16th Reintegration Puzzle Conference

Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
1-3 March 2023

Changing Seasons,
Changing Lives

Peter Sciascia

Kaiwhakahaere Matua (Cultural Strategy and Relationships Lead)
Odyssey House

My name is Peter Sciascia and I am of Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāti Porou descent. I have an extensive background in Mātauranga Māori.  I worked for 12 years at Te Wānanga-o-Raukawa (TwoR) in various roles:  as a Pūkenga Mātauranga, lecturing in the Mātauranga Māori degree, and Acting Director of the degree.

During my time at TWoR I taught students about Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi under the guidance of Whatarangi Winiata, as well as other aspects of Mātauranga Māori. The Mātauranga Māori degree was delivered at multiple sites around the country which gave me a good understanding of the tikanga and world view of many of the main iwi in Āotearoa.

I’ve been working for Odyssey Auckland since 2021, firstly as Principal Tikanga Advisor and then as Kaiwhakahaere Matua (Māori Strategic Lead) working on the embedding of tikanga, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and partnership with iwi into the organisation.