Indigenous Queens and Qings, welcome to iQ Talanoa! This is a space for sharing stories, discussion, songs, and poetry. Education, wellbeing, creativity, culture and identity are all on the table, as well as information and advice on returning to study as a mature student.
Returning to study in her 40s, Maureen found little support for mature students juggling study with work, family, and all of life’s other responsibilities. She created iQ Talanoa to provide that much-needed space and support, and it has been growing ever since. Mother to five, nana to three (and counting), and she is currently undertaking a Philosophy Doctorate with the faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies at Waikato University.
Mataniu has worked for 30 years as an educator in NZ, Sāmoa and in Hawaii, where she met her now husband. A mother and animal lover, she has four children and two cats. Outside the classroom she’s gained a reputation on the gridiron field, joining the Papatoetoe Wildcats in 2019. The team went on to win the cup that year and the next, before Mata hung up her helmet to pursue less physically intense interests, including poetry.