The Te Ārai Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group’s Kāhui Kaumātua Advisory Group and the Pae Herenga research team are very grateful to the artist Sofia Minson for her generous contribution to the Te Ipu Aronui website. We value being able to show Sofia’s inspired work alongside the pūrākau gifted by the research participants.

Sofia Minson

Sofia Minson is an indigenous artist based in Auckland. Inspired by her Ngāti Porou, Māori, English, Swedish and Irish heritage, Sofia paints striking and sacred art exploring themes of Māori mythology, Mana Wahine (Divine Feminine), and the mana (integrity) of generations past. If you would like to see more of her work, visit Sofia at


The Pae Herenga team would like to acknowledge the support of the Health Research Council and their Māori research team for the financial support we received to conduct the Pae Herenga study (HRC 17/309). Specifically, we would like to thank Mr Stacey Pene and Le-Shan Pomana-Wesley.

We are grateful for the services of Eddie Marriott and Emily Bradley from Roll Camera for their support in producing the audio of the karanga and the video of the mihi on the Te Ipu Aronui homepage.

The Pae Herenga research team would like to thank the following people for their help in bringing Te Ipu Aronui into te ao marama (daylight). We are grateful for their encouraging feedback on early iterations of website sections:

Dr. Ralph Wiles

Jenny Coleman

Donna Kerridge

We are indebted to the Department of Conservation (NZ) for the use of their ‘Tui’ audio track which augments the karanga by Kuia Whio Wharemate Hansen.

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