Tiana Matiu
National Tobacco Control Advocacy Service
Minimising Gambling Harm National Coordination
Minimising Gambling Harm Workforce Development
Administrative Coordinator

Ki te taha o toku koroua
Ko Maramarua te maunga
Ko Perunui te awa
Ko Ngātokimatawhaora te waka
Ko Te Ngahengahe ki Motukiore te hapū
Ko Ngāpuhi te iwi
Ko Motukiore te marae
Nō Motukiore ahau
Ko Matiu raua ko Puru oku whānau ingoa

Ki te taha o toku kuia
Ko Whangatauatia te maunga
Ko Wainui te awa
Ko Tinana te waka
Ko Parewhero te hapū
Ko Te Rarawa te iwi
Ko Roma te marae
Nō Ahipara ahau
Ko Samuels raua ko Snowden oku whānau ingoa
Ko Tiana Matiu toku ingoa

Tiana was born and raised on Auckland's North Shore but she calls the Far (Far) North home. After being the first in her whānau to graduate from College, Tiana decided to head straight into the workforce, until she decided on a career pathway. For 12 years Tiana worked as an administrator in various industries, including building surveyors, insurance, logistics, mechanics and park spaces. After a year-long sting in Aussie, Tiana returned home, where she woke up one day determined to help rangatahi improve their mental health and realise their full potential.

Since this realisation, Tiana has been working towards achieving her dreams by completing her studies and working in Aotearoa’s largest Māori Public Health organisation. During her time at Hāpai, Tiana has been in the Māori Public Health Leadership team, where she was fortunate enough to learn and help develop, implement and evaluate projects, including Mental Health Awareness Week and Fizz Free Whānau. After completing some training last year, Tiana realised that the mahi she does at Hāpai, needs to also be done with her own whānau, which led her to make the decision to move back to Motukiore – the first in four generations from her whānau to live there – so that she can help her whānau overcome their own struggles and heal their own intergenerational trauma.