Maria Hakaraia

Ko Tainui te Waka, ko Tararua nga maunga, Ko Ngati Raukawa te Iwi, ko Maria Hakaraia toku ingoa, No Wainuiomata ahau , tena kotou, tena kotou, tena kotou katoa.

Maria is a mother and grandmother and was born and bred in Wainuiomata. She works at CCDHB as a Lactation Consultant (Maori and Pacific focus) and is also a qualified Chef.

She lived and worked in Australia for thirty years, but returned to NZ to live in 2008. She is passionate about how we feed ourselves, especially the first food.