Komene Cassidy (Ngāpuhi, Ngāi Takoto) is the kaihautū of He Waka Kōtuia Trust, which helps build strong, culturally competent, linguistically capable young people in the Dunedin and Ngāi Tahu communities. A graduate of Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo – The Institute of Excellence in Te Reo Māori, Komene has taught the level six te reo certificate Te Aupikitanga at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. He is the chief translator for the University of Otago through the Office of Māori Development. He and partner Paulette are fully committed and involved in the revitalisation of te reo and tikaka/customs among Ngāi Tahu whānui and the community.
Komene Cassidy at DWRF 2019
The Te Reo Boom