Naida Glavish — Culture changer

Dame Rangimarie Naida Glavish ends our six-part Conversations series today.

Here Naida recounts the famous incident in 1984, when she stood her ground against the Post Office to defend her right to say “Kia ora” to callers.

She has continued to lead cultural change in various ways since then. She’s been a high school teacher of te reo and tikanga. President of the Māori Party. The head of her Ngāti Whātua rūnanga. A cultural adviser to many crown entities.

And for many years, she’s been the chief advisor on tikanga at the Waitematā and Auckland district health boards, where she continues to ensure that our health services are more attuned to the needs and rights of Māori.

She’s also the proud mother of three daughters and two sons, a grandmother of 19 mokopuna, and a great-grandmother of 31.

Conversations was made with the support of NZ On Air. To read more about Naida’s life, see this 2015 kōrero with Dale Husband.


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