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.
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.
Tū Māia Coordinator
Ko Panguru, ko Paapata ngā Maunga
Ko Mamari te Waka
Ko Hokianga te Moana
Ko Waipapa te Awa
Ko Tamatea te Rangatira
Ko Motuti te Marae
Ko Te Rarawa te Iwi
Ko Ngāti Tamatea te Hapu
Ko Larenz Tate tēnei
Tīhei, Mauri ora!
I am 24 years Old with no babies, but many goals and aspirations!
I was fortunate to be raised in a family with many musical talents, and find my inspiration for many things through both Music and my Whānau.
I have recently graduated with a Diploma in Youth Work Level 6 and have my sights set on uplifting, inspiring and nurturing Rangatahi for the years to come.
In my spare time, I unwind with my guitar and like to write a few songs every now and then.
I'm privileged and honoured to be a part of an organisation THRIVING on the success of Rangatahi.
Ngā Mihi kia koutou!
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
Mahia Te Mahi Coordinator
Ko Whakatere te Maunga
Ko Waima te awa
Ko Te Mahurehure te Hapu
Ko Ngapuhi te Iwi
Ko Ngātokimatawhaorua te Waka
I te taha o tōku kuia, nō te awa tupua o Wanganui
Ko Ruapehu te Maunga
Ko Mangawhero te Awa
Ko Ngati Rangi Te Iwi
Ko Aotea te Waka
Ko Turi te Tangata
Ko Dena-Maree Hemara tōku ingoa.
E toru āku tamariki. Nō te Nōta mātou.
He waewae tapu ahau ki ēnei whenua o Ngati te Ata.
Ko ōku wawata kia poipoia e au ngā rangatahi, ngā whānau hoki kia whai hononga anō ki te iwi nei me ōna akoranga maha; kia tū pakari, kia tū rangatahi mō te iwi Māori.
I think it is vital that we share our knowledge and give our rangatahi a sense of belonging. I am very grateful to have had the privilege of being raised by my Pou Kuia, who shared her mātauranga and kōrero hītori and fostered my passion of te ao māori, mahi kapa haka me ērā āhuatanga.
I wish to shed light with those who have not been as fortunate, and give them encouraging support throughout their journey. We can learn, grow and blossom together.
“Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro nona te ngahere, ko te manu e kai ana i te matauranga nōna te ao”