WANA Consulting evolved from the desire that both directors had to apply their skills to bring about real change and impact for Māori.
Director Bayden Barber, started Ipurangi Developments Ltd in 2002 and worked on several hauora projects, including Kai in the Bay, Kahungunu Hikoi Whenua and Ko Te Marae Te Matatiki. Myra Barber joined Ipurangi in 2013, allowing Bayden to engage in local body politics, another place where he continues to advocate authenticity in issues relating to Māori as an Hastings District Councillor.
After the youngest of their seven children started Kohanga Reo, they explored ways to apply their unique combination of skills to improving outcomes for Māori - a kaupapa close to both of their hearts.
WANA Consulting was an intuitive step in applying the various skills both have developed through their careers to improving outcomes for Māori.
Both graduating from Waikato University with a Bachelor of Management Studies at Waikato University, Myra & Bayden live in Waimarama, a coastal, rural village in Hawke's Bay where Bayden is kaikōrero for his marae and both support nga hapū o Waimārama. Both are of Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāpuhi descent, Myra having specifically Ngāti Rakaipaaka heritage, and Bayden also with whakapapa to Ngāi Tahu.