Nō Waikato Maniapoto rātou ko Ngāti Porou, ko Ngāti Kahungunu me Ngāti Whakaue a Maria, ā i tipu ake ia ki Waikato.
Maria currently works within the PVC Māori Office under the mantle of Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith as a Project Manager with a primary focus being on Māori Student and Academic Leadership and helping to ensure the Māori cultural distinctiveness of Waikato University is practiced, embodied and upheld, and providing opportunities for all staff and students to do so as well as engaging the wider community. Maria is in the final stages of completing her Master of Arts with her thesis topic focusing on Contemporary Indigenous songs of Resistance and Resilience written in English by Māori in the period from 1978 – 2008.Maria states that "My real and most important job however is taking care of my six tamariki who range from 13yrs-1yrs. I am absolutely passionate about te reo Māori me ōnā tikanga, kapa haka and education and all these things are the ultimate foundation that governs and guides not only my tamariki and I but also all of my siblings, nieces and nephews, a value which has been instilled in and passed on to us by our mother Te Rita Papesch".
Malcolm of Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa is a Senior Researcher at Massey University and has written a number of publications including Beneath the Māori Moon and State of the Māori Nation. He has also co-edited “Kaitiaki: Māori and the Environment”, and “Weeping Waters: The Treaty of Waitangi and Constitutional Change for Aotearoa New Zealand”.