Our People.

Kingi Kiriona

Mana Whakahaere — Managing Director

Pou Whakaako — PLD Facilitator

Iwi: Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Apa

Ngā Tohu:

  • MA (with distinction)
  • PG.Cert (Te Reo Māori)
  • BA (Screen Media & Māori)
  • BMPA
  • Te Toi Reo Māori (licensed Te Reo translator and interpreter)
  • Te Panekiretanga o te Reo

Professional Profile:

A leader of Māori language and cultural development, Kingi brings a depth and breadth of  knowledge of te ao Māori. He is an orator, a kapa haka exponent and nationally recognised  composer of haka and waiata Māori. A background in broadcasting has developed Kingi’s ability to build great rapport with anyone he engages with. His creativity and attention to detail  has made him a highly sought after Māori language consultant.  Kingi possesses the ability to adapt and transfer his skills to any context that presents itself and demonstrates great leadership qualities.

Experience:

  • Māori Television Service, Board Director
  • Ministerial Appointee, Think Tank — Te Ahu o te  Reo Māori, Te Kawa Matakura
  • Tutor — Te Iti Kahurangi Kapahaka

Specialisations:

  • The Arts
  • Governance, Management, Leadership, Change
  • Oral Language
  • Parents, Whānau, Communities, Iwi
  • Tikanga Māori

Te Waipounamu Teinakore

Mana Whakahaere — Managing Director

Pou Whakaako — PLD Facilitator

Iwi: Waikato, Ngāti Hauā

Ngā Tohu:

  • MEd (with first class honours)
  • PG. Dip (Literacy & Numeracy)
  • B.Ed
  • BMPA
  • Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo

Professional Profile:

Te Waipounamu has an extensive background in education spanning over 20 years. She has experience as a classroom teacher and held multiple senior management roles within kura. Te Waipounamu is currently Tumuaki of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tāmaki nui-a-Rua. Te Waipounamu is  passionate about kapa haka, music and incorporates these modes of learning as tools for engaging all learners. She brings a plethora of expertise in curriculum development and implementation. Te Waipounamu has held a range of key advisory roles in education including as a Ministerial Advisor of Te Hurihanganui.

Experience:

  • Tumuaki ki Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tāmaki nui-a-Rua
  • Founding member of Te Iti  Kahurangi Kapa Haka
  • Te Iti Kahurangi Kapa  Haka — Chair

Specialisations:

  • The Arts
  • Evaluation, Assessment, Aromatawai
  • Te Reo Matatini, Kōrero, Pānui, Tuhituhi
  • Parents, Whānau, Communities, Iwi
  • Tikanga Māori

Lisa Gardiner

Mana Whakawhanake Pakihi — Business Development Manager

Iwi: Ngāti Ranginui – Ngāi Te Ahi, Ngāi te Rangi – Ngāti He

Professional Profile:

Lisa is a senior executive who has a solid foundation of skills gained through a range of management roles, primarily within and related to the treaty settlement process and environment. Lisa has excellent communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills with the ability to develop and maintain strong relationships and influence. Lisa has a real passion for Māori growth and development and comes from a strong business and administration background with proven experience in managing complex projects where she has a proven track record of delivering project outcomes on time and within budget with significant experience in contract management.

Experience:

  • General Manager — Ngāti Hauā Iwi Trust
  • Contracts Manager — Ngāti Hauā Trust Board
  • Manager — Tauranga Moana Iwi Collective Leasing Company
  • Project Manager — Te Roopu Whakamana o Ngā Hapū o Ngāti Ranginui
  • Project Manager — Te Runanga o Ngāi Te Rangi Iwi Trust
  • Manager — Hinehou Kōhanga Reo
  • Trustee — Ngāti He Hapu Trust, Kaitimako J2 Trust

Tineka Wanakore

Pou Whakahaere — Executive Officer

Iwi: Ngāti Maniapoto — Ngāti Apakura, Ngāi te Rangi — Ngāi Tamawhariua

Ngā Tohu:

  • Diploma in Te Tohu Paetahi,
    University of Waikato
  • Bachelor of Māori Performing Arts,
    Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi
  • Certificate in Business Studies
  • Certificate in Office and Business Administration,
    Waikato Polytechnic

Professional Profile:

With a background in business, office and administration systems, Tineka brings a sound ability to lead and navigate through workstreams and projects with great attention to detail. She openly pursues a life-work balance to support and nurture her children, where a committed link to whānau and te ao Māori is maintained. Over the past 25 years Tineka has gained experience in operations, finance, resource and event production, strategy and line management within Māori education focussed environments.

Experience:

  • Pou Hāpai — Business Functions Manager, Ngā Kura ā Iwi o Aotearoa
  • Manager, Finance and Resources — Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori Office, University of Waikato
  • Office Manager — Takatū Trust
  • Creative, Performer, Treasurer — Te Iti Kahurangi Incorporated
  • Co-Director — Tawhana Limited
  • Co-Director — Mōwai Mārire Creatives Limited

Tiare Kata Teinakore

Pou Whakarauora — Manager, Resource and Cultural Development

Pou Whakaako — PLD Facilitator

Iwi: Waikato, Ngāti Hauā

Ngā Tohu:

  • MEd (First Class Honours)
  • BA (Māori)
  • Graduate Diploma (Teaching)
  • BMPA
  • Te Panekiretanga o te Reo

Professional Profile:

Tiare is a renowned advocate of te reo Māori revitalisation, spearheading the delivery of Hauā Reo, Hauā Tangata, the language revival strategy for her iwi of Ngāti  Hauā. A former teacher and educator with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Tiare delivered the Bachelor of Teaching programme. She is one of the few women to be awarded the Manukura Wahine prize for female leadership at the National Te Matatini Kapahaka Competition

Experience:

  • Tutor, Leader — Te Iti Kahurangi Kapahaka
  • Kaiwhakahaere Reo — Ngāti Hauā Iwi Trust

Specialisations:

  • Ākonga Māori, Māori Success, Māori Communities
  • The Arts (Māori performing  arts)
  • Te Reo Māori
  • Parents, Whānau, Communities, Iwi
  • Tikanga Māori
  • Te Marautanga o Aotearoa

Norbryn Vaiula

Amo — Rawa Whakaako
Resource Review and Administrative Support

Iwi: Ngā Puhi Hāmoa

Ngā Tohu:

  • BMPA – Te Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

Professional Profile:

Norbryn is a familiar face to many of the whānau in TupuOra, having spent many years as a dedicated and model kaihaka of Te Iti Kahurangi.  In her role, Norbryn will be responsible for supporting the Pou Whakarauora with the delivery of key resource review and development projects.

Norbryn will also provide administration support for other areas of the resource development work programme, having worked extensively as an administrator and teacher aid for both Ngā Puna o Waiōrea and Te Kura Whakapūmau i te Reo Tūturu ki Waitaha.

Experience:

  • Administration Support in English and Māori Education Mediums
  • Teacher Aide / Student Support Services
  • Operations and Logistics Support ASB Polyfest Events, Ngā Manu Kōrero Regional Events

Huhana Rolleston

Pou Herenga — Manager, Partnerships

Iwi: Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui

Ngā Tohu:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Māori)
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bar Admission 2011
  • Te Pīnakitanga ki te Reo Kairangi

Professional Profile:

From 2010, Huhana has assisted hapū and iwi in Treaty of Waitangi settlement negotiation processes as a project manager and solicitor. In 2017, she became the Operations Manager of the Ngāi Te Rangi post settlement governance entity and rūnanga.  She then returned to legal practice at Tukau Law representing hapū and iwi in Waitangi Tribunal kaupapa inquiries before joining TupuOra in 2022.

Huhana is well respected for her professionalism and passion for advancing Māori interests.  She has a robust understanding of Māori legal issues, particularly, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and colonisation.  Huhana is an advocate for Māori reasserting rangatiratanga within their lives and understands the importance of te reo Māori and tikanga Māori to that transformation.

Experience:

  • Negotiations/Legal assistant – Indigenous Corporate Solutions
  • Solicitor – Koning Webster Lawyers
  • Project Manager – Ngāi Te Rangi Settlement Trust, Tauranga Moana Iwi Collective, Mauao Trust
  • Operations Manager – Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Te Rangi Iwi Trust
  • Director – Te Awanui Huka Pak Ltd
  • Senior Solicitor – Tukau Law

Jarred Boon

Pou Toko Akoranga — Manager, Quality and Programme Development

Iwi: Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Apakura

Ngā Tohu:

  • MMPD (First Class Hons)
  • P.G Dip Int / Trans Māori (Distinction)
  • Grad Dip Tch
  • Golden Key Society Member
  • Te Toi Reo Māori (Licensed Te Reo Māori Translator)

Professional Profile:

Jarred is a senior lecturer and advisor of te reo and tikanga Māori. With over 20 years experience, he has been part of a number of initiatives to help develop iwi and community language revitalisation strategies.

Jarred is recognised for his skills in programme design and development, moderation, editing and translation. He has an interest in Pasifika languages and has strong whānau and community values.

Experience:

  • Senior Lecturer — Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology
  • Co-editor — He Puna Kupu He Manawa aa-Whenua
  • Former Chair — S.W.C.F.C Inc
  • Co-director for Pūkauri Limited

Te Manawaroa Teinakore

Pou Whakahihiri — Co-Lead, Graduate Support, and Learner Pathways

Pou Whakaako — PLD Facilitator

Iwi: Tainui, Waikato, Ngāti Hauā

Ngā Tohu:

  • Master of Applied Indigenous Knowledge
  • B.Ed
  • Post Graduate in Mātauranga Māori
  • BMPA

Professional Profile:

Te Manawaroa is a former television host and renowned te reo Māori composer and musician. During her career in broadcasting and music production, she actively sought ways to share and teach her knowledge and skills with diverse audiences. The outcome is a 15-year career in education with teaching experience across all levels. In her previous role, Te Manawaroa was the National Program Manager of Performing Arts for Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. As a graduate of Kura Kaupapa, she is a strong proponent of Māori-medium education. Te Manawaroa is passionate about promoting the value of te reo Māori as a tool for learner success.

Experience:

  • National Programme Manager- TWOA
  • Co-Lead of Te Iti Kahurangi Incorporated
  • Former Kaiako of TWOA
  • Former Kaiako of Peachgrove Intermediate

Specialisations:

  • Ākonga Māori, Māori Success, Māori Communities
  • Priority Learners, Diverse Learners, Pasifika Learners, Adult Learners
  • Parents, Whānau, Communities, Iwi
  • Tikanga Māori
  • Tātaiako

Elizabeth Morgan

Pou Whakahihiri — Co-Lead Graduate Support and Pathways

Pou Whakaako — PLD Facilitator

Iwi: Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tāmanuhiri

Ngā Tohu:

  • BA (Teaching — Primary)

Professional Profile:

A teaching leader of Tikanga and reo Māori, Elizabeth brings a depth of experience in supporting the diverse cultural needs of kaiako and support staff in dual-medium settings. She brings her creativity and attention to detail to support the learning success of those she works alongside. With a background in teaching and education Elizabeth builds a positive rapport with anyone she engages with. She possesses exceptional leadership qualities with a commitment to clear communication and organisational skills tailored to context.

Experience:

  • Primary School Teacher & Syndicate Lead – (Rūmaki, Reorua)
  • Kapahaka Tutor – Nawton School
  • Apple Certified Teacher (Apple Schools Native Applications)

Specialisations:

  • Ākonga Māori, Māori Success, Māori Communities
  • Collaboration, Relationships, Networking, Communication
  • Bilingualism, Dual Medium Contexts, Second Languages, ESOL
  • Student Efficacy, Engagement, Agency, Success
  • Tikanga Māori

Rawinia Paringatai

Pou Ranga Whakaako — Manager, Professional Learning Development

Pou Whakaako — PLD Facilitator

Iwi: Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou

Ngā Tohu:

  • BA (Screen and Media & Māori)
  • Grad Dip in Secondary School Teaching
  • Te Pīnakitanga ki te Reo Kairangi

Professional Profile

Rawinia is an experienced education practitioner teaching across all levels within both English and Māori medium settings. Her passion for te reo, tikanga and te ao Māori has been the driving force behind her work towards systemic change and is recognised for her ability to connect with ākonga, whānau and iwi to support schools and teachers in building an inclusive curriculum and cultural capabilities for the advancement and equitable outcomes for Māori.

Experience:

  • Former Chairperson of Te Puna Ako o Tāhuna Incorporated
  • Technical Writer, Te Marautanga o Aotearoa
  • Facilitator of SELO Strengthening Early Learning Opportunities
  • Facilitator of Māori Medium PCT & Mentoring Programme

Specialisations:

  • Ākonga Māori, Māori Success, Māori Communities
  • Priority Learners, Diverse Learners, Pasifika Learners, Adult Learners
  • Parents, Whānau, Communities, Iwi
  • Tikanga Māori
  • Tātaiako

Greg Koia

Pou Whakairoiro — Lead, Curriculum and Capability Development

Iwi: Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau a Apanui ngā iwi
Te Whānau a Tapuhi, Te Whānau a Te Aopare, Te Whānau a Kahurautao ngā hapū

Ngā Tohu:

  • Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo
  • B.A Māori

Professional Profile:

Greg has experience across the education sector in a variety of roles, as a kaiako in Māori-medium, as a review officer of the Education Review Office and a teaching fellow at Waikato University. He has also worked in a range of initiatives to revitalise te reo Māori, such as a kaiako for numerous Kura Reo, as a Pūkenga for Te Ahu o Te Reo Māori, as a translator, as a Māori language consultant and advisor, as a researcher, as an author, as a script writer and composer.

Experience:

  • Teaching Fellow, University of Waikato
  • Review Officer – ERO
  • Kaiako – Ngā Taiātea Wharekura
  • Trustee, Te Ao Hou Marae

Jessica Walker

Pou Tuihono – Manager, Online Support and Delivery

Pou Ruruku — Tainui, Te Ahu o te Reo Māori

Pou Whakaako — PLD Facilitator

Iwi: Waikato, Ngāti Wairere, Ngāti Maniapoto, Te Aupōuri

Ngā Tohu:

  • Masters of Teaching and Learning
  • BA (Tikanga & Te Reo Māori)
  • BMPA
  • Diploma — Documentary Directing
  • Te Pīnakitanga o te reo Kairangi

Professional Profile:

Jess is nearing ten years as an education practitioner with experience across primary, secondary, mainstream and rūmaki reo school settings. Her input at Ngā Puna o Waiorea — Western Springs College has helped towards the school being gazetted as the first Co-Governance school in Aotearoa.  She is recognised for her skills and abilities in kapa haka and designing successful te reo and tikanga Māori learning programmes. As a māmā of three tamariki, Jess is passionate about improving outcomes for tamariki through the use of te reo and tikanga Māori.

Experience:

  • Pou Ruruku, Te Ahu o Te Reo Māori ki Tainui
  • Former Kaiako of Ngā Puna o Waiorea
  • Trustee, Hukanui Marae
  • Trustee, Freemans Bay School
  • Technical Writer — Te Marautanga o Aotearoa

Specialisations:

  • Ākonga Māori, Māori Success, Māori Communities
  • The Arts
  • Collaboration, Relationships, Networking, Communication
  • Tikanga Māori
  • Te Marautanga o Aotearoa

Rangimarie Ormsby-Teki

Pou Ruruku — Te Moana a Toi, Te Ahu o te Reo Māori

Iwi: Tauranga Moana, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngā Rauru Kītahi

Ngā Tohu:

  • Diploma in Matauranga Māori ki Te Whare Wānanga o Raukawa
  • Bachelor of Māori Performing Arts ki Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiarangi

Professional Profile:

A proud graduate of Te Ahu Matua and Kura ā-iwi, Rangimarie hails from Tauranga Moana and Wanganui, Taranaki.  Her role as Pou Ruruku is to connect communities across the learning sector in Te Waiariki and progress aspirations in Te Reo Rangatira.

Experience:

  • Early Childhood Teacher for 3 years
  • Project Manager for Tūkaea Limited and Tai Group Solutions

Te Wairua Smith

Pou Ruruku — Te Tai Tokerau, Te Ahu o te Reo Māori

Iwi: Ngāti Toro, Ngāpuhi

Ngā Tohu:

  • Te Pīnakitanga ki te Reo Kairangi
  • Te Aupikitanga ki te Reo Kairangi
  • Rongoā Māori Appreciation
  • Dip. Child Birth Education

Professional Profile:

Te Wairua brings a weath of knowledge to her role, as an experienced educator of childcare and Te Ao Māori, a director of Te Mete Limited a kaupapa company that specialises in Te Reo Māori and Te Tiriti education, and a māmā of five fully immersed Te Reo Māori speaking tamariki.

Te Wairua and her whānau are leaders of Te Reo Māori within Te Tai Tokerau and have assisted in the development and delivery of many well-known Te Reo Māori initiatives in the region such as, Te Reo i Kupe,  Po Wero Hinengaro, Te Tūāpapa o te Reo. In addition, Te Wairua and her whānau are excellent examples of their commitment to Te Reo Māori and their accolades include winning the Whānau award in 2019 for Te Taura Whiri o Te Reo – Ngā Tohu Reo Māori.

Furthermore, Te Wairua combines mātauranga Māori, tikanga Māori and Te Reo Māori in her daily practice. Te Wairua has many skills which include time management, growth mindset, conflict resolution, creative thinking and team work to ensure successful outcomes.  She uses her effective communication skills, attention to detail and organisational skills to complete tasks with quality in a timely manner.

Experience:

  • Director of Te Mete Limited
  • Hoia Reo Māori Te Tai Tokerau events coordinator
  • PAFT (Parents as First Teachers) Educator
  • Waitangi National Trust Tour Guide/Performer
  • Kaiwhakarite
  • New Zealand Fire Brigade Volunteer – QF
  • Tukau Legacy Community Fund
  • Northland District Health Board Maternity Clinical Governance Group – Board Member
  • Motatau Kōhanga Reo – Board Member

Anahera Aramakutu

Pou Ruruku — Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatū, Te Ahu o te Reo Māori

Iwi: Ngāti Manawa, Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngāti Porou, Ngati Whaoa, Te Arawa whānui

Ngā Tohu:

  • Poutūārongo Puna Maumahara (Bachelor Information Management) – Te Wānanga o Raukawa
  • Heke Whare Tapere (Diploma in Literal Performing Arts)

Professional Profile:

Brought up in a family of Teachers, Anahera is a product of Kura Kaupapa Māori where her responsibilities included leadership, organisation and management of her peers.

While at Kura Kaupapa, Anahera started her degree in Information Management and worked part time doing office work. In 2019 she completed her degree and worked as Kaihāpai – Project Support Coordinator at Te Ahu a Turanga Alliance.

In 2022, she joined the team at TupuOra as Pou Ruruku for Te Ahu o te Reo Māori in Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatū.

Experience:

  • Kaihāpai – Te Ahu a Turanga Alliance; Manawatū Tararua Highway
  • Kaimahi – Te Kura o Kauwhata
  • Board Secretariat – Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tāmaki nui a Rua – Board of Trustees.

Jamie Lambert

Pou Whakaako — PLD Facilitator

Iwi: Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāpuhi

Ngā Tohu:

  • MPhil (First Class Honours, First Division)
  • BA (Education & Māori)
  • BMPA
  • PGDipArts (Education)
  • Dip. Tertiary Teaching
  • Dip. Māori

Professional Profile:

Jamie is a graduate of the Māori schooling system of Aotearoa New  Zealand starting with Te Kōhanga  Reo o Tokoroa and is now heavily  engaged in Māori education across the sector. She has extensive experience in the education system, including teaching, curriculum design, qualification development, resource design, development and evaluation. She is an advocate for Māori aspirations, narratives and worldviews throughout educational settings. Jamie is a māmā to a daughter and a son; both motivate her passion to do better and be better for Māori through education.

Experience:

  • Lead Programme Designer, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
  • Māori Research and Capability Co-ordinator, Wintec
  • Former Chairperson, Te Iti Kahurangi Inc.
  • Lead Developer Te Kawa  Matakura, Ministry of Education

Specialisations:

  • Ākonga Māori, Māori Success, Māori Communities
  • Curriculum, Local Curriculum Design
  • Evaluation, Assessment, Aromatawai
  • Parents, Whānau, Communities, Iwi
  • Tikanga Māori

Alex Barnes

Pou Aronui — Manager, Evaluation and Inclusion

Pou Whakaako — PLD Facilitator

Iwi: Pākehā with affiliations to Tainui, Mātaatua and Te Tai Tokerau

Ngā Tohu: 

  • BA (Hons)
  • MA (Hons)
  • Te Pīnakitanga ki te Reo Kairangi,
  • Accredited facilitator #984, Ministry of Education.
  • Full-time PhD candidate (Auckland University of Technology)

Specialisations:

  • Ākonga Māori, Māori Success, Māori Communities
  • Collaboration, Relationships, Networking, Communication
  • Curriculum, Local Curriculum Design
  • Governance, Management, Leadership, Change
  • Parents, Whānau, Communities, Iwi

Professional Profile:

Alex has a well-established track record of advancing the educational, social, cultural and environmental elements of wellbeing in education. As a fifth generation Pākehā and graduate of Māori and dual-medium learning, he is interested in growing the critical theory and application of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in education and health specifically, and across New Zealand generally. Alex brings a critical research and evaluation understanding to his bilingual teaching and learning work.

Experience:

Recent publications

Came, H.A., Warbrick, I., Doole, C., Hotere-Barnes, A., Sessa, M. (2019). He hokinga ki te mauri: Strengthening te Tiriti o Waitangi public health education in tertiary education settings. Teaching in Higher Education: Critical Perspectives. 

Hotere-Barnes, A., White, A., Raroa, R. (2018). Te Reo Māori Resources in English-Medium: An Exploratory Paper. CORE Education: Christchurch.

Hotere-Barnes, A., Ward, C. (2017). Digital Technologies | Hangarau Matihiko: Curriculum user research summary report. Ministry of Education: Wellington.

Hotere-Barnes, A., Davis, P., McLean, C (2017). Deliberative practices and curriculum design: Two cultural and professional narratives. Kettering Foundation: Dayton Ohio, USA.

Hotere-Barnes, A. (2017). Strengthening reo and tikanga Māori in digital learning: Hangarau matihiko ā-takiwā. Ministry of Education: Wellington.

Hotere-Barnes, A., Isaac-Sharland, H., Gully, N., Komene, T.M. (2017). Te Papa Hīnātore – Learning lab: An evaluation of the development and delivery of a pilot Te Papa Hīnātore programme to Arareo Māori learning settings. Ministry of Education and The Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa: Wellington.

Hotere-Barnes, A., Komene, T.M., Te Whaiti, W. (2017). Taking stock of Māori medium educational resources: Priorities, gaps and futures? Summary paper. Christchurch: CORE Education

Memberships

  • Tāmaki Treaty Workers
  • Te Wānanga o Raukawa (kaiāwhina, guest lecturer/volunteer)
  • Reo2NZ – Ngā Rauawa o te Reo Māori
  • The Kettering Foundation (USA)
  • Groundwork – Facilitating Change Associate