Sheridan Waitai

Sheridan Waitai

Sheridan Waitai

Sheridan’s tribal affiliations are Ngāti Kuri, Te Rarawa, Ngai Takoto, and Tainui.  She grew up in Te Hiku o te Ika and have contributed to social and health projects and initiatives.  Sheridan is passionate about education, health and social wellbeing.  She has a good understanding of legislative and policy environment in relation to indigenous issues.

At 18 years of age she and her sisters opened a childcare centre in Awanui; a small successful family business that has been operating for over 14 years.

Sheridan has become a resource person to a number of people and initiatives across the country and has inherited her late grandmother Saana Murray’s passion for the welfare of Ngāti Kuri.  She has participated in a number of boards and has experience in the management of forums and governance strategy groups.

Sheridan and her three teenage children are avid collectors of plants for the use of rongoa.  She also is a member of the Wharewhiri Toi Raranga Roopu, supporting in administration, capability planning and raranga wananga.

“I want to contribute in a meaningful way that supports Ngāti Kuri, cultural revitalisation, Ngāti Kuri, kaitiaki of our taonga,alive and vibrant Ngāti Kuri Whanau, hapu and iwi.”

Ngāti Kuri tona tikanga, Ngāti Kuri tona Rangatira.