Founding member and Kaiwhakarite Education/Training (QSM)
Ariana Simpson was one of the founding members of New Zealand's first Māori Women's Refuge in 1987. She is a strong advocate for social change around violence to women and their children. She has strong working relationships with iwi and has regional and national experience in developing partnerships between iwi and Māori service providers.
Ariana is the co-opted cultural advisor of the Waikato Women's Refuge.
She received the Queen's Service Medal in 2012.