Hinerangi is a highly skilled and experienced project and relationships manager, researcher and facilitator. Her wide-ranging networks span twenty years’ of experience working with people in their communities, senior executives within iwi and central and local government. She has been an independent freelance contractor for over twenty years working mainly in the Maori cultural heritage and creative design projects.
She is currently the Principal Advisor Māori on the 'Preserving the Memory of the Nations' programme. This programme is a multi-year programme working to upgrade and expand the physical infrastructure, storage capacity, and digital support for Archives New Zealand and the National Library. From 2015 -2018, Hinerangi worked as the Principal Advisor Maori on the He Tohu project and the results were the award winning 25 year exhibition of the same name, He Tohu.
He Tohu is a permanent exhibition of 3 iconic constitutional documents that shape Aotearoa New Zealand.
He Whakaputanga — Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand
Te Tiriti o Waitangi — Treaty of Waitangi
Women's Suffrage Petition — Te Petihana Whakamana Pōti Wahine
These fragile and priceless documents are now situated in the document room, which is inspired by the form and function of a waka huia – treasure container. The state-of-the-art conservation space, designed to preserve the documents for generations to come.
Her role in this project involved working with mana whenua iwi in Poneke Te Ati Awa and Ngati Toa, Ngapuhi-nui-tonu leaders and iwi leaders from throughout the country to support the project . She also bought together appropriate experts and exponents in tikanga Maori from around the country to assist He Tohu in it's development. Hinerangi worked across all teams in the project from writers, conservators, designers, architect and historians to ensure that Maori perspectives, values and views were incorporated into the exhibition in a well balanced and genuine way. As a result of this work, she now has a particular interest in projects that provide opportunities to honour and celebrate our history, and develop opportunities to educate our nations young people about the past and the relevance of it today and tomorrow.
Hinerangi and her whanau have resided in te Tai Tokerau - Northland since 2004 and enjoy the rural lifestyle which enables them to be active members of their marae, whanau and community. Her husband Bernard Makoare is a practicing artist, carver and designer, and they often collaborate on their projects. Both Bernard and Hinerangi are the current chair's for their respective marae. Together they have six children and two mokopuna.
Specialties: Community engagement, Research, report critquing, problem-solving, building and maintaining relationships.