Danielle - Kaimahi - Writer of Section 27 Reports.

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Ko Maungataniwha te maunga
(Maungataniwha is the mountain)

Ko Tokerau te moana
(Tokerau is the sea),

Ko Mamaru te waka,
(Mamaru is the canoe)

Ko Irish, Scottish, Danish e Ngāti Kahu te iwi,
(The tribal group / descendants are Irish, Scottish, Danish e Ngāti Kahu,)

Nō Wairarapa ahau,
(I am from the Wairarapa)

Ko Danielle Turnbull tōku ingoa,
(My name is Danielle Turnbull)

Tēnā koutou, Tēnā koutou, Tēnā koutou katoa,
(Greetings, greetings, greetings to you all)

I am a champion of openness, fair justice, ethics, and standards that align with the mahi of Cultural Reports NZ. Through being a coach and an accredited mediator, I have developed and established primary skills of active and non-judgmental listening that quickly establishes trust with people I interact with. 

I graduated with a Master of Legal Studies (Distinction) from the University of Auckland in 2022 where I was privileged to learn from the best lawyers and legal academics in New Zealand, and arguably the world. Through their tutelage, I developed my legal writing and critical thinking skills, both of which I bring to the work I am honoured to do for Cultural Reports NZ. Shortly after completing my Masters, I embarked on a Bachelor of Laws because I love the law and it is part of my lineage. 

Social justice and fairness run in my whānau, and I come from a long line of lawyers (dating back to at least the 14th Century). Having grown up around lawyers (family and friends), it was only a matter of time before I joined the fold – better late than never I say! 

My connection to family (past and present) is my strength and I was privileged to spend my foundational years living in Hong Kong amongst a plethora of cultures. Exposure to a multitude of cultures enables me to effectively communicate with a broad range of groups, which underpins my passion to work hard for the betterment of society. The recent connection to my whakapapa Ngāpuhi / Ngāti Kahu has added immense value to my life by further strengthening my identity in this world, which I plan to enhance by learning te reo Māori.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family, friends, learning about different cultures, cooking up a storm in the kitchen, and being at university. I am (and probably will always be) a perpetual student both in life and in the classroom