Donna Tamaariki and Moana Tamaariki-Pohe are twin sisters whose affinity for the Ocean was passed down to them from their tūpuna. Of Māori (Ngāti Whatua Orakei, Te Waiohua), Cook Islands, Tahitian and Tauiwi descent, the pair have spent their entire lives working to protect and preserve the ocean. Whether it be through waka ama, navigation, teaching, governance or policy change, they are working to have an everlasting positive effect on their tūpuna moana, the Waitematā.
The pair are also having great impact in the entrepreneurial space. Both are small business owners, with Donna currently in a role focussed on Māori economic outcomes. Moana wrote and delivers the HineBoss programme empowering indigenous women right across the country, into business.
In this episode we discuss ego vs eco, we talk about the true measure of success and, we find out which twin has paddled enough nautical miles to have circumnavigated the world three times!
We karakia before we get on the water and we karakia when we get off the water. The kaupapa always comes first.
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