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Hemoata Tauroa

Ko Maunga Taniwha te Maunga
Ko Maamaru te waka
Ko Parata te Rangatira
Ko Kahutianui te Whaea tupuna
Ko Tokerau te Moana
Ko Oruru te awa
Ko Kauhanga Te Marae
Ko Ngati Kahu te iwi
Ko Hemoata ahau

Nga mihi whanau,

Born and bred Ngati Kahu raised at our whanau farm in Kaiaka aka Fairburn with my Karani ma Mihimoria Mete along with my sister June and brother Wimoka. My Karani pa passed away before I was born, he aha our Karani ma remained living in Ngati Kahu and kept us connected to our whenua in Kaiaka. My beautiful karani ma passed away some years ago and she certainly plays a significant role in my career to date particularly with tamariki and mokopuna Maori.

I have 3 beautiful daughters and several mokopuna and they too live in and around Muriwhenua.

In October of 2021, I took up the role of Chief Executive for Ngati Kahu Social & Health Services.
I bring 30 years of working experience with me in social services both in community and government. In that time, I’ve held various roles in front line from social work to leadership and eventually into management where I spent the last 10 years as Site Manager for Oranga Tamariki based in Kaitaia.

I’ve also worked voluntary with the elderly and in that time set up a support roopu for ex-service men and women based in South Auckland. I also have working experience in the hospitality trade where I consider the best training in customer service.

In the early 90’s I had the privilege of working alongside Ngati Kahu Social & Health Services and I always knew that was where I wanted to be and so here I am.

I am looking forward to making a change that reaches our people.
He aroha whakato
He aroha puta mai

Mauri Ora
Hemoata Tauroa
Chief Executive
Ngati Kahu Social & Health Services

Tracey Haretuku
Operations Manager

Ko Te Puheke te Maunga
Ko Wairahoraho te awa
Ko Merita, Ko Karikari nga moana
Ko Rorohuri, Ko Whanau Moana nga haapu
Ko Whatuwhiwhi te kainga e noha ana ahau
Ko Ngati Kahu te iwi

Ko Tame Poharama raua Ko Te Paea Tauhara oku Karani matua
Ko Tracey Haretuku ahau.

Tena tatou, Ko wai au?
I am a mother of four adult children and a nanny of seven mokopuna soon to be eight.
I have been serving in the social sector for approximately 19 years with my last role as a Supervisor for Oranga Tamariki.
Working in the industry of serving mokopuna has taught me that wellness derives from the contribution of their whanau, haapu and iwi and with this drives my passion to ensure we at NKSHS are walking alongside whanau to reach their desired outcomes.

My role is Operations Manager and one of my key functions is to work closely alongside our CEO Hemoata Tauroa to ensure we have the right resources to serve our whanau in the best way possible.

When I am challenged, I hold dearly to whakatauki such as this:
Ngati Kahu Tokoiti, Ngati Kahu Manawanui (We maybe little on the ground, but our hearts are in the right place)

Mauri ora

William Paki
Clinical Lead

Ko Manaia te Maunga
Ko Mahuhu-ki-te-Rangi te Waka
Ko Te Whanga-o-Reipae te moana
Ko Rangiora te Marae
Ko Patuharakeke te hapu
Ko Ngati Wai te iwi
Ko Wiremu Paki ahau
Tena tatou katoa

I was born and raised in Terenga Paraoa (Whangarei) to Gilbert and Dianna Paki (nee Johnson). I have two siblings, an older sister, Ria and younger brother Patrick. I have five sons and two daughters. Our whanau have 11 mokopuna and three great mokopuna.

In 2014 I was given an opportunity with Ngati Kahu Social and Health Services as a Community Support Worker in the Mental Health and Addictions team. In three years, I was promoted to Team Lead/Manager, I served almost two years in the role before relocating to Whangarei for whanau purposes. In this time, I completed study in Dunedin and Rotorua with Moana House and graduated as a Co-existing Problem endorsed, Alcohol and Drug Clinician.

I am also an accredited DAPAANZ Registered Clinician.

For the last three years, while based at Kaitaia Hospital - Northland District Health Board, I worked in the Adult Mental Health and Addictions team, as an Alcohol and Drug clinician and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services team, as a Co-existing Problems (CEP) Clinician.

In November 2021, I returned to Ngati Kahu Social and Health Services in the role of Clinical Lead. There is absolutely no coincidence in my mind I have made my way back to Ngati Kahu, as their commitment and investment in me made my decision to return all the more easier.

I have faith and confidence in the unseen divine plan, and I look forward to serving our whanau.

Na manaakitanga

Mere Tapara
Executive Assistant

Ki te taha o toku papa
Pirongia te maunga
Mangapu te awa
Tainui te waka
Ngāti Maniapoto te Iwi
Ngāti Hauā te hapu
Rereamanu te marae
Ko Frank Tapara toku papa

Ki te taha o toku whaea
Pukehuia me Pukehaua nga maunga
Toukahawai te awa
Ngatokimatawhaorua te waka
Nga Puhi te iwi
Ngati Hau me Ngati Kaharau nga hapu
Te Piiti te marae
Ko Rangihau Maihi toku whaea
Ko Mere Tapara ahau

He aha te mea nui o te ao?
He tangata he tangata he tangata!

Te aroha
Te whakapono
Me te rangimarie
Tatou tatou e

I was born in Rawene Hospital, the potiki of six siblings, Mum from Omanaia & Dad hailing from Tainui.

I have an abundance of fond memories spending holidays in Omanaia with my karani mama, Bibi Maihi Taniora (nee Cook).

My career to date spans thirty years in customer service, administration and service delivery within central govt, the NGO and health sectors - my primary focus: always to help whanau do better. I have worked in Te Waipounamu, Auckland and Wellington until I returned home to Te Tai Tokerau with my partner and her mum in 2017.

I spent three years providing administration and clerical support at Kaitaia Hospital.

My first encounter with NKSHS in 2018 was not a positive one however, that did not deter me applying for the EA role later on.

Joining NKSHS in February 2022, I’m thrilled to continue helping whanau do better, excited by the many opportunities ahead and positively delighted to be part of a newly invigorated organisation.

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.

Kylie Kara
Team Lead - Whaioranga

Ko Okahumoko te Maunga
Ko Karangahape te Marae
Ko Karangahape te Whare Tupuna
Ko Te Touwai te Awa
Ko Whangaroa te Moana
Ko Mamaru te Waka
Ko Parata te Tangata
Ko Kahutianui te Whaea
Ko Kylie Tua-Kara toku ingoa

Dedicated wife and mother to 7 beautiful tamariki.
Whakapapa to Ngati Kahu ki Whangaroa (Dad), Waitaha/Tapuika (Mum).
Born and raised in the Bay of Plenty, a small town called Te Puke. Migrated to the Far North in the late 90’s and haven’t left.
Passionate about working for and with our whanau, supporting their needs no matter how big or small.
Have life experience in many area’s which has given me the determination and drive to see our whanau succeed.

‘Manawa piharau’ (Determined until the end)

Bonnie Cook
Team Lead - Taiohi Tētē

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.

Shani Roff-Smith
Office Admin

Ko Puheke te Maunga
Ko Karikari te Moana
Ko Mamaru te Waka
Ko Haititaimarangai te Marae
Ko Kahutianui te Tupuna
Ko Te Parata te Tangata
Ko Ngati Kahu te iwi
Ko Te Whanau moana Te Hapu

Kia Ora my name is Shani,

I am the Admin Support kai mahi working alongside an amazing team of people at Ngati Kahu Social & Health Services and with our community.

I was born in Whangarei raised here in the Far North. I have seven siblings and I’m the fifth child from my father and I’m the youngest from my mother. I was raised by my Mum and with my two eldest sisters. I have two beautiful young boys to my partner, and we live in Kaitaia.

In my role I am to ensure that the administrative needs for our organisation and whanau we work with are seamless.
I enjoy working with my whanau and look forward to working with you.

Nga Mihi

Annaleah Fitzgerald

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.

Dave Lasike
Kaimahi Ora

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 23 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, and exploring, the far north 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

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.

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.

Anne Tauroa
Community Support Worker

Ko Maunga Taniwha Te maunga
Ko Mamaru Te Waka
Ko Parata Te Tangata
Ko Kahutianui Te Tupuna Whaea
Ko Oruru Te Awa
ko Tokerau Te Moana
Ko Kauhanga Te Marae
Ko Ngati Kahu me Tainui nga Iwi

Ko Hemoata Tauroa toku mama
Ko Riki Tauroa toku papa
Ko Maria Tauroa raua Ko Shani Roff Smith nga tuahine
Ko Troy Te Wao taku teina atawhai
Ko Noah taku Tamaiti
Ko Camo Thomas, me TJ Paparoa Thallin raua ko Malakai Paparoa Thallin taku Iramutu
Ko Anne Tauroa aka AWOL ahau

Kia ora tatou

Ko Annie Tenei and I am a Kaupapa Maori Support worker a Facilitator for Wahine Ma programs and Facilitator for He Oranga Tangata Rangatahi Program.

I love my whanau and community very much, my passion for helping whanau came at a really young age inspired by amazing leaders like my mum, Papa Dixon Motu, Aunty Cari Saulo and the list goes on.

I don't feel like I'm at work I feel like I am at home supporting our whanau as a hapu.

Ngā mihi aroha e te whanau

Shane Timmermans
Early Intervention Practitioner

Ko Mamari te Waka
Ko Awaroa raua ko Rotokakahi nga Awa
Ko Hinerakei te Maunga
Ko Ohaki te Marae
Ko Te Uri o Tai te Hapu
Ko Te Rarawa ma Te Aupouri nga Iwi
Ko Ngataiawa te Tupuna
Ko Shane Timmermans toku ingoa.

Kia ora, my name is Shane Timmermans and I am very passionate about working alongside our people especially in areas such as drug and alcohol prevention and engagement into education and mahi.

I graduated from the University of Auckland with a Post Graduate Diploma in Criminology which enables me to look at preventative measures that can support and encourage our whanau.

I am a proud full-time Solo-Dad to an amazing 6 year old Tane whose energy keeps up with my own. We enjoy what Tangaroa has to offer as often as possible and love feeding he tangata.

Urupani Raui
Community Support Worker

Noku ei toku purotu
No roto I te kutikuti o te rangi e
E rongo e
Ka turuturu o te kauariki ki runga x3
Ieeekoko …

My beauty is mine and comes from the realms of heaven
Uphold yourself with the support of our ancestors.

Maugna pu te maunga
Ko takitumu te waka
Ko Tautu, Vaipae, toku iwi
Ko Tokoroa, Aitutaki te hapu
Ko st lukes PIPC te marae
E ngati kuki airani ahau
Ko Raui/Glassie toku whanau
Ko Urupani Raui ahau.

Kia Orana my name is Urupani Raui. I was born and raised in Tokoroa.

Tokoroa is a multi-cultural town and is synonymous with South Waikato with about 3000+ strong Pacifica community hailing from the Cook Islands. The Cook Islands has 15 stars that represent each of the 15 Islands, and Tokoroa is commonly referred to as the 16th star, it is an Island away from home.

I am the youngest of 11, 6 born and raised in the Cook Islands, and the rest of us here in NZ.
I have 5 teenagers, 2 girls and 3 boys. They have connection to Te rarawa & Nga puhi iwi.
I kaimahi at the Northerner and in the community.
I have a background in nursing and love what I do.

Kia Orana.

Jesse Morunga
Social Worker in Schools

Ko Manaia te maunga
Ko Terenga Paroa te moana
Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te waka
Ko Ngapuhi te iwi
Ko Patuharakeke te hapu
Ko Takahiwai te marae
Ko Jesse Morunga toku ingoa.

Kia ora my name is Jesse Morunga, and I am a social worker at Ngati Kahu Social and Health services. I am of Maori and Scottish descent and was raised in Melbourne Australia. I moved to Te Tai Tokerau when I was 12 and I love it. I am a sole parent daddy to an eleven-year-old daughter, and she has been a major part of my social work journey. Due to raising my daughter as a sole parent, I now have a passion to work with young families. Coming from a family that loves Rugby, I also have a passion for health and fitness. Having a passion for Health and fitness has played a major role in my life and has allowed me to overcome hardships in my life. I am also of Cristian faith and this too has been a major foundation to my social work journey. I believe I have gained my values and beliefs from the cristian faith. This includes the value of being pono, enduring life’s hardship with aroha and a belief that we are all created equal. While at Ngati Kahu Social Services, I hope to use my values, beliefs and passions to serve the community and its people.

Doll King
Covid Connector

Ko Pohaturoa toku maunga
Ko Waikato toku awa
Ko Tainui toku waka
Ko Raukawa toku iwi
Ko Ngati Wairangi me Ngati Whaita oku hapu
Ko Ongaroto toku marae
Ko Doll King toku ingoa

Kia ora koutou

My name is Doll, I was born and raised in Tokoroa.
My tane affiliates to Ngapuhi and Ngati Kahu ki Whangaroa and we reside in Mangonui.
Together we have seven tamariki and twelve mokopuna with many more to come.
Previously employed with Te Runanga o Whangaroa as the Whanau Ora Kaiarahi.
Through this mahi I have engaged with Ngati Kahu Social and Health Services and worked collaboratively to support our whanau in Te Tai Tokerau.

I have recently been appointed as the Community Connector for Ngati Kahu Social and Health Services as part of the response to Covid 19.

Supporting people to realise and achieve "their ultimate health and wellbeing" is my passion and I am super excited by the opportunities and challenges that lay ahead.

Anne Maree Morrissey
Youth Payment Coach

Ko Anne Maree toku ingoa
Ko Hikurungi te Maunga
Ko Waiapu te awa
Ko Iritekura te Marae

Born in a small country town called Te Puia Springs on the East Coast.
Moved to Gisborne for high school and work.
I am a mother of three beautiful children and a nanny of four treasured mokopuna, two boys and two girls.
And hoping for many more to come.....

My partner is of Ngati Kahu descent and we have recently relocated home to Whatawhiwhi to build on whanau land.
I have always enjoyed working with people and I am dedicated and committed to helping whanau do better.

As a Youth Payment Coach within the Nga Tipuranga Team, I see my mahi as an extension and continuation of work I have done previously in the retail and customer service sectors.

I am excited about the opportunities and challenges my mahi will bring.

Canary Herbert
Youth Worker in Schools

Tena Koutou e te whanau,
Ki te taha o toku papa. ​
Ko Arowhana te maunga
Ko Waitomo te awa
Ko Tinana te waka
Ko Whakamaharatanga te marae
Ko Te Rarawa, Ngati kahu me Ngati kuri te iwi
Ko Barry raua ko Tekura Herbert oku matua
Ko Allen raua ko Kere Herbert oku tupuna
Ko Tumoana te tangata
No Manukau/Owhata me Rarotonga au
Ko Canary Herbert toku ingoa

Tena ra koutou katoa,

I’m a 97-baby born in South Auckland and raised in the Far North since I was 6. I am the potiki of 7 siblings. I learnt at an early age that I have a strong passion to share the love of life, awhi and work with all people but especially our own. I went to Kaitaia Abundant Life School for most of my schooling years and my parents tried to raise me in a church environment, where I discovered I had a voice to share and love for music where I’ve made a lot of connections with some amazing people. It really feels like I’m meant to be here. A life-long goal has been realised and achieved - thanks to Ngati Kahu, I have recently been appointed as Youth worker in my hometown of Kaitaia. I will be travelling to different schools getting to know our Rangatahi and giving awhi to enable them to strive for the best outcomes life has to offer. Awaken the Mana and unlock the Aroha deep within.

Kia koi te marama, kia mahana te ngakau, Puku mahi mai.
“Keep your mind Sharp, Your heart Warm and your stomach Strong.”

Nga mihi e te whanau

Anna Anderson
Youth Worker in Schools

“Ka puta mai I nga teitei o Hautere”
Ki te taha o toku Mama Ko Nancy Kuia Tawhi Amopiu tana ingoa
Ko Hautere te Maunga
Ko Orakanui te Awa
Ko Ngati Ahuru te hapu
Ko Raukawa te Iwi
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Ngatira Haere te Marae
Ko Te Tikanga o Tawhiao te Whare Tipuna
Ki te taha o toku Papa Ko Fred Darby Rangaunu Anderson tana ingoa
Ko Maungataniwha te Maunga
Ko Tokerau te Awa
Ko Matarahurahu te hapu
Ko Ngati Kahu te Iwi
Ko Mamaru te Waka
Ko Kenana te Marae
Ko Te Ranginui te Whare Tipuna
Ko Anna Anderson taku ingoa,

I’m very passionate about Traditional Toi Māori, nga mahi raranga and mahi tamoko. These taonga are a beautiful medium I love to teach and share with people especially our Rangatahi to help guide them in a safe space to seek and claim their own individual Mana, Tapu and Aroha. I am BLESSED! to have this role working as a Youth Mentor at Ngati Kahu Social Services, I look forward to helping and guiding the future leaders in our communities and Iwi.


Vervies Barnes
Community Support Worker

Tena tatou katoa e te whanau
Ki te taha o taku mama
Ko te Pa o Matangirau te maunga
Ko Te Touwai te awa
Ko Whangaroa te moana
Ko Karangahape te marae
Ko Mamaru te waka
Ko Parata te Tangata tupuna
Ko Clem Urlich raua ko Kathleen Joseph’s oku tupuna
Ko Isabella Kathleen Urlich oku mama

Ki te taha o taku Papa
Ko te Kai-a-te-Whitu te maunga
Ko Waimamaku te awa
Ko Hokianga te moana
Ko Whakamaharatanga te marae
Ko Arthur Barnes raua ko Te Rina Tuhoro oku tupuna
Ko Frederick Waitai Barnes oku matua
Ko Matangirau taku kainga noho
Ko Vervies Kathryn Barnes ahau

Tena tatou, ko wai au?

I was born in Papakura Obstetric Hospital many moons ago. I have lived in Te Tai Tokerau most of my life, we moved to Te Tai Tokerau when I was 7/ 8 years old to be near my grandparents on my mama’s side. We resided in a very large native school that is known as ‘The Old School’ in a little valley called Matangirau.

As years past I became a mother to two sons, the eldest living in Australia and the youngest who lives in Kerikeri. I am also a nan.

My background is in Education where I was blessed in my career to have worked for 18 years in many sectors within this realm. I have appreciated working with and for our whanau, tamariki and taiohi in Te Tai Tokerau and knowing that I was contributing to my community gave me the satisfaction that I was in the right place doing the right thing for whanau and whanaunga alike.

I now find myself at Ngati Kahu Social & Health Services on another community-based mission knowing that I will give 110% of my efforts to provide awhi and manaaki to whanau who also in return will guide me. Whaia te matauranga hei oranga mo koutou.

Mauri ora

Olivia Ashby-Cartwright
Social Worker in Schools

Ko Pukearinga te maunga
Ko Ngunguru te awa
Ko Mahuhu Ki Te Rangi te waka
Ko Ngati Wai te iwi
Ko Ngati Takapari te Hapu
Ko Paratene Te Manu te marae
I whanau mai au I Whangarei
Ko Kaitaia te whanau Kainga
Ko Olivia taku ingoa

I am a wife, sister, daughter, granddaughter, aunty, cousin & friend. Currently, I am also a mother to 3, but those 3 have four legs, fur and a tail each, so some may say that doesn’t count.

I was born and raised within a blended whanau in Whangarei. I moved to the beautiful Far North in 2020 to support my tane in his mahi. Te Hiku o Te Ika has had my heart since day 1 and my tane and I plan to make this our permanent home.

I am a registered social worker and graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in social services in 2017. Until beginning with Ngati Kahu Social & Health Services in 2022, I had been a social worker within the government space. Today, I am a Kaimahi Kura (Social Worker in Schools) and am living the dream, working with tamariki & rangatahi to ensure the greatest possible outcomes for them, their whanau and their futures.

I am a strong believer in social work being whanau led. I am not here to make decisions for anyone – I am here to listen, be an advocate for whanau and to bridge the gap between the needs of whanau and the right supports for them.

Mauri ora

Tilly Pomare
Kaupapa Support Worker

Ko Panguru te maunga
Ko Whakarapa te Awa
Ko Hokianga te moana
Ko Ngati Manawa, Ko Waiarki me Te Kaitutai nga hapu
Ko Ngati Manawa me Waipuna nga marae
Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te waka
Ko Kupe te tangata

I was born in Tokoroa to Wiremu Here Pomare and Ripeka Hoani (nee Abraham)
In 1966 at the age 8 years old my dad's brother Peter Here Pomare and his wife Nganeko (nee Murray) asked for me to live with them permanently in Panguru on the papakainga which my dad agreed.
From that day till I was 19 years old both my uncle and aunt were my parents.

As a child growing in a small rural community I was exposed to the wider whanau and learnt quickly of what was "te huarahi tika i raro te pono me te aroha" - Kuia were also instrumental in my life especially on the marae and knowing your role and responsibilities even at a young age.

Working today in the industry is about whanau wellbeing outcomes - self managing and resilient - connected and feel like they belong - feel safe in their homes and communities.

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