Rāwā embodies the rich tapestry of New Zealand's cultural heritage, drawing from Māori, Irish, and Pasifika roots. As an indigenous (tāngata whenua), disabled, and LGBTQIA+ individual, Rāwā brings a unique perspective and lived experience to their mahi.
Their enthusiasm for intersectionality, particularly in disability, indigenous, and LGBTQIA+ rights, drives their work. With a wealth of experience in strategic planning, leadership, and governance, Rāwā has played pivotal roles in various organisations. They have spearheaded impactful projects within the community and in collaboration with governmental bodies, consistently placing people at the core of their endeavors.
Rāwā is a Be. Leadership (2019) and Be. Leadership in Governance (2022) Alumni. They call Ōtautahi | Christchurch home, where they reside with their beloved husband, Frankie Karetai Wood-Bodley (They/Them), their bundle of joy, Hiwa-i-te-Rangi, as well as their two staffy dogs and two feline friends.