Sandra was born in Lae, Papua New Guinea and moved to the Cook Islands when she was nine years old. She’s the second of four siblings with a large extended family.
Ko Raemaru te maunga
Ko Te-Au-o-Tonga me Puaikura te waka
Ko Munro me Dean te hapu
Kei te Whanganui-a-Tara e noho ana au
Ko Sandra Ritua Tisam tōku ingoa
She is a maker of tivaevae, a lover of dance and the arts. Studied in Fiji, worked in Rarotonga and Wellington. Public servant and when-time-permits-writer/poet and lover of the arts. Sandra has been a member of Maranga Mai since 2017 and is grateful for the opportunity to tell stories in a creative and supportive environment.