Che Wilson

Che Wilson was raised as part of a large extended whānau (family) at the foothills of Mount Ruapehu and has been involved in tribal activities and leadership from a young age.

Che is currently self-employed and is the Chief Negotiator for his iwi Ngāti Rangi to settlement historical grievances with the NZ government. Che is also a board member on Ātihau-Whanganui Incorporation that produces red meat, dairy, fibre and manuka honey and is the chair of Te Reo o Whanganui, a board focused on the revilatisation of the Whanganui dialect.

He has chaired his iwi rūnanga (tribal council) and iwi trust and been a member of several other boards including government and philanthropic appointments. Che has also worked for other tribes to help him take the learning back for his own people, he was part of the first delegation of Te Hono Movement in 2013 to Stanford University and been on a number of Ministerial and private sector delegations aboard.

Che will be sharing the journey for his peoples of the Whanganui and Whangaehu rivers. The Whanganui river is the first river ever to be given legal personality after over a century of various legal actions and the Whangaehu is the neighbouring catchment that has recently been given Statutory Recognition.

Che is married to Riria Te Kanawa and they have two children: Hinerauhamoa and Te Kanawa. They currently live in Wellington and will be moving to Hamilton to be closer to Riria’s tribes.

Christina Salmon-Bringhurst

Christina Salmon-Bringhurst is currently the manager of Iliaska Environmental LLC. She sits on the Lake and Peninsula Borough Assembly as a member and also manages Igiugig Native Corporation's Land Use program. Christina is an active member of the Igiugig Village Council and Igiugig Native Corporation. She enjoys subsistence activities, is an environmental activist and a mother of three, almost four.

AlexAnna Salmon

AlexAnna Salmon was raised in the Village of Igiugig, and is Yup'ik and Aleut. She is the granddaughter of John and Mary Olympic, and the second oldest of Dan and Julia Salmon. She has a dual Bachelor’s degree in Native American Studies and Anthropology from Dartmouth College and currently works for the Igiugig Tribal Village Council as President and Project Director for an ANA language preservation and maintenance grant. She also serves as a member of the Igiugig Native Corporation board, a Commissioner on the Lake and Peninsula Borough Planning Commission, and helps to manage several local businesses. She is raising six children in Igiugig, and loves putting up fish, doing cultural activities with elders and youth, and traveling the world.