Takutai Waiomio-Cassidy 

Takutai Waiomio-Cassidy

Date of Birth

19th May 2001 

Where do you currently live?


Iwi/Hapu/Other Nationalities

Ngati Hine, Ngapuhi, Te Rarawa

Favourite childhood memory

Going to Ngawha with my Parp 

What are some of you hobbies and why?

Kapa Haka, because it’s my passion 

Who is someone you look up to?

My Grandparents, Riri

Describe Mana Wahine in three words

Strong, independent, hard working

What does leadership mean to you?

It means having an identity and always knowing where you belong.
It means standing strong and pursuing a goal not just for yourself but for others.

What are your future dreams and aspirations?

1. To further strengthen my reo and revitalise it!!
2. To become a Te Reo Maori Journalist

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

1. My Nan and Parp because I want to learn more about their lives and childhood, to learn their reo o te kainga and more about our whakapapa 
2. With Rihanna because she be doing the most!! 

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

The whakawhanaungatanga we build not just with us kohine but with others who come in to talk to us

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

‘Ko te pae tawhiti whaia kia tata, ko te pae tata whakamaua kia tina!!’