I come from the Tūhoe tribe of the central North Island of New Zealand, and hold the title Associate Professor in the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies at Waikato University. As Associate Dean Postgraduate I am heavily involved with research development and postgraduate studies. I have undertaken significant research in the areas of Māori astronomy, Māori language revitalisation, Māori culture and broadcasting. My MA thesis focused on traditional Tūhoe weaponry, and my PhD examined the role of Māori radio in Māori language revitalisation. I am a graduate of Te Panekiretanga o te reo Māori and Te Mata Punenga, and sit on a number of boards including Society for Māori Astronomy Research and Traditions (SMART).