Nga Tawa Old Girl, Miria Pomare (1984-1988) gave students, their families and staff plenty to ponder after her outstanding speech to prizegiving 2019.
Miria was Head Chorister, the first ever Head of Humanities, a Nga Tawa tie recipient and a member of the 1st XI Hockey and Cricket.
In her presentation she reminisced about her journey from marae life to living at Nga Tawa and the path it has set her on in her adult life. Miria is an Environmental Commissioner with extensive experience in local government issues and Maori resource management. She has held various iwi representative roles over the years and has been appointed to dozens of hearings in relation to resource consent applications and environmental policies and plans. In addition to her local government work, Miria has also been appointed to the Environment Court as a Deputy Commissioner where she sits alongside Judges in determining issues on appeal.