Toluma’anave Barbara Makuati-Afitu [Barbara]

Co–Founder, Lagi–Maama

Along with Kolokesa Uafā Māhina-Tuai, Barbara is the co-founder of cultural organisation Lagi-Maama.

In her work she navigates different spaces to champion communities; thinking critically about how to genuinely and inclusively make Aotearoa New Zealand the diverse nation it claims to be.

With a background in stakeholder management, Barbara is passionate about building community engagement, supporting and creating safer spaces for our arts communities. In 2019, Barbara joined the Arts Foundation as Arts Liaison Co–Lead, bringing with her the same warmth and energy that defines Lagi–Maama. We can’t wait to hear what she has to say!