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In this kaupapa Māori kōrero facilitated by Olivia Hall,  four wāhine – Ruby Solly, Hinemoa Elder, Hana Tapiata and Kerensa Johnston – share their wisdom about wellbeing.

Director, Māori at NMIT Olivia Hall (Ngāti Rārua) facilitates the kōrero with poet and taonga pūoro practitioner Ruby Solly (Kāi Tahu, Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe), psychiatrist and author Hinemoa Elder (Te Aupouri, Ngati Kuri, Te Rarawa and Ngapuhi), Wakatū Incorporation CEO Kerensa Johnston (Ngāti Tama, Ngāruahine and Ngāti Whāwhakia), and lifestyle blogger Hana Tapiata (Tuhourangi, Ngāti Porou, Pākeha) share their whakaaro (perspectives) and together wānanga (deliberate).

Each wahine will share their whakaaro (perspectives) and together wānanga (deliberate) on how communities can collaborate on whaiora.

Thanks to Penguin Books NZ and Victoria University Press

Ruby Solly 

Ruby Solly (Kāi Tahu, Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe) is a writer, musician and taonga pūoro practitioner living in Pōneke who is currently completing a PhD in public health, focusing on the use of taonga pūoro in hauora Māori. She has been published in journals such as Landfall, Starling and Sport among others. Her first book, Tōku Pāpā, a collection of poetry about connection and disconnection spanning generations, was published by Victoria University Press in February 2021. She is also a contributor to Out Here: An Anthology of Takatāpui and LGBTQIA+ writers from Aotearoa, which is being published by Auckland University Press in October. 

Hinemoa Elder 

Dr Hinemoa Elder (Te Aupouri, Ngati Kuri, Te Rarawa and Ngapuhi) has lived on Waiheke Island for 21 years. She is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, working at the Child and Family Unit at Starship Hospital, in Auckland. She is also a Maori Strategic Leader for the Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) for the Ageing Brain. Aroha: Māori wisdom for a contented live lived in harmony with our planet is her first book. You can find her on Instagram @drhinemoa.

Kerensa Johnston 

Kerensa Johnston (Ngāti Tama, Ngāruahine and Ngāti Whāwhakia) is Wakatu Incorporation CEO. She has a legal background, specialising in Māori legal development, public law and land law. More recently she has played a key leadership role in the Te Tauihu Intergenerational Strategy, which has explored how iwi can work collaboratively with the rest of the community to build resilience.

Hana Tapiata 

Hana Tapiata (Tuhourangi, Ngāti Porou, Pākeha) is a lifestyle blogger living by indigenous philosophies and mātauranga Māori, based in Rotorua. She was a major contributor to Te Kai a te Rangatira, which is an awe-inspiring overview of the collective wisdom and a snapshot into the current state of Māori leadership, as told by rangatahi. She is also the author of Self awareness doesn't begin with self (Walker Books, 2018) and blogs and podcasts at

Olivia Hall 

Olivia Hall (Ngāti Rārua) is Executive Director Ōritetanga, People, Culture & Learner Services at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, head of Te Toki Pakohe (NMIT's Māori Department) and owner of Meke Events. She also holds a number of governance roles including; Chair of Tasman Bays Heritage Trust (Nelson Provincial Museum), local committee member of Institute of Directors and Chair of the Mātauranga Iwi Leaders Group. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Māori, a Masters of Business Administration, a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning and an Advanced Certificate in Māori Ambassador and Leadership. Olivia and her husband Dion have four sons and cherished mokopuna.


Sat 23 Oct | 11.00am

60 min

$13 - $19
Eligible for 5 for $75

Plus service fee 
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