Tiana Pēwhairangi Trego-Hall and Lily Kay Matariki O’Neill in conversation with Anna Hinehou Fleming and Verity Armstrong

Rangatahi from Te Ipu Taiao – Climate Crucible, NZAP Conference 2021

  • Tiana Pēwhairangi Trego-Hall
  • Lily Kay Matariki O’Neill
  • Anna Fleming Auckland University of Technology
  • Verity Armstrong
Keywords: climate crisis, rangatahi, whenua, indigenous


Ka pū te ruha, ka hao te rangatahi — The old fishing net is replaced by the new fishing net. This whakatauki reminds us that our rangatahi, our young people, as our next generation, are the ones that will take the lead. The following kōrero emerged from the rangatahi panel which Tiana and Lily were part of at the NZAP’s Te Ipu Taiao Climate Crucible hui in March 2021. We received much feedback and gratitude around the indigenous perspective that each young person brought with regard to the current climate crisis, and so we asked them if they would be interested in a follow up interview that could be published. As Aotearoa’s next generation, we were interested to further explore their experiences and feelings as indigenous rangatahi living in Te Ao Hurihuri, our ever changing world.

Ka pū te ruha, ka hao te rangatahi. He whakamaumaharatanga mai tā tēnei whakataukī ko ā tātau rangatahi, ā tātau taiohi, te reanga whai muri mai, ngā kaitātaki mō apōpō. I puta mai ngā kōrero e whai ake nei i te rōpū rangatahi i roto nei a Tiana rāua ko Riri i te hui a Te Ipu Taiao Climate Crucible hui a NZAP i te marama o Poutū-te-rangi 2021. Tino koa, tino maha ngā kōrero a ngā taiohi i whakahokia mai e whakaputa ana i ō rātau tirohanga mō te āhuarangi mōrearea ōnaianei. Nā tēnei ka pātaihia rātau mena ka aro ake rātau ki ētahi uiuinga, ka tāia nei pea ā tōna wā. Nā te mea ko rātau te reanga e piki ake ana, e tino kaikā ana mātau ki te whai haere i ō rātau wheako me ō rātau whakaaro — ngā taiohi tangata whenua e noho ana i roto i tēnei Ao Hurihuri, tō tātau ao e kore nei e mutu te hurihuri.

Author Biographies

Tiana Pēwhairangi Trego-Hall

Tiana Pēwhairangi Trego-Hall, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Whātua, Tainui iwi and of the Numangatini people from the Island of Mangaia in the Cook Islands. Tiana graduated last year from the Auckland University of Technology with a BA in Māori Development and Māori Media. She is continuing her studies this year and is currently doing a PGDIP in Health Science. She has spent her life between Auckland and Kaihu, a little settlement in Northern Kaipara. In these communities, she is filling her kete with knowledge from kuia, koroua (elders) and

whānau. She hopes to one day utilise the skills gained from her education to better the lives of whānau, hapū and iwi in Te Tai Tokerau.

Lily Kay Matariki O’Neill

Lily Kay Matariki O’Neill, Rangitane, Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi. Lily is in her final year of study at the University of Sydney, studying Art History and Indigenous Cultures, with an honours thesis in Indigenous art making pre and post colonisation. With a passion for curation, Lily is currently a Youth Collective Member at the Art Gallery of New South Wales with future plans in the study of Indigenous art curation and making overseas. Growing up in Eora Country/Poihakena (Sydney) and returning home to Porangahau, Waimarama and Danniverke, Lily has

connected to whenua and tikanga, growing every year.

Anna Fleming, Auckland University of Technology

Anna Hinehou Fleming (she/her/ia) is of Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine, and Tūhoe whakapapa and also connects to South London in England. She was born in Tāmaki Makaurau and continues to live there with her whānau alongside Te Wai o Taiki. She is a registered psychotherapist and a member of Waka Oranga, National Collective of Māori Psychotherapy Practitioners and the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists, Te Rōpū Whakaora Hinengaro. Having worked in various health and social services for over 15 years, Anna’s therapeutic approach

combines her professional and personal experiences and has a focus on attachment and developmental theory from an indigenous Māori perspective. Now based at the Department of Psychotherapy and Counselling at AUT, Anna enjoys being a part of the journey of training psychotherapists and providing an indigenous focus within the University space. Contact details: annafleming.therapy@gmail.com

Verity Armstrong

Verity Armstrong is a Kai Tahu woman from Aotearoa New Zealand. She also has strong connections to clans MacKintosh and Armstrong. While her whakapapa is from the bottom of Te Waipounamu in the stunning Oraka/Aparima area, she grew up in Tāmaki Makaurau. Verity worked as a social worker in the area of childhood trauma, and then trained as a psychotherapist through AUT. She worked for an organisation specialising in domestic and sexual violence, and is now in private practice, specialising in sexual trauma. She also has an interest in sex

positivism, relationships and love. Verity joined the rūnanga of Waka Oranga after experiencing their support and wisdom throughout her training and beginning years as a psychotherapist. Verity is married to her partner of many years, and has three tamariki. Her experience of mothering and being in relationship, and all of the learning this involves brings her a wealth of experiences, feelings and growth. Contact details: verityarmstrong@ gmail.com

How to Cite
Pēwhairangi Trego-Hall , T., Kay Matariki O’Neill, L., Fleming, A., & Armstrong, V. (2022). Tiana Pēwhairangi Trego-Hall and Lily Kay Matariki O’Neill in conversation with Anna Hinehou Fleming and Verity Armstrong: Rangatahi from Te Ipu Taiao – Climate Crucible, NZAP Conference 2021. Ata: Journal of Psychotherapy Aotearoa New Zealand, 26(1), 73-83. https://doi.org/10.9791/ajpanz.2022.05