We are so excited to introduce the newest member of the Rainbow Muse Clinic Team!
Ko Taratara te Maunga
Ko Mamari te Waka
Ko O Tangaroa te Moana
Ariki ā ko Kahukura Ariki te Marae
Ko Ngāti Kahu Ki Whangaroa te Iwi
Taratara is my Mountain
Mamari is my Canoe
O Tangaroa is my Ocean
Ariki and Kahukura Ariki are my Tribal meeting houses
Ngāti Kahu Ki Whangaroa is my Tribe
Iwi (New Zealand Tribal) Affiliation: Ngāti Kahu Ki Whangaroa, Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau-A-Kai, Te Aitanga A Mahaki
My name is Rawinia she/her. I am of Māori and Irish Australian descent. I was born and raised at the bottom of the South Island of New Zealand. From a very young age, I felt the inequity and devastating impact of colonisation all around me. Although too young to comprehend the colonial systems and structures of power, I felt the detrimental effect of them being raised as a young Māori woman in a non-Māori rural New Zealand community.
My life experiences led me to pursue academia, which led me to Community psychology. Community Psychology’s values and core principles are what I feel best align with my worldview and values as a proud indigenous woman. I am on my pathway to registration as a community psychologist, having recently returned to Melbourne, where I currently work as a therapeutic youth worker and now a therapeutic support worker with Rainbow Muse clinic!
I am an advocate for the utilisation of indigenous psychology, knowledge systems and ways of being - with each other and our environment to promote better health outcomes for all people. I have an intrinsic interest and passion for traditional indigenous health and wellbeing practices. I am also passionate about anti-racism work, social justice, music, the arts and travel.
I am deeply invested in contributing to the establishment of equality for all marginalised groups. I believe my gift of mātauranga māori (Indigenous New Zealand knowledge systems) will assist me greatly in championing equitable health outcomes for all marginalised and oppressed groups.
I have worked across Australasia in hospitality which has strengthened my skill set considerably. I am an empathetic and compassionate people person, I thrive off supporting and empowering individuals and communities to honour themselves, their culture and their cultural values. I believe it is essential to continuously question the colonial systems and structures perpetuating violence against marginalised groups.
Through safe community led and driven, acknowledgement, incorporation and utilisation of indigenous and cultural knowledge systems, methodologies and practices of healing. I believe we can achieve equitable and sustainable well-rounded, holistic health outcomes for all people.
I believe there is no one “right” or “correct” way of being in this world and look forward greatly to working with the Rainbow Muse Clinic community.
We are so privileged to have Rawinia onboard. She is available to support existing clients as well as take on some newbies of her own.
Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or chat to your RM Therapist to find out how you can work with Rawinia