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Rawiri (David) Waretini-Karena

Academic Staff Member


  • Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Māori Counselling), 2004, Waikato Institute of Technology
  • Masters of Arts: (Commercial Music), 2009, Waikato Institute of Technology

Area of Expertise

  • Programme Manager Te Whiuwhiu O Te Hau – Māori Counselling
  • Kaupapa Māori Theories integrated into Counselling Practice.

Industry Experience, Affiliation and Achievements

  • Over 15 years experience in alternatives to Violence Facilitation in prisons as well as in the community.
  • Director-facilitator CAPS (Coalition Action for Public Safety) Waikato
  • Radio Show Host You Be The Judge; Highlighting issues that impact on the community
  • Project Rainbow documentary making on social issues in the community
  • Native Assessor; Nga Uri Whakatupuranga O Maukoro - Sovereign Native Court
  • Private Māori Counselling Practice for Nga Kaitiaki O Te Ture Social Advocate Services
  • NZAC & Web site portfolio for Te Whariki Tautoko Māori Practitioners Governing Body
  • Prior to joining Wintec in February 2004: Co-ordinator and Chairman Alternatives to Violence Project Waikato; Supervisor Security Officer - Hamilton Security Services

Research and Scholarly Activity

  • Dissertation-Thesis; Māori Show Bands; Intrepid Journeys.