Kanoa (Ngāti Porou, Tūhoe) started off as a kid’s tv presenter and is now one of very few (less than a handful on our count) wahine Māori to lead prime time television in Aotearoa.
Born in Gisborne, she spent much of her childhood moving around Tokomaru Bay, East Cape and Coromandel, before moving to Cromwell. Recently reconnecting to Ruatoria has become a significant part of her adult life and was key in her journey to strengthen her hononga to all sides of her whakapapa.
Using her platform to advocate for and address issues that affect many New Zealanders, Kanoa flows between waves of both public support and public criticism.
In this episode we talk about the joys and pains of being a wahine Māori in mainstream media, we learn about Kanoa’s childhood, she shares stories of the indigenous women who inspire her most, and we laugh, and cringe, about all the keyboard warriors.
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