Mereki was born in Kamilaroi Country, Gunnedah, at the age of three she was taken away from her family to live with a white family in the Southern suburbs of Sydney.

Another Stolen Generation child, whose journey back to her family, her culture and community has been expressed in her songs, her teaching and her artwork.

Her separation from family and loss of identity intensified her need to immerse herself in all things cultural, and fueled her commitment to the survival and sharing of Aboriginal Culture. Her passion for the arts became her medium of expression.

Mereki started writing and performing her own children's songs at various inner city schools of Sydney.   It became more and more apparent to her that there is an urgent need to educate all Australians from a young age about Aboriginal culture.

In 1992 Mereki started working at Glebe Public School as an Aboriginal Education Assistant, all the while focusing on the welfare of Koori children in the school and related community work.  She involves the children in song and dance at school functions, NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islander Day of Celebration) week and other, out of school celebrations.  She was also meanwhile a mother to her own two daughters.

While working at Glebe Mereki wrote two child protection songs, "Who Do You Feel Safe With?" and "It's K-K-Kool To Feel Safe".  The songs were such a hit that teachers requested she sing them as part of their Child Protection Program, stating that children seemed to catch on to the words and feed from the songs.  It was a direct testament of the power of her chosen medium, music.

Mereki's love of music also saw her study Music and Performing Arts at "Eora, Aboriginal College of Performing Arts" in Redfern, Sydney.  During this time she continued to write songs and perform at various festivals and venues throughout Sydney and up the North Coast.

Mereki gave birth to her third child in 1995 and moved to Lismore to continued writing, singing and performing.  Being one of the "Stolen Generation" she was often invited to share her story at schools as part of their Aboriginal Studies Program.  She has been a regular guest artist and speaker at many primary and high schools in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales.

She was accepted into the "Bachelor of Contemporary Music" at Southern Cross University in Lismore and recorded her first demo tape of children's songs as part of her independent study unit.  She won a 'Dolphin Award' through the North Coast Entertainment Industry in the 'Music for Children' section, for her song 'The World Needs Parks'.  She then went on to record a CD, The Kangaroo Club, through the Australia Arts Council and received yet another 'Dolphin Award' for Koori Achievement. 

Mereki developed and presents a unique Indigenous Cultural Education Program in Pre-Schools and Primary schools, loved and enjoyed by children and adults alike.

Noticing a lack of good, basic, culturally relevant resources, Mereki created and developed her own products and learning aids especially designed for Early Childhood and Primary School aged children.


Mereki also went on to publish a Child Protection book called, "It's K-K-Kool To Feel Safe" that she wrote and illustrated herself. The book comes with a CD and Teacher/Parents notes (compiled by the Child and Adolescent Sexual Assault Counselling Service in Lismore) and includes two child Protection Songs "Who Do You Feel Safe With?" and It's K-K-Kool To Feel Safe". Approved by the NSW Department of Education, the book is a valuable resource that can be used to teach children about stranger danger, feelings, and other sensitive Child Protection issues.

Lismore Council presented Mereki with an Australia Day Reconciliation Award in 2003, for her contribution to reconciliation and work performed in the wider community.  She is an active member of the Lismore Reconciliation Council and Wayiganna Aboriginal Advisory Committee to the Lismore Council. 

Mereki continues to work in schools teaching Aboriginal Culture through music, arts, storytelling, rhythm and dance.   She performs her original songs and presents workshops at various festivals and functions. 

Her work teaches awareness of Australia's Indigenous history, and makes an ongoing and vital contribution to the broader community, especially the people of the future, our children.

Mereki's is a voice for reconciliation, respect and rights for the First Australians.  

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