Dr Carla Houkamau (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou)

Dr Carla Houkamau
(Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou)

Dr Carla Houkamau is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management and International Business at the University of Auckland. Carla joined the Department in 2007 as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow. Carla specialises in the areas of personal identity and diversity management. Dr Houkamou has developed a multi-dimensional model of Māori identity, which she uses to explore diversity within the Maori population, and how Māori identity contributes to Māori wellbeing. She is emerging as a national expert on Unconscious Bias.

Anton Blank (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu)

Anton Blank
(Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu)

Anton Blank is a writer and publisher living in Auckland. He has an extensive history in social work, communications, Māori development, public health and literature. Anton has held senior roles in the government and not for profit sectors, including Communications Services Manager at the Ministry of Education and Executive Director of the Māori child advocacy organisation Mana Ririki. Anton was the Principal Investigator of the 2016 report Unconscious bias and education – a comparative study of Māori and African American students.

Hautahi Kingi(Ngā Rauru, Te Atihaunui a Papārangi)

Hautahi Kingi
(Ngā Rauru, Te Atihaunui a Papārangi)

Dr Hautahi Kingi is an economist based in Washington DC. A high achiever at Wellington’s Victoria University, Dr Kingi went on to complete his PHD at Cornell University. His specialisms are migration, fiscal policy, labour, macroeconomics and international development. He is widely published as a researcher and social commentator in New Zealand and the United States.
Marino Blank(Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu)

Marino Blank
(Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu)

Marino Blank is a poet, educator and systems analyst. A certificated teacher, Marino worked for 10 years in primary schools in Auckland and London, and more recently in adult education contracting to Auckland University. While living in London she studied design consequently working as a cartographer, CAD operator and analyst. As a poet she has published one collection, Crimson (Anton Blank Ltd, 2014), and has also been published in the Maori Literary journal Ora Nui and Auckland University Press’ Puna Wai Korero: An Anthology of Maori Poetry in English.
Kiri Piahana-Wong(Ngāti Ranginui)

Kiri Piahana-Wong
(Ngāti Ranginui)

Kiri is a poet and editor. She graduated with a Diploma in Publishing from Whitireia Polytechnic and holds degrees in Law and English literature from the University of Auckland. Kiri has worked for fifteen years in the publishing industry including roles at Brookers Ltd, Auckland University Press and Huia. As a poet she has published one collection, Night Swimming (Anahera Press, 2013), and has over 30 journal and anthology publications. Kiri is an MC at Poetry Live, New Zealand’s longest-running live poetry venue. She lives in West Auckland.