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Gemma-Lee Fleet
Kaimahi Ora

Nāku te rourou, nāu te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi."

Tēnā koutou katoa,
I te taha o tōku māmā, he uri ahau nō Ngāti Tūwharetoa.
I te taha o tōku pāpā,

Ko Maungataniwha te maunga
Ko Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa te moana
Ko Māmaru te waka
Ko Te Parata te rangatira
Ko Kahutianui te tīpuna whaea
Ko Ngāti Kahu te iwi
Ko Te Paatu te hapū
Ko Te Paatu te marae

My name is Gemma-Lee and I was born and raised in Kaitaia. A descent of Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Kahu and tauiwi; I'm the eldest of five pakeke, and godmother and aunty of two beautiful kōtiro.

With a background in primary eduation and deep devotion for our people, particularly tamariki and rangatahi, I'm proud to be home and serving our community.

My role at Ngāti Kahu Social & Health Services involves supporting the CEO and Executive Team in their leadership and strategic direction within the organisation. I'm enthusiastic to be working with a strong, dedicated team who continue to awhi and tautoko our whānau here in Muriwhenua.

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.

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

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.

Raymond McPherson
Kaimahi Ora

“Whaaia Te Matauranga Hei Oranga Mo Koutou”

Ko Iwi Iwi te Maunga
Ko Whangaroa te Moana
Ko Pupuke te Awa
Ko Te Tahaawai te Hapuu
Ko Ngati Kahu, Ko NgaaPuhi ki Whangaroa te Iwi
Ko Mamaru Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua ooku Waka
Ko Te Ururoa te Matua Rangatira Tupuna
Ko John McPherson raaua Ko Blossom Snowden ooku Maatua
Ko Raymond McPherson toku ingoa

“Ma Te Mahi Tahi Ka Whiwhi Ora”

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

Ngarongo Mare-Rerekura
Oranga Tangata Programme Facilitator

E rere kau mai te awa nei mai i te kahui maunga ki Tangaroa. Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au.

Ko Taumatamahoe te maunga Ko Piraunui te maunga
Ko Tangonge te wai Ko Waitotara te awa
Ko Tinana te waka Ko Aotea te waka
Ko Tumoana te tangata Ko Rauru te tangata
Ko Te Rarawa te marae Ko Takirau te marae
Ko Te Taha-a-Wai te hapu Ko Ngati Kauika te hapu
Ko Te Rarawa Kaiwhare te iwi Ko Nga Rauru Kii Tahi te iwi

Mai i te taha o toku mama, ka rere te mana o Muriwhenua. Mai i te taha o toku papa, ka rere te mana o Te Puku o Te Ika, Wanganui me Taranaki. Ka moea raua, hei piri tahi, hei ora tonu nga toto. Ka puta ko au, Ngarongo Mare-Rerekura. Mihi rawa ki nga mana o runga e tiaki mai nei.

I am a facilitator for Oranga Tangata. One of the most rewarding things about my mahi is seeing people grow into their potential and become the best version of themselves. My passion is Te Ao Maori me Ona Tikanga and I am keen to bring more of these taonga to Oranga Tangata.

“A great leader is not determined by their individual success. A great leader is determined by the success they bring to their people.”

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.

#TAUA

Bryar Crewther-Abraham
Kaimahi Ora

"He aha te mea nui o te ao? He Tangata! He Tangata! He Tangata!"

Ko Maunga Piko te maunga
Ko Kurahaupo te waka
Ko Parengarenga te moana
Ko Te Hiku o te Ika te marae
Ko Ngati Kuri te iwi

Tena koutou katoa,

Ko Bryar Crewther-Abraham ahau. I was born in Kaitaia, raised in West Auckland, live in Te Kao and heil from Te Hapua. I have experience working in community settings promoting hauora, advocating for whanau, and organizing and coordinating community events. These experiences highlighted my passion to work with and for our whanau; and influenced my decision to come here to Ngati Kahu Social and Health services.
I feel honoured to work with our Whai Oranga team and will be focusing on and working with our Rangatahi that may face struggles with Mental Health and Addictions.

In my spare time, my whanau and I take advantage of the luxuries of the very Far Norths paradise.

No reira, tena koutou katoa.

Annaleah Fitzgerald
Kaimahi Ora

Tena Koutou Katoa

Ko Annaleah toku ingoa, Ko Fitzgerald toku ingoa whanau, Kua tangohia ahau

Taku Koiora

Ko Ngapuhi te Hapu, Ko Whakatere te Maunga, Ko Waima te Awa, Ko Matahourua te Waka, Ko Tuhirangi te Marae

Ko Ngati Haua te Iwi, Ko Te Aroha te Maunga, Ko Waikato te Awa, Ko Tainui te Waka, Ko Te Arohanui Marae

Toku Whangai

Ko Ngati Porou te Hapu, Ko Hikurangi te Maunga, Ko Waiapu te Awa, Ko Nukutaimemeha te Waka, Ko Ruataupere Marae

Ko Ngati Pikiao te Iwi, Ko Matawhaura te Maunga, Ko Kaituna te Awa, Ko Te Arawa te Waka, Ko Hokowai Marae

No Waihi Ahau

My name is Annaleah I was adopted from birth to very loving and “old skool” parents, I'm born and bred in Waihi (Waikato) real “country gal,” my roots are Waima and Awanui hence why I'm here in the far north to re-connect with my Koiora. I have 6 biological siblings, 1 brother, 5 sisters and my adopted sister. I am an immensely proud mum of 5 tamariki aged from 16 - 4 years old 4 boys and 1 girl.

I moved to Kaitaia recently with my loving fiancée and we love the culture here in our beautiful community, how everyone pulls together to tautoko each other and our whanau in need. I am currently aspiring to be a Social Worker in the future but my role at Ngati Kahu is to give administration support to our Managers, Team Leads and Kaimahi. I am honoured to be working alongside such dedicated Kaimahi who inspire me to be better every day and follow my goals.

In my spare time I love spending time with whanau going out to mahi kai, camping, kickboxing and just being outdoors. I also love singing, dancing, meeting new people and retail therapy lol. I am looking forward to beginning my journey with Ngati Kahu and to tautoko our whanau.