We have been super lucky to be able to bring in two extremely talented individuals to help us on the youth engagement side of our mahi in the last month.
We have previously worked with Makareta Jahnke as part of our school holiday programme and she is now the lead kaiako on our Futures! programme. From Ngāpuhi, Ngāti porou and Tainui, Makareta graduated in 1999 with a bachelor of Māori Visual Arts at Massey University and has a passion for working with natural fibres.
Tukaha Milne is a youth mentor, project manager, mechanical engineer as well as having extensive knowledge of integrating Te Ao Māori into daily practice (is there anything this man can't do!?). Both Tukaha and Makareta have brought so much to the ĀKAU kaupapa in such a short time and we're loving having them in the Kaikohe studio.
The Auckland studio also has a new whānau member. Maia Ratana had been on our radar for a while and we're stoked to have her on the team. Maia is currently working part-time while completing her Masters in Architecture.