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Renowned MC and advocate for positive change


21 years ‘clean’ from drug & alcohol addiction and work in the NZ sex industry, Ninakaye Taane-Tinorau has been moving audiences globally as both a captivating public speaker and skilled MC, sharing insightful gems of courage, resilience and transformation from her colourful life’s journey.

In her day job, Ninakaye manages major NZ artist and producer Tiki Taane (did we mention he’s her brother?), is a Trustee of the Maori Music Industry Coalition and mentors via the Aotearoa Music Managers Forum. Ninakaye facilitates workshops in ‘Professional Respect: Sexual Harm Prevention’ both within the music industry and the screen sector, and shares ancient Egyptian wellbeing and transformation practice via her Kemetic Yoga training.

An activist, activator, mother and grandmother, Ninakaye is an ambassador for the global indigenous ‘My Sisters Are Warriors’ movement. A dynamic thinker and versatile mover, her family awarded her the title of ‘human Swiss Army knife’, reflected in her extensive background of work across the Public Health, Event Management, Film / TV and Yoga & Fitness industries.

Ninakaye is of Ngati Maniapoto descent, is versed in Tikanga Maori, and conversational in Te Reo Maori.

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