Ko Matukutureia te maunga
Ko te moana nui o Rehua, te Manukatanga o Hoturoa me te Waitematā ngā moana
Ko Waikato te awa
Ko Tahuna te Marae
Ko Ngāti Te Ata o Waiōhua te Iwi
I was fortunate to grow up within my iwi lands, close to my Marae and extended whānau in Waiuku. I am passionate about improving the health and social outcomes for Ngāti Te Ata and Māori in the community and I believe that starts with rangatahi. I have a Bachelor of Science and am currently studying an MBA at Waikato Univerity. I am a 2016 Vodafone World of Difference recipient and I had the privilege of leading the development of a unique organisation that is completely based on youth visions and is youth led.
Some of my favourite quotes are:
"Dreams don't work unless you do"
"You weren't born to just pay bills and die"
"Work hard in silenece, let success be your noise"
Ko Hokianga te moana
Ko Ngātokimatawhāorua te waka
Ko Te Tārai o Rāhiri te maunga me te marae
Ko Mangakahia te awa
Ko Ngāpuhi te iwi
Ko Ngāti Toki te hapū
No Kaikohe ahau
Ko Māhera (Marcella) Maihi tēnei
I come from Kaikohe a small place sometimes referred to as the 'hub of the north' but was lucky enough to be raised in Manurewa, South Auckland. I am blessed to have a large family of seven sisters and three brothers who each contributed to helping me develop key life skills such as patience, negotiation, manaakitanga and awhi.
I am so very passionate about being Māori and seeing other Māori succeed particularly rangatahi and in particular 'rag-to-riches' stories. I am here to support rangatahi to follow their dreams and have fun along the way.
My background is in the social sector working with rangatahi and currently I am studying toward a Masters in Māori and Management.
My home has always been in South Auckland, having moved to Waiuku as a young primary school child, have loved being close to the varied waterways. My husband (and supporting his sporting events) and cheeky 1yr old son keep me busy as well as extended family and friends. I enjoy keeping active, trail running, Triathlon, mountain/road cycling, tramping, and getting out and about in the fresh air at the beach/forest with the dogs. I’m a sports fan too – Rugby!
I have a broad work experience in Home Textiles, Freight, Travel and Tourism mainly specialising in administration/accounts/co-ordinating product/creative writing and anything requiring accuracy and attention to detail, a calculator and spreadsheets!
I have a passion for Youth and our community and was magnetised to this role to become more involved in an organisation for Rangatahi. I am grateful for the opportunity to grow my knowledge of the area and people.
Ko Puhanga Tohorā te maunga
Ko Punakitere te awa
Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te waka
Ko Nuku Tawhiti te Rangatira
Ko Pukerata te Marae
Ko Ngai-tū-te-Auru te hapū
Ko Ngapuhi te iwi
Ko Kahuatairingi Waipouri tēnei e mihi atu nei.
Tēnā tātou katoa,
Growing up, I was fortunate to be surrounded by my whānau who nurtured and raised me with the guidance of my Karanimāmā. I was a Kohanga kid; Te Reo Māori was and always has been a reminder of how blessed I am to have been immersed in my culture, heritage and tikanga.
I am the māmā of two beautiful, mischief girls. I have realized that I need to be the best version of me in order to lay strong foundations for their future and I would love to be able to do the same for all rangatahi. He tangata kaha ki te manaaki, tiaki tangata; I enjoy helping others and am passionate about providing more opportunities for all Māori to succeed.
I'll be working in the Service Manager role as well as providing support to our programme coordinators. I am looking forward to meeting you all but most of all, helping you realize your skills, qualities and to have a bit of fun along the way.
Mahi Gains Coordinator
Ko Maunga Taniwha te maunga
Ko Mamaru te waka
Ko Parata te rangatira
Ko Kahutianui te whaea
Ko Tokerau te moana
Ko Oruru te awa
Ko Te Poho o Ngati Kahu te Whare Tupuna
Ko Kauhanga te marae
Ko Te Paatu te hapu
Ko Ngati Kahu te iwi.
“Oruru karanga pa tahataha”.
Ko Angaanga te maunga
Ko Nga Tai o Te Uru te moana
Ko Tinana te waka
Ko Tumoana te tangata
Ko Waikeri te urupa
Ko Te Parewhero te hapu
Ko Te Rarawa te iwi
Ko Te Waiora rāua ko Ngarui āku tamāhine.
Ko Maakinihi Lewer tōku ingoa.
I grew up in a small town called Kaitaia; the winterless North as we like to call it. I was the first sibling out of six to attend kōhanga and kura Maori. I would say that my whānau, kura, culture and te reo Māori has shaped who I am today.
There is nothing more rewarding than helping rangatahi Māori achieve their goals and I feel blessed to be in a job that does exactly that!
“Kia u ki te whakapono, me aroha tetahi ki tetahi”, Hold strong to your beliefs and love one another. – Poroa