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Terori Hareko-Avaivilla
KWT Board Member 
BIO

Terori is a First Nation Artist, cultural knowledge keeper, cultural educator, cultural mentor and water ceremony holder. Her cultural knowledge journey comes from her elders and traditional knowledge keepers. Terori celebrates her First Nation songlines of Papua New Guinea, the Torres Straits and Samoa. She is the founder and director of Salt Studio Consultancy, with over 20 years of community development and project management experience. 


Terori's work and practice are framed on the principles of human rights, social justice and cultural strengthening. The consultancy's work builds opportunities for cross cultural engagement between First Nations people and newly arrived communities. Especially with the African and Pasifica communities to come together in shared knowledge building and healing. 


Terori comes from a health, community services and cultural consultancy back ground with many years of strategic and project planning, policy advice, development, and project Implementation. Terori has a passion in project collaboration, community engagement, program design and cross cultural partnerships facilitation, as well as having wide and various networks within her First Nation communities in Victoria. 


Terori has sat on many advisory committees over her career, including being Vice-President and President of the Weenthunga Health Network, Co-Chair OSWA Indigenous Advisory Committee, Advisory member on Reconciliation committees for Royal Women's Hospital, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Royal Children's Hospital, Cohealth, and the metro water corps - Yarra Valley Water, South East Water, Melbourne Water and City West Water. Terori is a current board member of Koondee Wonga-gat Toor-rong. 


In 2005, Terori was the recipient of Victorian State Training Awards, Trainee of the year. In 2015, Terori was the recipient of the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership - Emerging Leader Award, for her commitment to Women's Health Education. And in 2020 she was award the Indigenous Employment Partners 'Strong Sista' award for her work and commitment to her community.

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