Tina Waru is an Indigenous Māori woman from the Taranaki, Ngāti Kurī and Ngā Puhi tribes of New Zealand living in Melbourne Australia. Having left school at 14, she worked in a factory sewing sportswear and later trained as a makeup artist before beginning her studies under the New Start program at the University of Auckland successfully completing Postgraduate studies in Psychology, Tina worked in the mental health and education sectors in both New Zealand and Australia for 20 years.
Tina managed the Indigenous portfolio at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, followed by the Manager of Indigenous Health & Policies at the Rural Workforce Agency. From there Tina developed an interest in education and worked for the Inner Melbourne VET Cluster for 5 years establishing their Indigenous sector. Throughout Tina’s career she has been a key contributor toward the development of health and education initiatives for Australian Aboriginal communities.
In 2015 Tina received the Australian of the Day Award for Victoria and nominated for the 2017 Pride of Australia medal.
The Indigenous Runway Project & Global Indigenous Management