As a trans-wahine, Taupuruariki Brightwell is calling for improvements in services for the wider LGBTQ+ community and those struggling with gender identity.
Te Aitanga-a-Mate, Ngati Porou - Born and raised in Gisborne, Talisa attended Waikirikiri School, and Lytton High School.
At age seven, while living with her grandparents, her koro placed her in the te reo unit – a decision she is forever grateful for.
She has completed a BA in Māori Studies, a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism (with merit) at Massey University, and has a background in print journalism.
Her interests include grassroots stories, indigenous cultures and progress for te reo Māori.
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