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HAWKES BAY BRANCH: HR Cultural Competency: Where to start ?

Please join the Hawkes Bay Committee and Donna Tamaariki, Senior Consultant of Maurea Consulting at our next event.

We are delighted to bring you a special presentation for our next event, introducing Donna Tamaariki who will provide a discussion around HR Cultural Competency: Where to start and the cultural context of Te Ao Māori and Mātauranga Māori.

We look forward to having you join us.

About Donna Tamaariki

“Ko Tāmaki Makaurau tōku tūrangawaewae. Ko Ōrākei, Tāmaki Makaurau me Umupuia ngā marae.

No Rarotonga, Tahiti hoki ahau. I whānau mai ahau ki Ōrākei, katahi i tipu ake ahau ki Māngere.

Ngā wai o Tāmaki Makaurau ngā wāhi whakahirahira ki ahau.”

Donna has carved a pathway of leadership in her career, working across roles that have played a pivotal part in improving Māori outcomes and engagement; and supporting organisations in their journeys to cultural awareness. She is currently a Director at Auckland PHO; has been a Principal Advisor on the Independent Māori Statutory Advisory Board; and has held senior advisory and management positions in the corporate and social sectors – including health, education, economic, arts and social development organisations.

Donna is an action-oriented person, and believes that leadership is about being brave, taking calculated risks, setting clear expectations, having empathy and the confidence to hold courageous conversations. Her extensive professional, social and whānau networks mean she is comfortable operating across Te Ao Māori, Pasifika and Western environments, and with a diverse range of people and groups.

A good understanding of te reo Māori and a highly proficient Tikanga Māori practitioner, Donna has a Master’s degree in Applied Indigenous Knowledge from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. She has been a kaihoe, teacher and coach on Waka Ama (outrigger canoes) for many years; and also holds a Boat Master’s Certificate and Marine Radio Operator’s license. Her love for the sea and boats has taken her on many adventures – competing and sailing Waka Ama in Rarotonga, Hawaii, Tahiti and other parts of the Pacific.


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