Tame Pokaia

Kaumatua

Tame is from Ngāti Mahuta and Ngāti Hikairo descent, and was born and raised at Ngāruawāhia. He comes from one of the papakāinga families that lived on Tūrangawaewae marae. He credits growing up on the marae with all the old people as his first place of learning. The experiences and memories gained have been invaluable in his life.

After completing a Diploma in Teaching from Waikato Institute of Technology, Tame started work as a tutor for Wintec’s Māori Studies Department. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) from the University of Waikato and is in the final stages of completing a two paper dissertation for his Master of Arts.  

Tame has a real interest in the pursuit of knowledge and undertaking research. Some of his favourite topics include: Tainui history, Kīngitanga, tribal landmarks, raupatu, poukai, paimārire, ngā tongi-ā-Tāwhiao, and whaikōrero.

Now residing in Hamilton with his wife Sandy, they have one daughter and four mokopuna. They get great pleasure from raising their eldest mokopuna Hinatamariki. Tame enjoys family activities, learning, reading, walking, weights, music, and a good barbeque.

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