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Mark Kopua

Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Ngāti Ira and Ngāti Porou

Mark was raised in Mangatuna, by his old people and is considered a historian by his East Coast tribes. He is renowned for hisexpertise as a master carver and spent 44 years in carving which includes completing 7 ancestral meeting houses. Mark has dedicated 31 years of working at the forefront of modern Moko (traditional Māori tattoo) and has trained several moko artists while still continuing to work as a mokoartist and design consultant. Mark has been employed in many national and international roles. One unique role has been his involvement in Moko Ihorei (tattooed head) repatriation work and domestic and international provenance of traditional Māori carvings

Hongihongite wheiwheiā: Barriers to meaningfully addressing racism in Aotearoa

Hongihongi te wheiwheiā is a Mahi a Atua principle that encourages a culture of feedback in order
to create meaningful change and address inequities in Aotearoa. This presentation provides some
feedback and wonderings on the role of te Tiriti and racism in Aotearoa.

Mark Kopua
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