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April Hetaraka
Interim CEO

Tena kōutou katoa

Mai I te tihi o Tikawe, ki raro o te awa o Waiwhao, ma runga ki te waka o Mamari, huri noa ki te hāpu o

Ngāti Aukiwa, tu kaha ki te Iwi o Ngāti Kahu ki Whaingaroa, tu tonu te marae o Waimahana, Ka uri whakatipu o nga whanau Rakene,Hohepa hoki, a ko April Hetaraka toku ingoa.

My many years of working within Iwi and Community Development has given me the experience and skill-based knowledge to have a wider perspective of communities.

‘He Mahitahi ki a mātou – Working together as one’

Tungia te ururua, kia Tupou whakaritorito te tupu o te harakeke

Clear the undergrowth so that the new shoots of the flax will grow

Rewa Sullivan
Office Manager

Ko Rewa Sullivan toku ingoa
Ko Pirongia te maunga
Ko Waipa te awa
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Purekireki te marae.

I was born in Auckland and raised in Mt Roskill then Mangere. I moved up to the far north, with my partner, over 10 years ago and we live in Kareponia. I have a background in admin and my role is Office Manager. I also look after reception and am usually the person who answers phone calls and welcomes visitors coming in to our office. I enjoy my role as it is busy and varied. I feel proud daily when I see the amazing work our team of kaimahi ora do within our community.

In my spare time I enjoy cooking and spending time with whanau.

Elsa Whitley
Team Lead - Toiora Whanau

Ko Panguru te Maunga
Ko te Wai o Mihi Rau te Awa
Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te Waka
Ko Ngati Manawa te Marae
Ko Ngati Manawa te Hapu
Ko Hokianga te Moana
Ko Te Rarawa te Iwi

My name is Elsa and I was born in the mid 60’s and raised in Auckland. I am one of nine sisters. I am a descendant of Te Rarawa and Ngati India. I am of a blended culture, and wonderful exotic foods. Having lived in a Suburban area where playing on the street with the neighbours children was harmless and innocent and just good ole fun. I had chores daily before I went out to play then being called in for dinner which we sat around a table to eat our meal, and golly no one was allowed to waste anything. This was how I was brought up. Our family had one TV which we sat around and watched together. There were no electronic devices such as computer’s, mobile phones, and game consoles.

As you may have figured out already my age, I have raised my children socialising with neighbours, playing games, having fun and being involved in community events. My children are all adults now and they have been my best teacher’s or perhaps I was a good student.

​When my children left their nest I decided to take all the skills that I have learnt through my time as a mother, friend, carer, listener, nurturer, financial advisor, nurse, taxi driver, cook the list goes on… to become a Social Worker and support whanau in the community. Currently I am working for Ngati Kahu Social & Health Services and have been for the past three years. It is not easy mahi, engari I love the mahi that I do and working with an amazing team.

Dave Lasike
IT Lead

Kia Ora,

Ko Dave Lasike toku ingoa. I was born in Auckland and raised on the North Shore. I am the eldest of ten children and am of Tongan descent. I have been married for 22 years. I completed a two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Victoria, Australia, and have been involved in the well being of families and individuals throughout the Asia Pacific area for over 20 years.

I have a background in IT and have worked within some talented teams that have helped shape my thinking around innovation and creativity. My role involves developing solutions for our organisation through the use of technology and services.

I love living in the far north. I love spending time at the beach with my family. I strive to stay abreast of relevant topics that would benefit those within my surroundings and am blessed to be a part of an inspiring organisation.

Sasha Saies
Team Lead - Te Puawaitanga

Te Rarawa te iwi
Ngati Manawa te hapu
Panguru te maunga
Ngatokimatawhaorua te waka
Hokianga-nui-a-Kupe te moana
Ngati Manawa te marae
Ko Sasha Saies ahau
Ko kai mahi whanau ora toku mahi

I have a back ground in the finance & insurance, working in the finance sector for 13 years. In 2015 I made the decision to focus more on our community & began facilitating youth programs. At that point I found my passion, which is helping people within our community.

In January 2019 I started with Ngati Kahu and am now working towards my Level 4 Certificate in Mental Health and Addictions. I have enjoyed working within such a caring and experienced team.

Outside of mahi, I am studying towards a BA in psychology. Most of all, I enjoy spending time with my husband & tamariki, sharing some of what the far north has to offer…fishing, beaches, lakes and kai moana.

Jolene Rupapera
Team Lead - Te Pae Tawhiti

Kei aku nui, kei aku rahi, kei aku whakatamarahi ki te rangi, tena tatou katoa.

Ko Puheke te Maunga
Ko Tokerau te Moana
Ko Haititaimarangai te Tupuna Whare
Ko Te Hunga Tapu Katoa te Whare Karakia
Ko Mamaru te Waka
Ko Parata te Tangata
Ko Kahutianui te Tupuna Whaea
Ko Te Whanau Moana me Te Rorohuri nga Hapu
Ko Ngati Kahu te Iwi

Kia ora My name is Jolene Rupapera and I am excited to have a position as one of the Youth Coaches working alongside young parents aged 16-20 years, supporting and engaging them into education, budgeting and parenting programmes.

I whakapapa to Ngati Kahu, Te Rarawa and Te Uri O Tai I am extremely passionate about Te Reo Maori and Tikanga as I was fortunate to attend Kohanga Reo, Kura Kaupapa Maori and Wharekura throughout my life. Moving back home 8 years ago was the best thing I could have done. Not only for myself and my partner but for our tamariki. “There’s no place like home”. As a family we love the lifestyle of the Far North, communities and the many whanau that make it special.

I have a loving and very supportive fiancé with three beautiful super energetic daughters that keep us both on our toes. I am a very whanau orientated person that enjoys spending time helping out where ever I can.

In my own time I enjoy exploring all things outdoor especially fishing and spending quality time with my whanau. I look forward to learning and growing within my role and in the organisation.

No reira, tena koutou katoa

Sheryl Maafu
Team Lead - Whaioranga

Tena koe, no Ngati Kuri, Ngati Hine, Ngati Kahu oku Iwi. I was born and raised in Kaikohe until my husband and I moved to Kaitaia in 1998. We are a blended family of six children who are now adults and have twenty-four beautiful grandchildren. I love diving, fishing, netball and playing competition darts. My role here is to support whanau of all ages living with mental health and addictions. I work alongside our whanau providing a client centred approach to accomplish their goals and plans. My hope is to encourage our whanau to lead flourishing, independent and thriving lives within our community.

Bert Henry
Kaimahi Ora

I was born and raised in Auckland within a loving whanau. I grew up knowing Waimanoni/Ngaitakoto as home/heart! Now, I acknowledge Ngati Kahu; Ngati Kuri; Te Aupouri Te Rarawa, Te Paatu within me! I acknowledge mum’s whakapapa, Tainui, Ngati Tiipa te hapu. I’m fortunate enough to support; awhi; maanaki whanau in Te Hiku o Te Ika! Always learning from whanau and the strengths held from within.

I’m a Kaimahi ora! Kai tau te rangiimarie

Kayla Brown-Hunt
Kaimahi Ora

Ko Puheke te Maunga
Ko Karikari te Moana
Ko Mamaru te Waka
Ko Te Parata te Tangata
Ko Kahuteanui te Tangata wahine
Ko Haititaimarangai te Marae
Ko Te Whanau Moana o Rorohuri te hapu
Ko Ngati Kahu te Iwi.

Kia Ora my name is Kayla and I am currently the lead facilitator of Oranga Tangata working alongside rangatahi within our community who are aged between 18-24years.

I was born and raised in Kaitaia, I spent 12 years in Australia and made the decision to return home in February 2014. My reason for moving home was to study mental health and addictions in the hopes of returning to Australia with my qualifications and be able to support our whanau in Australia. In May of 2014 I was fortunate enough secure mahi with Ngati Kahu Social and Health Services as a whanau ora worker working alongside our vulnerable and at risk whanau within our community. I have 3 beautiful tamariki and feel blessed that I am able to raise them in a rohe where they have such strong connections to through their whakapapa to Ngati Kahu and Te Rarawa. I Love living life in the Far North and only being 10mintues from the beach, wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

In 2013 I lost my youngest sister to suicide, she was just 16years old. It was at this point I wanted to work alongside Rangatahi to try and be a positive influence and someone who could support our Rangatahi with realizing their worth and support them to achieve their dreams. I feel privileged to be able to work for my iwi and to be able to be in a role that allows me to work alongside Rangatahi to discover who they are, where they come from and where they want to be in life.

Level 4 certificate in Mental Health and Addictions
Level 4 certificate in Youth Work
Level 6 Diploma in Youth Development

Maakinihi Lewer
Kaimahi Ora

Ko Maunga Taniwha te maunga
Ko Mamaru te waka
Ko Tokerau te moana
Ko Oruru te awa
Ko Parata te rangataria
Ko Kahutianui te whaea
Ko Te Poho o Ngati Kahu te whare tupuna
Ko Kauhanga te marae
Ko Te Paatu te hapu
Ko Ngati Kahu te iwi
Tōna whakatauki, “Oruru karanga pa tahataha”
Ko Te Waiora rāua ko Ngarui āku tamahine
Ko Maakinihi Lewer tōku ingoa

I was born and raised in Kaitaia, where I attended kōhanga reo and kura kaupapa at Te Rangi Aniwaniwa. I lived in Australia for six years and made the move back to Aotearoa in 2018. Before moving back to Kaitaia I lived in Auckland where I studied a Certificate in Health Promotion and worked at a Māori youth organisation that helped support rangatahi to strive towards their dreams and unlocking their true potential. It was there I found my passion working with youth. I am very fortunate to be living back here in Kaitaia with my tamariki and working for my iwi in a role that I am passionate about. I look forward to helping our young people here in Te Tai Tokerau as they discover their way through life to knowing who they are and where they come from.

Stu Mathews
Kaimahi Ora

Ko Ruanui te Tangata
Ko Mamari te Waka
Ko Awaroa te Awa
Ko Rangiputa te Maunga
Ko Te Kotahitanga me Te Rarawa oku marae
Ko Ngati Haua te Hapu
Ko Te Rarawa te iwi
Ti hei wa mauri ora
Ko Stuart Mathews Toku ingoa
Ko Mane Toku Matua
Ko Ella Toku Whaea

I was born in Auckland grew up on the north shore, Glenfield

I am the oldest of five siblings and the only son

I have been working since the age of 15 in a number of various jobs and have enjoyed all of them

Today I am proud to say I work for Ngati Kahu Social and health services as a whanau ora worker

My role is to support Tangata Whaiora and their whanau with services within our organisation or outside the organisation, my aim is to support Tangata Whaiora spiritually physically and mentally primarily to become more independent.

No Reira
Tena koutou
Tena koutou
Tena tatou katoa

Trey Henry
Kaimahi Ora

I was born in Massey West Auckland, where I spent most of my younger days growing up. At the age of 18 I moved to the far north back to my papakainga in Kenana. Back in 2017 I was on a job seekers benefit, not doing much.

I then took part in a work ready program facilitated by Ngati kahu Social & Health Services, while on this program I managed to become drug free and found my passion in working with my people. A year after graduating the program I managed to get an internship with NKSHS which lasted for 8 months, after my internship I was able to secure a scholarship with Te Rau Ora which supports my ambitions to work in the addictions sector. I am now employed to help facilitate the program I once graduated.

Anahera Tripp
Kaimahi Ora

Ko Maria rāua ko Howard ōkū mātua
Ko Anahera Tripp ahau
Ki te taha o tōkū māmā
Ko ngā uri ō Ngāi Tūpoto, Ngāi Tū me Ngāti Tamatea
Nō Motukaraka ia
Ki te taha o tōkū Papa
Nō Lami, Whītī ia

He kaimahi kura ahau mō Ngāti Kahu Social and Health Services

I’m a graduate of Poutuarongo Toiora Whānau through Te Wānanga o Raukawa.

Pio Iosefo
Kaihmahi Ora

Kia ora Koutou,
Ko Pio Iosefo toku ingoa

I was born in American Samoa. My mothers family are from Manono, little island in between the two main islands of Samoa.

I've been in NZ since the age of two. Based in and around South Auckland practically all my life till I moved to Kaitaia 11 years ago.

I had an interrupted education where i didnt get past year 11(5th Form) due to expulsion from poor choices.

My first job out of school was a bouncer at the age of 16 for a pub in Manurewa. I went on to make poor decisions throughout my teenage years which included living on the streets over four years, crime, drugs, alcohol, violence and the rest of it.

With the help of my faith and family, I have overcome alot, and have learnt alot of life lessons throughout my journey which has now led me to Ngati Kahu with an opportunity to share my story of RESILIENCE to help impact positive change into the lives of our rangatahi and community.

Bonnie Cook
Kaimahi Ora

Ko Wharemaru toku tangata
Ko Tahirirangi toku waka
Tu tonu te maunga o Wharekapea
Ko Ngarui o te marangi toku one
Ko Waiparera toku awa
Ko Waikaramu toku roto
Ko Te Urunga o Kaimaumau te Kainga
Tu Ana te Marae o Wharemaru
Ko Puketaurete raua ko Hakea nga Pou
E rere ana te Moana o Rangaunu
Ko Wharemaru toku hapu
Ko Ngai Takato toku iwi
Ko Bonnie Cook toku ingoa

Kia ora, being raised in Kaitaia I have a connection and dedication to our Community which I hope to serve to the best of my ability, as my whakapapa dictates I am a child of this whenua and therefore understand the beauty of not only the places, but also our people.

My experience in the Social Work field is from a whanaungatanga perspective, treating others as I would expect to be treated, and applying my matauranga with the intent of manaaki.

I uphold a strengths based approach to working with whanau, as whanau have their own solutions and I am a mere guide to enable this process, enabling better outcomes for Whanau, Hapu and Iwi.

Oral Thompson
Kaimahi Ora

Ko Oral Thompson Toku Ingoa
Ko Hapuakohe te Maunga
Ko piako te Awa,
Ko Kotuiti tua rua te Waka
Ko waiiti te Marae: Te Taha ki toku matua ko Ngati Poua ko te taha ki toku whaea ko Ngati Hikairo me Ngati Haua.

I first started working in Mental health in 2006 as a Community Support Worker for Mahi Tahi Trust in Auckland. In 2008 my family and I decided to shift to the far north and in 2009 I started working for Ngati Kahu Social and Health Services. Today I coordinate different programs as a facilitator. It’s great to be part of a team that has great Leadership, is closely knit and focused on the wellbeing of our people in Tai Tokerau. KA PAI TE ATUA…

Kiri Waru
Kaimahi Ora

Ki Te Taha o Toku Papa
Ko Maunga Taniwha Te Maunga
Ko Moana-Nui-A-Kupe Te Moana
Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua Te Waka
Ko Nukutawhiti Te Tangata
Ko Tauteihiihi Te Marae
Ko Matahourua Te Whare
Ko Te Ihu Tai Te Hapu
Ko Ngapuhi Te Iwi

Kia Ora,

My Name is Kiri Waru, and I was born here in Kaitaia. I grew up here in the Far North and I love being back home. I have lived in different parts of New Zealand and abroad in Australia, but there is no place like Te Tai Tokerau especially when it comes to raising my young family.

I am a Youth Mentor and work at Ngati Kahu Social and Health Services in the
Youth Services Role. I love working with youth, helping them realize their potential and setting goals alongside them to make their dreams a reality.

I am passionate about working with Youth and being an advocate for them. I will stand by our youth and support them with any challenges they may be facing. I believe connection with our Culture, Whakapapa, Reo and Tikanga will bring our people healing abundantly.

Ruth Hape
Kaimahi Ora - Youth Coach

Ki te taha ō tōku Papa
Ko Maungaemiemi tōku Maunga
Ko Pupuke tōku Awa
Ko Mamaru tōku Waka
Ko Tahaawai tōku Marae
Ko Te Awaroa tōku Wharenui
Ko Ngati Kahu ki Whaingaroa tōku Iwi
Ki te taha ō tōku Mama
Ko Karangaranga tōku Maunga
Ko Rangaunu tōku Wahapu
Ko Kurahaupō tōku Waka
Ko Paparore tōku Marae
Ko Pā a Parore tōku Wharenui
Ko Ngāi Takoto tōku Iwi
Ko Ruth Hape tōku Ingoa

I was whāngai to my Nan, raised in Awanui. I am 7 of 9 siblings.

At 19, I moved to Auckland to study Tourism gained my Level 3 in Tourism, Level 4 in Tourism, Hotel and Airline Operations at New Zealand School of Tourism.

My journey started with Ngati Kahu Social and Health Services in 2018, being a Rangatahi on the Oranga Tangata (K.O.D.E back then) Program for 18–24 year-olds on the Job Seeker benefit. In March 2021, I was employed as Triage Coordinator. May 2021, I am now a Youth Coach for Young Parents.

Cole Kara
Youth Worker in Schools

“He Tamaiti akona ki te kainga, tu ana ki te ao, tau ana”
‘A child taught well at home, will stand in the world with dignity’

Ko Whakarara te Maunga
Ko Kiripaka te Marae
Ko Ngaitupango te Whare Tupuna
Ko Wairere me Wai Whao nga Awa
Ko Te Ngaere te Moana
Ko Mataatua te Waka
Ko Puhi te Tangata
Ko Ngaitupango te Hapu
Ko Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa te Iwi

Tena koutou katoa,

Ko Cole Karena Kara toku ingoa. I am 19 years of age, I have 8 other siblings and im the smartest of them all, lol. I was born and raised in the north, Whangaroa, Kaeo is where I call home. Since I was a baby, I was lucky enough to be taught the beauty of Te Ao maori me ona tikanga, ahuatanga katoa. I went through Kohanga reo right through to kura Kaupapa. Recently finished kura @ Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Pukemiro in 2020.

I have a huge passion for Tikanga Maori, Kapa Haka, Hoe Waka, Maurakau. I have the privilege and opportunity of being a part of NKSHS, working as a Kaimahi rangatahi alonside some kaimahi, who are truly passionate about serving and supporting the whanau and people of Muriwhenua.