MAY LEE ALLEN
TAKAWAENGA KAIĀWHINA: KAIĀWHINA LIAISON
Ngāi Pakeha/ Ngai Haina
Tena tatou! My ancestors are from England, China, Scotland and Wales but I was born in Aotearoa and grew up in Papakura, South Auckland. It was there that I began my kapahaka and Te Reo Maori journey.
From kapahaka I was able to move into other performing arts. I trained as a dance teacher, then as a school teacher, and have worked in classrooms, studios, on screen and on stage here in the UK, in NZ and the UAE. I have been involved in Ngati Ranana since 2013, a kaiawhina since 2015, and on the committee since 2017.
As Kaiawhina Liaison it’s my job to ensure our club members are looked after, and our practices and performances run smoothly. I’m especially proud of how hard our roopu has worked to keep Ngati Ranana members united despite the physical distance caused by the pandemic and am looking forward to meeting again kanohi ki te kanohi soon.