Hannah Chapman lives with her children Canaan, Josiah, and Psalm in Christchurch. Prior to the move south, Hannah lived with her family in Turangi on the ancestral lands of her hapū, Ngāti Turangitukua. Together they would facilitate experiences for people who wish to engage with the question of what it means to be people of Aotearoa. Her ancestors settled in the area some 500 years ago, occupying the lands as Kaitiaki (caregivers/custodians) ever since. Passionate about the restoration of indigenous people to their God-given identity and cultures, Hannah co-founded iEmergence, an organisation that supports indigenous youth development in the Philippines and Canada. In 2015 Hannah also co-founded and remains in a leadership position with Good Water, a gathering which creates space for indigenous Christians to explore culture, identity and faith.
Hannah’s role with Venn Foundation is focussed on advancing the integration of Te Aō Māori through the educational contexts and to foster Venn’s engagement with Tangata Whenua. She also works for the Parenting Place as National Manager of Building Awesome Whānau.