Tana Whiunui - Te Puawaitanga ki Ōtautahi


Tana Whiunui

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Jarreau ‘Tana’ Whiunui is from Ōtautahi. Ko Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāpuhi me Waikato ōna iwi.

Tana has worked alongside rangatahi and tāne for over 15 years, supporting whānau to improve their relationships, whānau connection, emotional regulation, and physical wellbeing. Prior to working with the Trust, he worked in the area of family violence and educating whānau to be safe for themselves and their whānau.

Tana has a certificate in youth work. He is passionate about seeing people improve their lives, about giving rangatahi and tāne the opportunity to grow in their tūrangawaewae. Tana’s vision is a future where tāne are a positive role model within their whānau and a strength for others in their community. For rangatahi, he would like to support them to find their voices, to share their goals and whakaaro for the future.

Whānau is the most important aspect of his life, and something he holds dearly to his ngākau. In his spare time, Tana enjoys the journey of physical improvement and has played rugby league and basketball for many years, more recently practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.