IWI: Ngāti Maniapoto
Age: 21 years old
Originally from: Innisfail
Nate has matured a lot in a year. Still in a relationship with Brooke, Nate is beginning a cultural journey to find out where he is from. He is ambivalent about his Māori culture as he was raised by his Australian mother after his father left the two of them when he was very little. Nate has only met his father once and he is now determined to find some answers to who he really is. Luckily his girlfriend, Brookie is with him every step of the way.
IWI: Ngāti Te Ata
Age: 20 years old
Occupation: Executive Assistant
Brooke is Nate’s better half. She often corrects him and believes she has changed him over the past year that they have been together. An Executive Assistant, Brooke is well grounded and isn’t afraid to stand up for herself. In the same instance she is also very shy and would prefer to let others be the centre on attention. Brought up in New Zealand Brooke often struggled with her identity as she was often teased for not looking Māori at the bi-lingual High School she attended in South Auckland.