Michelle Tuahine is a proud descendant of the Gangulu people of Central Queensland and Ngāti Kahungunu iwi of New Zealand’s North Island.
A veteran of Indigenous media, Michelle brings to the committee strong journalistic skills having worked in the 1990’s with ABC Television and in the mid-2000’s with NITV, SBS and the National Indigenous Radio Service.
For almost a decade Michelle has served as a member of the Indigenous Advisory Group for the Brisbane Festival - Queensland’s largest arts and culture event. Since 2018, Michelle has been the Chair of the IAG, steering the festival toward a deeper respect and understanding of First Nations culture.
In 2018, Michelle also became the first Indigenous Board member of ‘Flying Arts’ - a not-for-profit organisation that supports the growth, life-long practice, and appreciation of the visual arts for regional, rural and remote Queenslanders.
Michelle’s leadership is helping shape a vibrant and robust arts industry that values cultural integrity, Truth-telling, and the importance of First Nations stewardship.
Commitment to NAIDOC:
NAIDOC Week inspires me to celebrate, commemorate, and give thanks for the strength and legacy of those who have gone before us, and reminds me of the freedoms hard fought for us to enjoy.