​Ngawaiata Hauraki 

​Ngawaiata Hauraki 

Date of Birth

10th April 2002 

Where do you currently live?


Iwi/Hapu/Other Nationalities

Tapuika/Nga Puhi Ngati Tuheke/Ngati Tautahi/Ngati Hau/Ngati Kaharau

Favourite childhood memory

Going out with my whole family to the swimming hole for the entire day.

What are some of you hobbies and why?

My hobbies are Kapa Haka, Sports, Music and Art. I use my hobbies to express my feelings in different ways. Kapa Haka fuels my love and passion i have towards my culture and all its history. I use Kapa Haka to release a lot of anger! Sports encourages me to keep heakthy and fit. It also helps me to release a lot of frustration. Music and Art helps me to relieve myself of a lot pain and guilt, as well as peace and calmness. 

Who is someone you look up to?

I look up to my mum. My mum tries her hardest everyday to be a better person. Her help is like a never ending road when it comes to her family. I love how her support is so strong from near and far. I look up to my mum because she tries her absolute hardest in everything she does.

Describe Mana Wahine in three words


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

I'm stronger, and more confident in myself because of it. Knowing where I come from and who I connect to makes me feel belonged. Like I'm not alone, and never will be alone wherever I go. 

What does leadership mean to you?

Myself I think leadership is a skill we all have. I believe the true quality of leadership isn't defined by how well you can stand and speak in front of a crowd, but how you encourage others to believe in themselves and their talents. Helping, caring and encouraging others to push beyond their limits discovering their true potential.

What are your future dreams and aspirations?

To become a Te Reo Maori and Tikanga-a-Iwi teacher. I aspire to become a teacher. To teach rangatahi our language, culture and history.

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

I would really love to have dinner with my great grand parents on both sides. I missed out on meeting my tupuna. I would love to have dinner with them to get as much knowledge as I can as well as get to know them.

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

The sisterhood. Having the love and support from the girls is a really good feeling.

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

Don't be afraid to dream big.