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The News and musings from the yards, barrel halls and tasting panels, and from on the road traveled between.

Dr James Berghan

James (Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri) is a Licensed Cadastral Surveyor and PhD candidate at the University of Otago. After working on a range of planning, subdivision and land development projects…

Grace Gassin

Grace is Curator Asian New Zealand Histories at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Her wide-ranging research interests encompass the historical and contemporary experiences of Asian diaspora communities…

Grace Wong

Grace’s interests are health promotion, public health, Asian health and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. She was a public health nurse, researcher & policy analyst for Action on Smoking and Health…

Bev Tso Hong

Bev is a social policy researcher whose work has spanned a wide range of social sector portfolios. In recent years, she has been interested in approaches that strengthen and affirm…

Ali Hamlin-Paenga

Ali Hamlin is the Kaihautū – CEO of Ngāti Kahungunu Community Services, a kaupapa Māori organisation providing housing solutions & social support services across the wider Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) region. Ali provides…

Mike Smith

Mike Smith (Ngāti Kahu, Ngāpuhi) is an educationalist and has spent the last 40 years focused on taking action where it matters.  Although some of his favourite activities are gardening,…

Dr Kathie Irwin

Dr Kathie Irwin  MNZM, PHD, MInstD is a third generation Māori, woman, educator. Her whakapapa is traced from diverse sources: Ngāti Porou, Rakaipaaka, Ngāti Kahungunu, the Orkney Islands, Scotland and…

Dr Chelsea Grootveld

Dr Chelsea Grootveld is Ngāi Tai, Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau a Apanui, Whakatōhea and Tuhourangi.  She is passionate about whānau-centred and whānau-led education, health and wellbeing. She has a strong commitment…

Jerome Kavanagh

Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Kahungunu me te rohe o Mōkai Pātea. Grammy award winning featured soloist and Maori musical instrument specialist Jerome Kavanagh (Poutama) hails from the Mokai Patea, Maniapoto, Kahungunu…

Dr Irene Ayallo

Dr Irene Ayallo is a social practitioner (Registered Social Worker) and educator. She currently teaches social work and community development at Unitec (Social Practice). Her teaching and practice in this…

Dr Sara Kindon

Sara Kindon has been supporting and carrying out participatory research with people from refugee backgrounds since 2005. This research has mostly involved refugee-background youth and women collaborating with her postgraduate…

Batool Arif

Batool Arif, originally from Pakistan, is a mother of two lovely girls and a wife to a very supportive husband. She has lived in Wellington, New Zealand for the last…

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