A world champ and a national champ make for a winning combination. Young Muay Thai star Waimatao Hira credits her success to the belief coach Melody Downs has in her.
Ko Ngāpuhi, ko Ngāti Hine, ko Te Rarawa, ko Ngāi Te Rangi ōna iwi.
Rukuwai Tipene-Allen comes from an iwi radio background having reported, presented and produced news, current affairs and live streams for Te Hiku Media in the Te Hiku o Te Ika. Rukuwai has worked on award-winning radio show Kūaka Mārangaranga, hosted political talk-back show Taumatahanga and worked on tv show Ngā Pari Kārangaranga and online current affairs show Haukāinga.
Rukuwai's interests include te reo and mātauranga Māori, politics and sports.
Ko te reo te mauri o te mana Māori, hēnā, tukua kia rere.
If you have a story you'd like to share with her, you can email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org