Rita Tupe Ngāi Tūhoe – Ngāti Haka Patuheuheu; Ngāti Raukawa te Au ki te Tonga – Ngāti Manomono; Ngāti Pikiahuwaewae.
Rita has worked as a Tohunga in her field for over 20 years. She is the founder and current Kaiwhakahaere of Te Tapenakara mo te Iwi Charitable Trust who has serviced the wider Bay of Plenty, Aotearoa and beyond delivering Rongoā Māori, Mirimiri and Wairua Healing. She is a past governance member of Ngā Ringa Whakahaere mo te Iwi Māori and has advocated on behalf of Whare Oranga and Rongoā Māori Practitioners at governance level. She is currently a Trustee/Kaiako for Te Korowai Aroha o Aotearoa delivering indigenous training around the mot; she is also a member of the Te Ao Marama Whānau Ora Collective; made up of various providers within the Ngāi Tūhoe, Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāi Tai and Whakatohea rohe. She is committed to Whānau, Hapū and Iwi and has dedicated her life to the continuation of traditional Rongoā Māori practices in to the future.