Hinewirangi Kohu Morgan
Hinewirangi Kohu Morgan (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Nuhaka, Ngāti Ranginui ki Tauranga Moana, Ngāti Porou ki Muriwai) is an artist, a poet, a visionary, and a designer of training programmes. She is the Director of Te Whānau o Te Rau Aroha Ltd, with a staff of four who undertake contract work within Te Ao Marama-Waikeria prison. She is part of a women’s collective, Ka Ata Mai, teaching creative ways of working with Maori, and of Te Kotahi research team at Waikato University. She teaches in New Zealand and abroad, conducting workshops on all aspects of Māori philosophies of mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. Her areas of expertise include: traditional Māori parenting and healing; Taonga Puoro, Maori musical instruments; and Indigenous poetry and drama. She is the Vice Chair of the International Indian Treaty Council, on which her work is with women and children. Last year, she completed four years of study with Dr Jonathan Fay and now is a full member of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists; and also completed her Master’s in Applied indigenous Knowledge at Waikato University. Hinewirangi is a story-teller, and a published poet. She uses her stories as a healing process combined with Taonga Puoro. This year, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, she was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to victim support.