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UMA primarily serves the "misfit" Māori and Takatāpui community of young creatives (18-35 years) from poor backgrounds. This collective of young creative industry leaders, has joined forces to empower civic innovators, young leaders, and other misfit creatives with the skills to drive change through creativity.

Empowering Māori and Takatāpui Creative

Mana Whakahaere


Ngā Tāngata Kaitiaki

Youth led Māori and Takatāpui Trust Board

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Shaun has great talent and creative flair in video post-production. He previously Production Supervised the UMAs LGBT Series Queens of Panguru and the award-winning short film GURL. Currently, Shaun works for AHI.

Shaun Dooley



Takatāpui Māori – Taranaki

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Rangatahi led designer. Tyler is in the industrial metal band downHEAD.  

Tyler Costa



Ngāti Kahungunu

    A model and actor, Hana grew up on a farm in Cheltenham just outside Feilding. She became involved in MHF, a former UMA charity in 2012.

    Hana Martin



    Ngāti Ruanui (Taranaki) / Ngāti Raukawa (Ōtaki)

    The board is supported by former UMA Board Members, who serve as Takatāpui mentors.


    Benjamin Watt – Ngāpuhi - Rainbow Boxing (he/him)

    Lance Loughlin Ngāti Kahungunu - Co-Chair (he/him)

    Nancy Wijohn Tūhoe Te Arawa - Co-Chair (she /her). BODY ISLAND contemporary Māori dance company.

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    Hunter is a fresh face, keen to engage and learn to run UMA programs. He is a metal musician and brings great energy to all aspects of life.

    Hunter Rotherham



    Ngāti Kahungunu

    NZBN: 9429037696450

    provides funding, operational, and independent project delivery services for the United Māori Artists Charitable Trust.

    Service Provider – Principal Sponsor

    Ngā Kaimahi

    Key Personnel

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