Tupua Urlich is a co-founder of Voyce Whakarongo Mai, New Zealand's first advocacy service for children in state care. But the advocate is refusing to be silent about the problems inside the care system.
Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine, Waikato Tainui, Ngāti Rārua o Te Ātiawa
Renee was born and raised in Waikato and educated at Te Wharekura Kaupapa Māori o Rākaumangamanga. Soon after leaving school she toured the world as a Polynesian dancer and a cultural youth ambassador for Aotearoa. Renee then went on to study dance at Auckland University but when she saw a news story about the establishment of a Māori television station, she decided to hang up her hula skirt and came up with a plan to shimmy her way into Māori Television. She soon graduated with a Diploma from NZ Radio Broadcasting School and landed a job at Radio Tainui hosting 3 on-air shows. A year later, Renee joined Te Kāea where she worked as a reporter for 5 years. She took a little time off to have babies and get married before returning full-time in 2012 to join the Native Affairs team. Renee says, "It’s like a dream job for me, working here at Māori Television is an absolute honour and privilege."