Job Description: The manager is responsible to the Wangka Maya Board of Directors for the overall running of the organisation.
Background: I am a Bardi woman from One Arm Point in the Kimberleys. I have lived in Hedland since 1992. I have worked in administration roles at Wangka Maya since 1999. I have studied business administration and computing at Pilbara TAFE. I took over the Wangka Maya manager role in July, 2020.
Name: Chiyoko Kiaura
Position: Administration Officer
Job Description: I have been working at Wangka Maya since 2015, I started working as a temporary office worker, but now I am working fulltime as the Admin Officer. I help run the Administration side of Wangka Maya, by assisting the Manager. I also look after reception and assist other Staff Members with office support.
Background: I am a Nyul Nyul woman, from Beagle Bay in the Dampier Peninsula in the Kimberley’s.
I was born and raised in Port Hedland. I went to school in the Hedland area, completed Business Studies at Pundulmurra College. Most of my employment history has been in the admin and office area.
Position: Business Supoort
Background: I am a Yinhawangka woman from the Gobawarrah (Ashburton) area, I was born in Roebourne my family was forced to relocate to the Onslow native welfare reserve where we grew up. I have spent over 30 years managing Government and Non-Government organisations in WA and have a Batchelor of Social Work, Arts (Social Science) and honours in Australian Indigenous cultural studies and research from Curtin University. During the past few years I have been working with Dr Margaret Florey on recording and reclaiming my mothers work in Yinhawangka language and have been blessed to secure the manager’s position here at Wangka Maya.
Profile: I grew up in rural Colorado, USA. When I was 18 I moved to Stockton, California to earn my batchelor’s degree in French literature and Mandarin. At 22 I moved to Shangai, China to continue my Mandarin studies and work on a master’s degree of sociology. During my time in Shangai I became fascinated with the local language, Shanghainese. For my MA dissertation I researched local language attitudes towards Shanghainese, as the language is being used less frequently by the younger generation. In 2017 I decided to continue my studies and learn an additional master’s degree in Language Documentation and Description from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. I have been working at Wangka Maya since April, 2019.