Anthony Manawatukituki Wanakore
Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Hāua, Ngāti Whitikaupeka
I grew up in … The almighty Taumarunui – Te Rohe Pōtae . . . Dōōits!
I’m studying… A Bachelor of Arts Majoring in Māori resource management and Māori studies (minoring in everything else available at Victoria University because I couldn’t make up my mind SMH)
At Te Ohu Kaimoana, my main mahi is … assisting the policy team to develop and promote robust policy advice that advances Māori interests in fishing. As well as, the office dishwasher, the cuppa tea maker and the occasional chief consultant on life hacks.
I think Māori fisheries is an important kaupapa because … it is something that our kaumātua and kuia felt strongly about. Upholding the integrity of the mahi in a way that reflects the visions of those who paved the way is our inherited duty. We have the most to gain and the most to lose.
In the future I would like to … continue working closely with our whānau to achieve the best outcomes for us all. How I will achieve this is probably a question that I will be asking myself for the rest of my life.
In the weekends / holidays you’ll find me … strumming on a flat guitar, teasing my nephews or nieces, attempting to start a keto diet for the 5th time this year or diving in Te Pātaka-Kai-o-Tamahou ki Breaker Bay.