Waina Pene is Tangata Whenua, a descendant of Ngati Rangi and Nagti Kahungunu to Aotearoa. She has three children in whom she adores and have been her greatest teachers.
As the daughter of Ngati Rangi, from the mountain of Koro Ruapehu, she began, out of the depths of Koro Ruapehu her rise and fall as waters of Whangaehu joining the mountains to the sea.
To the coastal origins of Ngati Kahungunu, daughter of the same devine waters traversing out of the belly of Papatuanuku our earth mother and ancient one. Arrive at the gateway of the fertile Heretaunga plains. It is under the hills of Pekapeka you will find her residing in the place she calls home.
Under the mantel of Kahuranaki with the mandering flow of the Tukituki river to greet the awaiting arms of Tangaroa, the sea.
Waina has close to 20yrs working as a social work practitioner. Central to her role as a Social worker her passion as a healer gained strength and connection through the guidance of spiritual elements.
Having witnessed first hand the struggles and conflicts of her people enforced through colonization and its transfer from generation to generation, Waina has more recently focused on her teaching of a new generation of social workers.
The focus of Waina’s teaching methodology is in her peoples connection to wairua, their spirituality and connection to genealogy that embeds their land and life force as a living breathing entity. It is here in this life journey that Waina draws from spiritual elements simultaneously together in enhancing her students own individual life experience in allowing them to become practitioners in the field.