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About Iwi








Ko Te Arawa, Mataatua, Tainui ōku waka

Ko Te Arawa, Mataatua, Tainui ōku Iwi

Ko Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Tawhaki, Ngāti Apakura, Ngāti Maniapoto ōku hapu

Ko Tunohopu, Te Takinga, Ngahina, Kahotea, Hia Kai Tupeka oku Marae


Ko Iwi Allan Te Whau ahau

(this picture are of my babies, from left Madyson Richards-Te Whau, Kiarna Kokaua,

Tukotahi Richards-Te Whau, Me Uncle Iwi and Rhea Richards-Te Whau)

I was born on the 2nd of February 1982 in Rotorua, I am the middle child to

Allan & Hinewai Te Whau.

I was baptised into the Maranatha Seventh day Adventist Church on the 23rd of February 2013.


Studied at Waiariki Institute of Technology with A National Dip in Journalism, Waikato University with BA in Communications Studies, PTE providers with a National Dip in Mental Health, National Dip in Māori Health and a Post Grad Dip in Business Studies. currently working towards my Masters degree through Canterbury University.


I have worked in a wide range of areas which include the education, media, health, sports, charitable trusts and Ahu whenua trust. I am currently working for Tauhara North No.2 Trust as a Projects Manager and Kaupapa Māori Development manager. I also have a hobby of doing livestreaming for a show called Thankful Thursdays. Feel free to join me in zoom conversations, blog updates and a lifestyle change that could help you.


I was 182.6kgs and last year had a really hard health scare which changed my life dramatically.

now at 99kgs, I am thankful and blessed to be able to share life with a community and whānau that I adore and love. My current situation as of January 2021 another rongoā journey has been put on my path which has been tough, yet a beautiful blessing at the same time. So I have been diagnosed with the early stages of  ALS. I'm ok, my whānau are ok and we are just enjoying life.


He mihi nui ki ōku ringa awhina, pouarahi o te mana hauora, A huge thank you to all my health specialist from around the world and here in Aotearoa, I've been blessed with Neurologist, hematologist, physiatrist, physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist and a special mention to my whānau at a GP Practice Korowai Aroha Health Centre for their continued support, awhi, and tautoko.


Our whānau we work with

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