Meet Our Team

Dr Elizabeth Kerekere

Dr Elizabeth Kerekere

Aotearoa New Zealand

Elizabeth identifies as takatāpui – a traditional term which embraces all Māori with diverse genders, sexualities and sex characteristics and connects us to our ancestors and spirituality. As indigenous people on colonized land, takatāpui reclaim our histories, identities and rights. Elizabeth has guided this work for almost 20 years including writing the first major study (PhD) and two suicide prevention resources. Elizabeth also identifies as lesbian femme and has worked in LGBTIQ communities for nearly 30 years. Elizabeth founded Tīwhanawhana Trust in 2001 for takatāpui to “tell our stories, build our communities and leave a legacy.” She leads Tīwhanawhana’s political work to reflect the connectedness of all things. This includes local and national projects in primary health care, mental health, sexual health, suicide prevention, human rights, education, youth development, youth leadership, housing, homelessness, research; and sexual, intimate partner and other violence. Key projects include the Intersex Roundtable, ILGA World Conference 2019, developing a ‘Healthy Rainbow Relationships’ resource/model and spearheading an inter sectional and inter generational National Rainbow Strategy. Elizabeth mentors many LGBTIQ youth leaders, and sits on the national Boards of LAGANZ (Rainbow Archives) and Ara Taiohi (Co-Chair - youth development). She is also an artist whose work is on permanent display in Parliament and the United Nations in New York. Elizabeth designed the logo for this conference.