By Indigenous, For Indigenous

Keynote Speakers

We are privileged to have 8 keynote speakers join us for this hui, to share their insights into what "Rangatiratanga" means in the social work space. 

Moana Eruera

Senior Research Fellow for Taupua Waiora Centre for Māori Health Research at Auckland University of Technology

Moana is of Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Ruanui and Ngāti Rangiwēwehi tribal descent. With more than 30 years’ experience in social and community work, Moana is a registered social worker with a PhD in indigenous studies.

Whitiao Paul

team Leader / Kai Awhina at Manaakitangata

Whitiao is of Ngapuhi, Ngati Hine and Ngati Ruanui descent.
Her thirty years plus career in the social services sector has incorporated practice in the health, NGO and Maori sectors both at front-line leadership and governance levels.

Michael Anthony Hart

Vice-Provost of Indigenous Engagement, & Professor in Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary

Michael Anthony Hart is a proud citizen of Fisher River Cree Nation in central Turtle Island. While he has always been involved in Cree ways of being through the guidance of his family and Elders, he has been actively learning Indigenous ceremonial practices focused on well-being

Tracie Mafile'o

Associate Professor in the School of Social Work

Tracies ancestry flows from both the global north and global south, but identifies as someone with Indigenous roots in moana-nui-a-kiwa, in Oceania.

Dr Peter Mataira

Associate Professor | Hawaii Pacific University

I am a social worker, an educator, researcher, writer, dad, and a grandad (or as my daughters affectionately call me “g-pops”). Throughout my career, I have always been passionate about looking for innovative, audacious, and at times, unconventional ways of helping reempower, revitalise and reconnect indigenous communities.

Taina Whakaatere Pohatu


He uri ahau no Porourangi (I am a descendent of Porourangi), living in the rohe (tribal area) of Ngati Raukawa to be with my mokopuna (grandchildren) and mokomoko (great grandchild). My Ngati Porou tīpuna (grandparents), whānau (family), hapū (sub-tribes) and whenua (land) have been instrumental in shaping and informing my thinking, approaches and responses in the many journeys and their kaupapa (issues) throughout my life. 

Hariata Rawinia Pohatu


I am of two closely-related iwi/tribal groups located in the North Island, Aotearoa-New Zealand; Te Whanau a Apanui in the Eastern Bay of Plenty and Ngati Porou, on the East Coast. The theme, of this hui/conference has opened a door for me to participate.