Leah fully supports bilingualism as well as full immersion Reo learning environments. This is reflected within her work in the education sector which began with eight years as an English medium secondary teacher of Physical Education, Education Outside the Classroom, Health, and then Head of Department of Te Reo. Leah then followed this with a post graduate qualification in Te Reo immersion teaching, and shifted into teaching in Te Reo Māori across all year levels. Leah has also completed first year in law.
Leah is passionate about the empowerment of whānau, hapū and iwi through education and social change. Her most recent experience is in the treaty settlement sector where Leah was Operations Secretary for her Iwi - Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa – Tamaki Nui a Rua Post Settlement Governance Entity during the negotiations phase. Leah then became alternate Hāpu representative at governance level.
Leah has also worked in Communications, and as a Treaty Strategic Adviser and Project Manager for the Marine and Coastal Act Claim for her marae Ngai Tumāpuhia a Rangi Māori Marae Committee Inc – Nga Uri o Ngai Tumāpuhia a Rangi Hapu. This year Leah was able to negotiate the re-entry of hapu hunters into crown owned forest prior to its eventual return in settlement after 120 years. This pātaka initiative currently distributes to our most vulnerable in the hapū and iwi.
- Project Management,
- Whānau, Iwi and Hapu stakeholder empowerment
- Treaty settlement and aspirational partnerships
- Positive social change advocate for Māori, education in both mainstream and immersion context
Ngāti Kahungunu me Rangitāne ki Wairarapa ōku iwi Māori. Ngati Hāmoa rāua ko Ngāti Pākeha ngā iwi rā nō hoki. I will be joining the Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko team as Project Manager and Facilitator where I can continue to contribute to the empowerment of whānau, hapu and iwi through education and technology.