Tina Ngata is an advocate for sustainability and indigenous rights. Her primary role is her lectureship at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (the world’s largest indigenous tertiary education provider) where she delivers the Bachelor’s Degree in Māori Advancement in the Environment (Te Mana Ao Tūroa). Tina works in a number of local environmental initiatives relating to community-based water monitoring; an indigenous floating wetlands treatment project; an advisor on the District Council Wastewater Technical Advisory group, a national board member of Para Kore (marae waste minimisation initiative), and mentoring local Māori youth conservation group Ngā Tama Toa o Waihīrere Eco-Warriors.
As of January 2014, she also committed to a personal plastic purchasing ban. Her experiences and challenges in this journey are disseminated via a blog page, twitter, and facebook community called “The Non-Plastic Māori”.
Tina utilises this platform to provide information and provoke discussion around personal choices, beliefs, and behaviours that can facilitate environmental change, and in particular how these issues relate to our sense of kaitiakitanga (customary Māori custodianship).