Marihi Langford

Chief Executive

Ko Kurahaupo te Waka

Ko Pohurihanga te Tangata Rangatira

Ko Maunga Piko me Kohuroanaki nga Maunga

Ko Waitiki me Waihuahua nga Awa

Ko Parengarenga te Waahapu

Ko Te Hapua te Paa Kainga

Ko Te Reo Mihi te Marae

Ko Te Reo Powhiri te Temepara

Ko Mareitu te Urupa

Ko Ngati Kuri te Iwi

 

Tena koutou katoa

 

As chief executive I provide leadership to a dynamic team who provide services to vulnerable at-risk whanau in our community to support them with their wellbeing and to become more independent in our community.

I have worked in the social and health services sector for more than 25 years in particular the areas of mental health, addictions, social services, youth development, kaupapa Maori, and overall Maori empowerment.  

I returned home in 2011 and took on this role with Ngati Kahu. I am passionate about supporting whanau to be the best that they can be .  I love the challenges of working in a vibrant and innovative organisation, that has a great team that serve our community of te hiku o te ika. 

In my spare time I love to go fishing, spending time on the water and being with my whanau!

Elsa Whitley

Community Social Worker Lead

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.

Jaxx Brown

Whanau Ora Lead

Ko Peta te Maunga

Ko Moana nui a Kiwa te Moana

Ko MV Tofua te Waka

Ko Lalokafika te Hapu

Ko Alofi te Iwi

Ko Faneva te Whanau ingoa

No Niue te Whenua

No Niue me Aotearoa ahau

Ko Jaxx Brown taku ingoa

 

I have been working as a whanau ora worker with Ngati Kahu Social & Health Services for nearly 4 years.  I work alongside vulnerable at risk people in the community to support them towards independent living within the community.  I also provide Mirimiri services to help support physical and spiritual wellbeing.

Cory James

Clinical Lead

My name is Cory James and I am from Ratana Pa. I was privileged enough to attend Kohanga and Kura Kaupapa, where I became the Te Kura Kaupapa swimming champion 2 years in a row. I am very proud of my taha maori and my haahi Ratana, which have grounded me in my career as a drug and alcohol counsellor. Both my wife (Ngati Kuri) and I have links to Te Aupouri here in Te Hiku o te Ika.

 

I work as a programme facilitator to help 18 to 24 year olds become work ready, which means drug free. Im passionate about the mahi and the kaupapa of Oranga Tangata.

Atareta McNab

Business Support Lead

Ko Kotipu, Pukehapai, Maunga Taniwha oku maunga

Ko Mangataore te Awa

Ko Rangaunu te Moana

Ko Kurahaupo te Waka

Ko Te Paatu te Hapu

Ko Te Paatu te Marae

Ko Tokitahi te Whare Tupuna

Ko Ngahinu te Whare Kai

Ko Koniti te Whenua

Ko Tarakaka te Urupa

Ko Hato Tipene te Whare Karakia

Ko Namaha raua ko Pai Popata oku Tupuna

Ko Tautu raua ko Waireti Walter oku Maatua tupuna

Ko William raua ko Lisa McNab oku Matua

Ko Atareta McNab ahau

 

I was born and bred in Pamapuria just south of Kaitaia. I moved away to Hamilton to attend Waikato University and then returned home. I was lucky enough to get a job with Ngati Kahu Social & Health Services as business support. I enjoy working for my people and iwi in supporting where ever they need us. I have 3 children and a loving partner who love the life style that the north gives us. Beach at our fingertips, kai moana on tap and having our whanau close by. I love that I am bringing them up where I was and that they will be able to experience all the beauty in the north.

Dave Lasike

I was born in Auckland and raised on the North Shore. I am the eldest of ten children. I attended Westlake Boys High School and served a two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Victoria, Australia. My wife is of Samoan and Greek descent, and we have four boys. 

I have a background in IT and work as a Manaaki Tangata at Ngati Kahu Social and Health Services. I enjoy the challenges and opportunities this role offers, to support those who have moved into work.

I love living in the far north. The abundance that we are blessed with inspires me to do more and become better.

#superbruleader

Sheryl Maafu

Whanau Ora

Ko Kurahaupo te Waka 

Ko Pohurihanga te Tangata

Ko Waitiki te Awa

Ko Maungapiko te Maunga

Ko Te Hiku O Te Ika te Marae

Ko Te Reo Mihi te Whare nui

Ko Parengarenga te Moana

Ko Te Hapua te Haukainga

Ko Ngati Kuri te Iwi

Ko Mareitu te Urupa

Ko Sheryl Maafu oku ingoa

Kia Ora my role within Ngati Kahu Social and Health Services (NKSHS) is a Whanau Ora Worker (WOW). I support whanau of all ages within Community Mental Health (CMH) and Te Roopu Kimiora (TRK) by either assisting them to their appointments or providing positive mentoring programmes for our Youth. My care plan consists of healthy eating, exercising, ample rest and regular supervision.  I have four beautiful children and eight gorgeous grandchildren whom I love. As a whanau we enjoy our beautiful local beaches gathering kaimoana and sharing to our kaumatua and kuia that cannot go out.

Sonja Holloway

Whanau Ora

Ko Maungataniwha te Maunga
Ko Tokarau te Moana
Ko Aurere te Awa
Ko Mamaru te Waka
Ko Parata te Rangatira
Ko Kahutianui te Whaea Tupuna
Ko Ngati Tara te Hapu
Ko Ngati Kahu te Iwi
Ko Parapara te Marae
Ko Victor raua ko Caroline oku Matua
Ko Sonja Holloway toku ingoa
 
I am a Whanau Ora Kaimahi and I support whanau in the community with their mental health and addiction issues. I was born in Auckland and moved to our family home in the Far North when I was a teenager. I live in Kaitaia and I am blessed to be a mother of four children. In 2012 my journey to this point began when I started studying due to an interest in mental health and addictions. I completed a Certificate in Mental Health and Addictions, then a certificate in social work and this year I got my Bachelor of Applied Social Work degree. Over the years I have developed a deep passion for working with whanau going through issues in mental health and addictions, especially after they have experienced trauma. I am privileged to be able to work in my own rohe and enjoy walking alongside whanau to empower them to meet their goals. I enjoy going to the beach for a fish, going for a bushwalk to recharge and connect with the whenua, or going for a trip out of town and of course trying tasty new foods.

Stuart Mathews

Whaia Te Ora Program Facilitator

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 

Kayla Brown-Hunt

Kaimahi Rangatahi

Ko Kayla Brown-Hunt Toku Ingoa

Ko Puwheke Te Maunga

Ko Karikari Te Moana

Ko Mamaru Te Waka

Ko Wairahoraho Te Awa

Ko Haititai-Marangai Te Marae

Ko Te Whanau Moana me to Rorohuri Te Hapu

Ko Kahutianui Te Whaea Tupuna

Ko Parata Te Tangata

Ko Ngati Kahu Te Iwi

I am a Kaimahi Rangatahi working with our at risk year 9&10 tamariki within the 8 secondary schools in the Far North.

I was born and raised in Kaitaia but moved to Brisbane from the age of 10 – 22. I moved home in 2014 to study and then found full time Mahi with Ngati Kahu Social and Health Services in May 2014. I am a mum of 3 little blessings, I love the beach, being outdoors and spending time with my whanau.  I am currently on my whakapapa journey which is going awesome so far as I have found my Tupuna are from Te Rarawa and Waihou, Panguru on my father’s biological side. I feel privileged to be bringing my tamariki up in a rohe where they have very strong connections to. I love the lifestyle in the Far North so much that myself and my little whanau brought our first home in February. I enjoy watching NRL especially State of Origin!

#QUEENSLANDMAROONS

Qualifications

Level 4 certificate in Mental health and addictions

Level 4 certificate in Youth Work

Currently studying a Diploma in Youth and Community Studies

Xavier Lasike

Kaimahi Rangatahi

My name is Xavier Lasike, I am 22 years old and am the eldest of 4. My three brother’s names are Dee who is 6, Dallin and Pierce who are twins and they are 3 years old. I enjoy spending time with them and my mum and dad and getting outdoors with them and playing games. I love to play sports, any kind of sport with a ball, but mostly basketball, volleyball and rugby. One thing I enjoy is food, I love all types of food, it makes me happy so I tend to eat a lot.

 

I was born and raised on the North Shore in Auckland. I went to Sunnynook Primary School and from there went onto Takapuna Intermediate school. I then went to High School at Westlake Boys and graduated there. As soon I was done with my exams on my last year of school in 2012 we moved to Brisbane, Australia. I found a job working with two of my uncles emptying containers at the Reject Shop Distribution centre and worked  for about a year then one day riding my pennyboard (skateboard) I was riding on the road and got hit by a car breaking my leg and at the time of breaking my leg, my parents were living in Sydney so when I broke my leg, I moved down to stay with my parents. After my leg was healed I found a job with a member from my church doing landscaping at Sydney Olympic Park. I worked here for a year and saved to help me to serve a full time mission for my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

 

In March 2014 I served my mission and was called to serve in the Marshall Islands for 2 years learning their culture and speaking their language and teaching about my beliefs and what I know to be true. After my two years I then returned to Sydney and worked for a year at Sydney Olympic park again and then moved back to Brisbane and stayed with my grandparents while my family moved here to NZ in Kaitaia. I worked in containers again in Brisbane with my uncle and worked there for a few months then moved and worked at Coca Cola for a year. I then decided to come back and live with my parents because I was sick of working in warehouses and wanted to get a career and go to school and study or find me a job that I would enjoy and see myself there still in the future. When I moved, I applied to get the benefit at WINZ and in order to get my benefit money, I had to attend a program that was run by Ngati Kahu Social and Health Services. I graduated the program after 6 weeks of learning about what I want to be and where I want to go in life and that was to work with youth as I found that one of my passions was helping others.

 

Marihi, the CEO of Ngati Kahu Social and Health Services, offered me a job after graduating the program and asked if wanted to work here at Ngati Kahu Social and Health Services. I have now been here for 6 months I work and support Kayla in her role as Kaimahi Rangatahi and work in the high schools here in the far north supporting year 9 and 10 youth that are high at risk. We set a plan with them and walk alongside them as they work towards this plan that they have set towards goals and dreams they want to achieve.

Denise Witana

Kaimahi Kura

Tama tu Tama ora, Tama moe tama mate… Ti hei mauri 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.

 

 

I have returned to live in Northland as this is where my father is from and where my parents had come to live in their retirement years, after spending a majority of my life in the Waikato/Maniapoto area.  My partner and I had always planned to come back to the North to live as we are both from up here, but it wasn’t until my mum got sick did I actually make the move.  After a very short illness, my beloved mother passed away in in October 2016, and I decided to, at the request of my father, to stay on up here.   

 

My partner has since moved back up North alongside me as well, and in March 2017, after 13 years of being together, we were married in March 2018.  In December 2017, we bought our first home together in Kaitaia, and are in the motions of renovating before we move in.

 

When I returned home I wanted to stay try to myself, as during my study I had applied for a scholarship and wrote about wanting to return home to assist my own people, whanau, hapu Iwi, therefore applied to work at Ngati Kahu Social and Health Services.  During my first 3 months, I realised that my own whanau were need, therefore took time off paid employment to assist my brother through some mental health and medical issues that he had been struggling with for over 30 years.  It took 4-5 months to get him to a place of where he is willing to make changes in his health and well-being, and when I decided to return to full time work in the community.

 

I am very pleased to have been accepted back in to Ngati Kahu Social and Health Services where I currently work under the umbrella of Whanau Ora as Kaimahi Kura (or Social Worker in Schools).  I am currently servicing 7 Schools in the Far North – Kaingaroa, Paparore, Waiharara, Pukenui, Ngataki, Te Hapua Schools and Te Kura o Te Kao.  In this position I work with tamariki aged 5-12 years old, and support, guide and encourage them through any difficulties they may be experiencing, and also working alongside their whanau.  I love working and spending time with tamariki in school and meeting and navigating whanau through any challenges should they need support.

 

I am happy to be home and the opportunities that have been blessed to be a part of.

Sandi Macpherson

Kaimahi Kura

Ko Kurahaupo te Waka

Ko Maungataniwha te Maunga

Ko Rangiunu te Moana

Ko Awanui te Awa

Ko Waimanoni te Marae

Ko Ngaitakoto te Iwi

Ko Sandi Macpherson toku ingoa

 

My role is Kaimahi Kura, I am passionate about working in my own community. I enjoy working alongside children and whanau so they are able to reach their goals and wishes. I chose to work at Ngati Kahu Social and Health Services as their values fit with the values I was raised with re. Through this role I am able to guided children and whanau see their own solutions to the barriers they are facing.

Outside of work I am spending time with horses, My daughter competes in equestrian events all around northland.

Anahera Tripp

Kaimahi Kura

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.

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