MEET GINA TAVIONI BAMBER
Gina Tavioni Bamber is the niece of Mike & Awhitia.
Mike is the elder brother of Gina's late Mother,
Gina is Mikes acting executive assistant and the administrator and
co-ordinator for all operations at the Vananga
working with individuals and groups to develop and arrange
• Visits to Gallery Tavioni & Vananga
• Conversational Maori classes for adults
• Community outreach and engagement
• Assisting with Mikes research and publications
• Event management such as art exhibitions
• Project Management and collaboration such as with the
Cook Islands Voyaging Society to design the successful project
Te Mana o te Vaka
Gina’s time with her Uncle Mike has revitalised a passion for culture
and heritage practices, something she first became inspired by and engaged in with her Mother.
"My focus is on cultural education through the learning that can only be taught to us by our Pa Metua (generation of our parents).
Our elders are so important to our community.
My parents, uncles and aunties have taught me a lot growing up.
Uncle Mike is a mentor to me. My focus is on supporting that transition of knowledge to others, with gentleness and respect of those who have come before me and shared their knowledge with me."
Gina with her kids
H.E. Laurence Beau
Dr Lelemia Irvine
Group visit, Sep 2023