Linda Tuhiwai Smith
Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Awa
Linda Tuhiwai Smith is a Professor of Māori and Indigenous Studies at Waikato University. She is a leading international authority on indigenous research, education and health, and is the author of "Decolonizing methodologies: Research and Indigenous People".
As a mother and grandmother she was part of the original cohort of whānau to champion Kura Kaupapa Māori, and a number of Māori education initiatives in Aotearoa.
Ngāti Porou, Ngā Wairiki Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Awa
Kaapua Smith has a background in sustainability, indigenous & Māori research, policy and communications. She is passionate about Māori politics, and is an experienced political commentator and advisor. She has authored a number of articles on Māori political participation.
She is currently Head of Sustainability at Contact Energy, Vice President of the Māori Party, and a Trustee of Ngā Wairki ki Uta, a small hapū trust.
Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Tautahi, Ngāti Rēhia, Pākehā
Carrie Stoddart-Smith is an established blogger (Ellipsister), political commentator and former Māori Party candidate.
She holds a Master of Laws in International Law and Politics LLM (Hons) and currently works in Māori development. Carrie is particularly interested in international trade, political
economy and indigenous economic advancement. She is suspicious of political ideology that leaves no room for nuance and the lived experience of Māori today.
Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou
Maria Ngawati is a Māmā and bonus Māmā of 6, and has worked in tertiary education for 16 years across all parts of the sector. She holds a Masters degree in Health Science, and is a Physiotherapist by trade. Her interests include furthering her Te Reo Māori, Sport, Education, Health and Māori Development and she loves to see tamariki becoming the best version of themselves. She currently resides in Rotorua with her whānau.