I ngā rekereke o Tāwhitirahi whakawhānauhia mai ai te wahine nei ki tōna ao, ana, kei reira ōna tātai whakapapa, tae atu rā ki te tihi o Pupuke, ki Tāhawai nōki. Ko ōna mate katoa, kei reira. Ā, ko āna mahi katoa, mō te Nōta te take.
Mariameno’s whakapapa binds her to the independent nations of Te Aupōuri and Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa. She is Te Tai Tokerau through and through and makes no apology for that. While born and bred in the North, and having spent most of her professional life there working for various iwi constituencies, she has also worked in Māori health spaces across the motu. In particular, Mariameno has traversed the mental health space, with specific regard to young Māori who suffer from mental illness. Through all of her mahi she has gained a wealth of experience and a rich appreciation for Māori governance in working for her own iwi, as well as te iwi Māori whānui.
Mariameno has helped to drive Kāinga Ora, an initiative focussed on empowering whānau to secure healthy homes. And more recently, Mariameno has been involved in securing temporary housing for whānau Māori in the north who have found themselves in desperate situations, with the ultimate goal of providing proper and permanent housing.
A mother of triplets and a daughter, Mariameno draws strength from her past, present and future whakapapa, and puts whānau at the centre of everything she does. She looks forward to the opportunity to take part in the Māori Party movement. E te iwi, tēnā koutou katoa!