Maihi-Makiha-Whanau-LivingName: Maihi Makiha
Iwi: Te Rarawa, NgāPuhi
Occupation: Māori Community Engagement Co-ordinator for NZ Aids Foundation

Maihi is our new Craft and Design presenter for Whānau Living .  He says it is a dream come true to be able to finally have the opportunity to combine interior design and ngā mahi Toi (making artworks) in one space.

Since Maihi was young he has had that “flair” for making things look nice.  From turning their wharekai (dining hall) into a 5 star restaurant, to transforming his Nanny’s antique furniture, silver wear and many other items.

His passion for design and crafts led Maihi to jobs with IKEA in Australia and Kotuku Events which catered for everything from from wedding planning to stylising corporate shows.

Maihi is a respected member of the Takataapui community.  He brings a wealth of knowledge and dynamic energy to his role in Whānau Living.