Ko Tarawera te maunga
Ko Tarawera te roto
Ko Rangiohia te wharenui
Ko Rangitihi te marae
Ko Te Arawa raua Tainui ōku waka
Ko Ngāti Rangitihi, Ko Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ko Ngāti Raukawa ōku iwi
Ko Tamatekapua tāku tupuna
He mokopuna ahau no Rangitihi Raukawa raua ko Joseph McMinn
Ko Donnarae Raukawa Doughty raua ko Rhys Doughty ōku matua
Ko Dianna Lee Raukawa Doughty tōku ingoa
Ko Rotorua tōku kainga tūturu
Dianna Lee is Ngāti Rangitihi, Tūwharetoa and Ngāti Raukawa and resides on Te Arawa whenua in Rotorua.
Dianna comes to us with a background in Television, Journalism, Communications, Corrections & Disabilities, Hospitality & Tourism, as well as the Performing Arts, Events and Curating Visual Arts.
She worked at Māori Television as the Operations & Facilities Coordinator, Production Assistant, Floor Manager and would perform voice over work in te reo Māori for the daily news, feature films, programmes for tamariki and had an acting role on Mataku.
In 2011 Dianna was given a scholarship to study Bi-Cultural Journalism at Waiariki Institute of Technology, now known as ‘Toi Ohomai’. Her articles were published in the ‘The Daily Post’ newspaper, most of which had a strong focus on telling positive Māori stories from a Māori world view.
After graduating, she quickly moved into a communications role working for her iwi at ‘Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi’.
Once apart of the ‘Whitireia Performing Arts Collective’, Dianna represented New Zealand at World & Indigenous Dance & Music Festivals in Spain, performing Contemporary Pasifika Dance, Cook Island Dance, Samoan Dance and Kapa Haka.
In 2015 Dianna launched an art gallery called ‘Penny Haka Gallery’ which is based in Whakarewarewa, Rotorua. Penny Haka Gallery is a creative space which provides a platform for already established artists to exhibit their work, while including studio space for emerging artists too. This creative mahi allowed Dianna to produce and co-curate many events and exhibtions.
Being a Māmā, she understands the importance of SUDI prevention and commissioned a weaver to weave a wahakura for the birth of her son in 2012, which she still holds dear today and plans to pass on to another precious and treasured pēpi as their safe sleeping moenga.
Her most recent mahi has been communications contract work for Hāpai Te Hauora, as part of the SUDI prevention team and kaupapa. This has allowed her to get a sound understanding of SUDI prevention and the important mahi and kaupapa of weaving wahakura alongside wānanga wahakura. She has enjoyed the opportunity of interviewing and spending time with weavers from all around the mōtu and can see the value in their mahi and expertise, as well as writing stories and profile pieces for the third edition of the ‘Ngā Whenu o te Wahakura’ booklet”.
Dianna’s strength and passion is getting to know people, making connections and telling their stories. She has a strong wāhine and tāne support network with contacts in Māori Health, Media & Communications, and Māori Arts & Events and is connected to the Whānau Ora landscape.