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Rawiri (David) Waretini-Karena

Rawiri (David) Waretini-Karena

​Academic Staff Member
Centre for Health and Social Practice


+64 7 834 8800 extension 8515


Physical Address:

D Block, Level 2, City Campus, Tristram St, Hamilton 3240


  • Master of Arts in Commercial Music, Wintec, 2009.
  • Bachelor of Applied Social Science in Māori Counselling, Wintec, 2004.

Industry Experience, Affiliations and Achievements

  • 15+ years of experience in alternatives to violence facilitation in prisons and the community.
  • Director-facilitator of the Coalition Action for Public Safety (CAPS) Waikato
  • Radio show host of ‘You be the Judge’, highlighting issues that impact the community.
  • Private Māori Counselling practitioner for Nga Kaitiaki O Te Ture Social Advocate Services.
  • Native assessor for Nga Uri Whakatupuranga O Maukoro – Sovereign Native Court.
  • Coordinator and Chairman of Alternatives to Violence Project Waikato

Areas of Expertise and Research

  • Kaupapa Māori theories integrated into counselling practice.

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