Ngā mihi | Greetings
I am a European born “adopted Maori”.
Too young and stubborn to believe that aging is compulsory, I started to explore time proven natural ways to combat ageing both internally and externally while working in the field of medicine during the early 1990’s. That expanded my horizons and led me to New Zealand in 2008 where I believe I found what I was looking for. The distinctive evergreen vitality and raw energy of New Zealand’s majestic rainforests along with the ancient native marine botanicals inspired me into the field of contemporary cosmetic chemistry.
Using my medical holistic background and traditional Maori knowledge to explore intriguing distinctive flora and fauna, develop and brand innovative skincare ingredients and proprietary products has become my passion, my hobby, and my work. While juggling different roles as well as managing the company I always strive to find some “me time”. I ground myself in nature to remind me of my roots, my ancestors and to open me up to the endless possibilities of the next Te Mana Beauty discovery.
Ko Hikurangi te maunga
Ko Te Raparapa te awa
Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te waka
Ko Hineamaru te tupuna
Ko Ngāpuhi te iwi
Ko Ngātihine te hapu
Ko Matawaia te marae
Ko Rangimarie te wharenui
Ko Miria te wharekai
(Hikurangi is my mountain, Te Raparapa is my river, Ngatokimatawhaorua is my canoe, Hineamaru is my ancestress, Ngāpuhi is my tribe, Ngātihine is my subtribe, Matawaia is my sacred plaza of welcome, Rangimarie is my meeting house, Miria is the eating house)
Descendant of Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngā Pōtiki tribes, born and raised on my whenua (land) here in Aotearoa – New Zealand.
I am passionate about my work as an actor, dancer, musician, and choreographer and over the years I have regularly worked in the New Zealand and international film/television industry.
Our family business takes me out of my busy life in the city to give me time to reconnect with my natural surroundings and taiao Māori (natural Māori world). It gives me the precious opportunity to return back to my tūrangawaewae (ancestral home) and moana (ocean) to dive for seaweed, help with harvesting mamaku and processing the ingredients for our skincare brand.
I love photography and find it relaxing creating our native designs incorporated into our brand image.
Everyone knows how much I love jamming to create a happy and inspiring home and work atmosphere.
Tihei Mauri Ora!