Tēnā tātou katoa… Ko Putahi tōku maunga, Ko Wairoro tōku awa, Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua tōku waka, Ko Kohewhata tōku marae, Ko Te Uri o Hua, Ngati Korokoro, Ngati Tautahi, Te Popoto ōku hapū. He uri nō Ngāpuhi kowhao rau… Tēnei te mihi maioha ki te hāpori nō ngā hau e whā.
Hana joined the COMET Auckland – Te Hononga Akoranga team in January 2020 as a Community Activator for Talking Matters. Hana trained as a Speech & Language Therapist and explored whanaungatanga in her honours research. As a second language learner and speaker of te reo Māori, she is passionate about combining her skills to support the revitalisation of te reo from the beginning of life by creating rich language environments for pēpi and tamariki. She believes te reo Māori me ngā tikanga me ngā matauranga Māori are key in creating meaningful community led action that affirms the positive identity of whānau, hapū and iwi.