Ngati Whakaue, Ngati Rangiwewehi
Kahurangi was born and raised in Rotorua where her passion for Te Reo Maori and Tikanga Maori was instilled.
Kahurangi's qualifications include a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Media Studies and Marketing with First Class Honours, and a Diploma in Te Reo Maori from Waikato University.
She has previously worked in Tertiary and the Museum and Heritage industries. As an advocate for the preservation of Maori history and knowledge, Kahurangi was attracted to the position of Waka Huia Researcher, "My role as researcher provides me with a wonderful opportunity to be a part of the promotion of Te Reo Maori and to be associated with a kaupapa that preserves the knowledge of our kaumatua."