Te Kaanga Skipper – National Korowai Aroha Whaea
From 1993 to 2004, Whaea Kaanga was the Kaiarahi, kaiawhina for all the Maori and Pacific students in the medical programme at the University of Auckland, where she ‘nursed’ the students through the years of study required of them to qualify as medical doctors.
In 2005, Whaea Kaanga joined a group of six Waikato kaumatua and their support team to assist in the restoration of an historic building from its unloved, dilapidated condition to a building of grace and heritage. Whaea Kaanga again ‘nursed’ the kaumatua and their project team throughout the processes, while maintaining the integrity and tikanga of the whakapapa of the building, its heritage and the whanau.
Other key roles Whaea Kaanga has been or is still connected with include:
- Kaumatua within the Brain Centre of Auckland University
- Senior Elder Kuia to Marae within Tainui and Tamaki Makaurau
- Senior positions in ProCare Health Te Kupenga O Hoturoame, Tamaki
- Trustee to Te Puea Mara
- Chair of Te Paa Harakeke Kohanga Reo
- Chair of Mangere Piriti Urupa
- Advisory to the NZ Police, Manukau Hub
Whaea Kaanga has achieved her Certificate in Ahu Hauora Tamariki through the Waikato Institute of Technology and her Diploma in Arataki Manu Korero Level 5 through Te Wananga O Aotearoa.
Whaea Kaanga is very fluent in Te Reo and Tikanga tika and is a integral member of the Kingitanga.