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Amanda is a Pouako -Te Rito (Tutor at the National Weaving School). Amanda holds multiple BA and postgrad degrees, a previous teacher for Te Wānanga-ō-Raukawa, and weaving tutor at Te Wananga o Aotearoa.
She was fortunate to be raised within a Wharepora and named (Mandē) Rongomaiwahine. Amanda is a passionate Kairaranga, her foundations contributed from a legacy of weavers within her whānau, hapū and iwi.
Amanda acknowledges all the privileges, teachings, and contributors from multiple kairaranga, kaumatua over the years (including Meleta Bennett) who have had a profound impact to her knowledge base.
Amanda continues to promote the importance of Te Ao Māori within education and balances the duality of her skills between upholding traditional practices and exploring contemporary practices.
Amanda is a reflection, of all the knowledge, investment and contributors that have come before her.