Mike Ross (Ngāti Hauā) is a Lecturer in Māori Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, where his research focuses particularly on issues relating to iwi history, development and governance. Before coming to Victoria, he worked at Te Wānanga o Raukawa. Prior to pursuing an academic career, he spent many years in youth and community work.
Judy Kumeroa is manager and youth worker at Te Ora Hou Whanganui, where she has worked with Whanganui’s young people for 25 years. She and her husband have fostered countless young people, and also volunteer for the community action event Stone Soup, which is held every eight weeks and attracts about 400 families for hāngi, games and music.