Qiane Matata-Sipu MC/Entertainer Profile


Multimedia producer and Indigenous change-maker championing women and changing the world one story at a time

Qiane moves with mana, and it moves with her. A key name in Aotearoa’s creative industries, Qiane Matata-Sipu has been changing narratives through practice for more than a decade, both locally and in the wider Asia-Pacific. An esteemed Māori-Pasifika creative, founding member of Protect Ihumātao SOUL, consistent community voice and 2021 Women of Influence Awards Arts and Culture, Qiane’s mahi ticks ALL the creative boxes… But the writer, photographer and activist’s work revolves around one constant: kōrero, storytelling. Recognising the enrichment and joy storytelling offers Indigenous women, Qiane – of NZ Māori and Cook Island Māori descent (Te Waiohua ki te Ahiwaru me te Ākitai, Waikato, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Pikiao; Rarotonga and Mangaia) founded NUKU to meet them there. Storytelling platform NUKU, much like Qiane, amplifies the voices of Indigenous women– through podcasts (100 of them!), photography, art, literature and live events. And Qiane walks the talk. A memorable and moving speaker and panellist, her creative-political voice and integrity is as expansive and fluid as the work she oversees. Whether Qiane Matata-Sipu is addressing her own, speaking on behalf or developing framework anew, her presence offers a cultural authority that can not be replicated.




Cook Island Maori, Māori


Te Waiohua ki te Ahiwaru me te Ākitai, Waikato, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Pikiao; Rarotonga and Mangaia


Tāmaki Makaurau, New Zealand


Facilitator, Interviewer, MC, Photography, Speaker, Strategy & Leadership


Environmental protection, Indigenous knowledge, Social and system change, Te Reo and Te Ao Māori, Women (particularly Indigenous women)

Speaking Topics

Identity and culture, Indigenous Campaigning, Indigenous knowledge and practice as the blueprint for living well, infertility, miscarriage, pregnancy and the power of te whare Tangata, Self-publishing/story sovereignty, The Power of Storytelling, Women

Event Highlights

2022M9 - Speaker
2022NUKU Live - MC, Speaker, Facilitator
2022Various Writers and Arts Festivals - Speaker, facilitator, panelist

Testimonials (2)

2022 New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Ye

Qiane is a remarkable wahine who speaks from the heart, is instantly relatable to a broad audience and invites them in to consider a perspective within the realm of Te Ao Māori. She does this in a way that is humorous, self-deprecating, accessible, and yet at the same time challenging. I don’t think there was anyone in the room who didn’t have cause to consider their own perspectives, or didn’t enjoy the invitation to try.

James Frankham | Publisher

NZ Geographic