Heather Te Au-Skipworth is the creator, visionary and CEO of IronMāori. She started the multi-sport event in 2009 with only 300 people.
Michele Wilson (Tainui, Ngati Pāoa) grew up identifying as an ‘urban’ Māori, and although she didn’t learn te reo me ōna tikanga as a child, she always felt an incredible connection to her tūpuna and te ao Māori. After working (unhappily) as a corporate lawyer and then suffering with postnatal depression after the birth of her second child, she was led into the ngahere to begin her healing and her journey to reconnect with her culture. Now, the owner of Frankie Apothecary, a rongoa-based skincare company, is helping other women and their families heal through natural remedies.
Melissa Robinson-Cole is of Ngāti Hine and Ngāti Kahu descent. She is a full-time artist and designer, and is also a staunch advocate for body positivity. Lissy, as she likes to be known, is also a walking bubble of joy, it’s a feeling she is passionate about, going as far as covering her car in fluro/neon crochet for an art project #JoyRide – spreading joy, quite literally, around town.