Mereana Hanrahan (Te Arawa) is one of our four apprentice field rangers for the Taranaki Mounga Project.
Moving from Maketu in the Bay of Plenty, Mereana enjoys the variety of her role. Whether it is toutouwai / North Island robin monitoring, servicing traplines or supporting our research work, Mereana is learning skills and embracing new experiences.
She particularly enjoys learning about the different manu on the Mounga, as well as understanding the different flora and fauna, and how they are used in rongoā.
Mereana is currently learning Te Reo Māori which she is looking forward to using her reo and te ao Māori in all aspects of her life. She is also studying towards his NZ Certificate in Pest Operations Level 3 from Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT). She is also looking forward to discovering more of the region and setting firm roots at the foot of our tupuna mounga.
Mereana’s role is supported by the Predator Free 2050 Trust Apprentice programme.