He uri nō Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara, Te Uri o Hau, Te Roroa, Ngāti
Hineāmaru, me Ngāti Maniapoto.
Tutamoe ki Maunganui ngā maunga.
Kaihu te Awa.
Taita te marae.
Kia Mahara Koutou te Whare nui.
Tēnā tātou katoa.
Tanya’s long established involvement with community kaupapa is grounded in the ‘pā harakeke’, a community of practice. As a weaver, applications and interventions of raranga and tikanga pā harakeke guide her processes and interrelationships with whānau, community, and te taiao. She is a long time weaver of wahakura (safe sleeping woven vessels for new born babies), and an advocate for the wahakura safe sleeping kaupapa, which she knows to be a rongoaa intervention that weaves whānau together in whakapapa and wellbeing. Manaakitia te rito, caring for the rito, the new growth, the mokopuna, and future potential of the community is a tikanga of paramount importance to her. Hutia te rito o te harakeke, kei hea te komako e kō? Tanya has four mokopuna. Her current role is Kaitiaki Taiao at Te Whare Wānanga o Wairaka, where she also facilitates the Ngā Kaitiaki rōpu who are focussed on caring for the mauri of the whenua and community. For a number of years she has organised and led volunteer groups and Community Corrections Workforce in regular manaaki whenua activities. She currently serves on the executive for Te Arataki ki te Ao Marama Branch of the Māori Women’s Welfare League.