Standing in Te Tai Tokerau
Janice Epiha is of Ngati Ruru, Ngati Rangi, Atihaunui A Paparangi, and Ngati Uenuku descent. Studied at Te Wananga O Raukawa graduating with a Masters Degree in Maori & Management. On the completion of her degree, she worked for Ngati Rangi for 10 years as the Claims Manager.
She was able to negotiate contracts with CFRT for Ngati Rangi taking them through the Treaty process within the Tongariro National Park and Whanganui Inquiry Districts. This position allowed Janice to engage in interpersonal relationship skills, which were required to navigate the many obstacles caused by being disenfranchised from the lands.
It has also equipped her with extensive knowledge in negotiating funding applications She has worked for Te Rūnanga o Whaingaroa for two years and resigned to support her husband and the “He Kakano Housing Project” in Kaikohe. Supporting her husband’s whanau Ngāti Kura is her way of giving back to the community while maintaining her close connections with her own hapu and iwi.