Kiri Reihana - About me
Kiri, what’s your AFN 2017 Workshop?
Our workshop is called Contributions to Te Taiao mātauranga (knowledge of the environment).
If you had a totem animal what would it be (native to your country)?
Kāhu or NZ native Hawk, it’s my family kaitiaki (guardian)
What cultural activity are you looking forward to trying at the AFN conference?
Yarning circles and engaging with the culture in a creative way.
What is your take on 'sacred communication'?
Sacred communication to me is conversing with my Atua (god) then waiting and listening for the guiding signs, of where I need to be next and what I’m supposed to be doing…..
What’s something that might be surprising about you?
Something surprising about me is that I used to be an Architect, and have only been doing my current work for a few years.
What’s surprising about your workshop?
You’ll have to come to it, to see ….
What's the funniest facilitation moment you have ever had?
Being told I was a facilitator, I’d never seen it that way before ☺
What pearl of wisdom can you offer beginner facilitators?
Use your ears more than your mouth…..
Kiri is a kairangahau (researcher) for Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research based in Hamilton, Waikato, Aotearoa New Zealand. She is passionate about equipping Māori to build capacity to enact kaitiakitanga (guardianship).
She is also passionate about supporting Māori iwi/hapū in natural resource management, environmental protection, and restoration from anthropogenic impacts.
Kiri is an advocate in re-connecting tangata (people), especially rangatahi (youth), to the environment. She sees reconnection to the environment as a key factor in iwi/hapū community health and well-being at a holistic level.