Hannah Barber-Wilson | McCall McBain Foundation Kupe Leadership Scholar

(Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa, Ngāti Ruapani ki Waikaremoana)

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Inherent strengths within communities often hold the keys to enabling everybody to thrive. I am interested in how our generation can contribute collectively to the genuine fostering of diverse groups as well as developing a sense of place – a key component to flourishing. Additionally, utilising my ongoing studies in geography and sociology I endeavour to understand reciprocity in many contexts in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Through multiple musical interests over the years, I have experienced the reciprocal nature of actively participating in a community and would like to nurture similar opportunities for young people in a variety of settings. I am grateful for the Kupe support, particularly the provision of mentors to guide us, and look forward to getting to know the Kupe community.

Sponsor: McCall McBain Foundation

Mentor: Anahera Morehu (Ngāti Whātua, Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Kahu)

Anahera is Poumanaaki, Chief Archivist, at Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga Archives New Zealand (Archives NZ). She is an established leader across the information management sector and across iwi Māori. A former President of LIANZA and Te Rōpū Whakahau, she has had leadership roles with IFLA – the International Federation of Library Associations and is a member of the trust board of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua.    

Anahera is the country’s first Māori and wāhine Māori to hold this important statutory role in a permanent capacity. Her substantive position was Kaihautū for Archives NZ. She was previously the Kaiārahi at the University Business School.