Co-founder and strategic director for Manawa Ahi
Ko Ngāti Awa te iwi. Ko Ngāti Hokopū ki Wairaka te hapū. Nō Whakatāne ahau. Raised in Whakatāne, Merenia is the Strategic Director of Manawa Ahi, a nation-wide community of young adults committed to using their time and talent to serve the injustices of our world. Manawa Ahi believes that young people can be catalysts for the reconciling of our fractured societal relationships. Mera has recently returned home to Whakatāne after working and studying in Wellington. This year Merenia attended the United Nations Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues in New York.