Sport and Exercise science at the University of Otago. In 2018, I will do further research into postgraduate study under the supervision of Dr Anne-Marie Jackson and Dr Hauiti through a Māori research excellence group known as Te Koronga. I am passionate about finding a way for Māori to recuperate cultural identity in the world using sport and exercise as a vehicle to do so.
If I could summarise my interest, it would be any sport under the sun. I am specifically interested in basketball, rugby, and powerlifting. I have played rugby most of my life and have been involved in powerlifting over the last few years, competing at an international scale.
I am extremely excited to be an intern at Toi Tangata for the 2017/18 summer. My job is to research the importance of wai in relieving negative health impacts for Māori whānau and extended communities. I look forward to working with the people of Toi Tangata and extending my research capabilities.