My name is Moana Tinitia Edwardson (nee Farrar). My mother was born and raised in Te Whakatōhea, my grandparents also, and their ancestors’ before them. Te Whakatōhea, Ngai-Tamahaua, runs through my blood.

I was born in my father’s hometown of Tokoroa and at the age of 2 moved to Orima, 19km east of Te Kaha. I lived here for majority of my childhood, enjoying the freedoms of spending majority of my childhood outdoors – swimming at our local swimming hole, fishing with my dad, diving with my brothers, collecting pinecones for the fire and helping to grow vegetables in my parent’s garden – learning a lot of vital skills a lot of people my age don’t have.

When I was 12 my family moved back to Tokoroa to help further our education and at the age of 17 I moved to Wellington to Study Commerce at Victoria University of Wellington. Three years later I moved to Auckland to further my career and have been here for the past 7 years. I am currently the National Tender Bid Manager for Armourguard Security.

My aspirations for Te Whakatōhea are simple. I want our people to prosper in all area’s of their lives – Mentally, physically, spiritually and financially. I want our families to build better homes for their tamariki. To be better fathers and better mothers.

I am Whakatōhea to me means being unashamedly proud of who you are and what you represent.