Marie was born in Manila, raised in Auckland and currently works on major infrastructure projects at Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. Marie is a 'third culture kid' dreaming of equitable and inclusive cities for all. She is a part of the Multi-Ethnic Young Leaders Network and Authenticity Aotearoa. Marie explains urban planning and her passion for putting an ethnic lens on it, and she and Elina discuss identity and her feelings of not doing enough when it comes to being an activist and migrant relationships with tāngata whenua.
In this one-off special, Planet FM presents a snapshot of Te Matatini 2023, with vox-pops and interviews undertaken in the marketplace at Ana Wai / Eden Park where the festival took place. A celebration of the best of Kapa Haka across Aotearoa New Zealand, this year's Te Matatini festival was hosted by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.