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Advocate of indigenous rights

Tina Ngata

Ngāti Porou

A Ngāti Porou wāhine and mother of two, Tina's work involves advocacy for environmental, indigenous and human rights. This includes local,
national and international initiatives that highlight the role of settler colonialism in transnational issues such as climate change, waste pollution, and pandemics.


In 2019 Tina published Kia Mau: Resisting Colonial Fictions, a collection of essays which explore the application of the Doctrine of Discovery in Aotearoa. In the same year she co-founded the award-winning Manaaki Matakaoa program, a community centered, flaxroots oranga service that rallied the community to rise to the challenges of extreme isolation and limited health infrastructure. She is now embarking on her PhD regarding the Doctrine of Discovery in Aotearoa, how it continues to drive colonial injustice, and models for dismantling its racist legacy.

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