In our Meet the Team series we invite you to sit down and learn more about each SOUNZ staff member. Today we introduce Kelly Mata.  Kelly has joined the SOUNZ whanau through the New Zealand Music Commission’s intern programme.

Kia hiwa ra, kia hiwa ra, Tihei Kahungunu
Tena koutou katoa
He uri ahau no Wairoa ara Ko Ngati Kahungunu toku Iwi Ngai Kohatu toku hapu
Ko Te iho o Rakainui toku Maunga
Ko Te Waka Tapu o Takitimu toku Waka
Ko Ruakituri, Ko Hangaroa, Ko Kaitarahae oku Awa
Ko Te Reinga toku Marae
Tena koutou katoa

Can you tell us a bit about your family, kids, where your from etc.

I am from Wairoa, my husband’s name is Tangi and we have 4 children and a grandchild.

Where did you grow up? Where else have you lived?

I grew up in Wairoa. I live in Porirua now.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

When not working I like to just rest up.

How would your family and friends describe you?

They would say I am a “no filter” girl lol.

Where would you like to go on vacation if you had a month off and money was no object?

I would go to Egypt.

Who inspires you?

My husband as he drives me to do the work and follow my dreams.

Where’s your favourite place in the world?

Aotearoa, as this is my Whenua and it is where my elders are buried, where my Marae and where my standing place/kinship/whakapapa is.

Which four individuals, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with most?

I would choose my whanau that have passed on … my nannies, my Sister, my Brothers.

Choose a movie title for the story of your life.

It would be “Kahungunu Hard”.


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