Katarina Elsie-Jo Kopa Mahutoto

Katarina Elsie-Jo Kopa Mahutoto

Date of Birth

6th of June 2001

Where do you currently live?

I live in Manurewa, South Auckland

Iwi/Hapu/Other Nationalities

Tainui, Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri are my iwi
Ngati Mahuta, and Ngati Koroki are my hapu
I am also part Irish, Croatian and French

Favourite childhood memory

The time I was 6 and I was leaving kura kaupapa/school to go and live in Australia with my sister and my mum and my school gave me a my sister a big fat farewell and made me feel so happy to know that I have and forever will have a home to come home to

What are some of you hobbies and why?

My hobby is reading, babysitting because I love children, I also love being around them because they make it feel like heaven is on Earth

Who is someone you look up to?

I look up to my sister Ria because she has achieved so much in such little time and gives me the courage to want to do the same

Describe Mana Wahine in three words

3 words to describe Mana Wahine to me will probably be and I quote "My mother/sister"

What does knowing who you are, where you come from and who you are connected to mean to you?

Knowing who I am, where I come from, and who I am connected to give me a sense of belonging, this means the world to me.

What does leadership mean to you?

Leadership to me means being able to take the lead, create the way, being the experience, but overall wearing the shoes our tupuna wore, or in this case the korowai and in doing so, we are able to follow in their footsteps, that is what leadership is to me.

What are your future dreams and aspirations?

My future dream and aspirations in life is to become a photographer and sign language interpreter, I believe that I can make a change with these 2 dreams of mine.

If you could have dinner with anyone, celebrity, whānau living or deceased who would it be and why?

If I could have dinner with anybody it would be my Poppa, because being able to talk to him and have a meal with him once again will be the best thing this world has even had to offer to me, he was my everything and still is to this day, I'll give up anything to at least have an hour with him

What is your favourite thing about being in Urutapu so far?

My favorite thing about being in Urutapu so far is the bond and love we girls share with each other, and being able to be around such a strong group of girls, Mana Wahine more like is so encouraging and makes me want to do more 

Do you have any advice for other aspiring, young rangatahi?

Honestly if you dream it, than believe it, and make it come true because only you have the power to make something out of it, don't let anybody drag you down and throw your dreams in the rubbish because people like that just don't want to see you succeed, so do you because you can only be the best person you can be if you just be you, you are the best version of yourself.