Our Team

Staff and Advisors

Zoe Aroha Hawke

Kaiwhakahaere Matua,Chief Executive Officer - Ngāti Hako, Ngāti Paoa, Ngāti Pākehā

Zoe Aroha Hawke

Kaiwhakahaere Matua,Chief Executive Officer - Ngāti Hako, Ngāti Paoa, Ngāti Pākehā

Ko Moehau, ko Te Aroha , ōku maunga.
Ko Tirohia, ko Kerepehi, ko Makomako ōku marae
Ko Tikapa te moana
ko Waihou te awa
Ko Tanui, ko Toharā ōku waka.
Ko Zoe Hawke tōku ingoa
Ko Witikia, ko Paora ōku Whānau.
Nō Hauraki ahau.
Ko Jason Tokawhakaea Hawke tōku hoa tane
Ko Kaitiaki, raua ko Ngātai ōku tama.

Zoe has worked in hauora sector for over 20 years.  With qualifications in social work, public health, and community development, she has worked in leadership positions in Māori public health locally and nationally. Zoe has lead community engagement teams and policy and advocacy teams in the area of mental health, tobacco control, problem gambling harm prevention, alcohol harm prevention, well-child tamariki ora, nutrition and physical activity, SUDI prevention.

Zoe gains great strength from her māmā, who was a teenage mother and despite a range of challenges was an outstanding parent who achieved much in life personally and professionally.

Zoe also holds lived experience of the impacts of state care on whānau intergenerationally. This also influences her thinking and approach to providing whānau tautoko.

Zoe currently works to lead the strategic direction of the E Tipu E Rea Whānau Service Board,  and supports the overall operation of the organisation, and reaching its mission of

Supporting mātua taiohi and pēpi to grow, thrive and be rangatira within their whānau and community”. 

Zoe holds several board positions on an iwi and community level.  Outside of mahi , Zoe loves spending time with her growing boys aged 8 and 11 and her amazing māmā.

Tahlea Hohaia

Kaiwhakahaere Tari-Office Manager

Tahlea Hohaia

Kaiwhakahaere Tari-Office Manager

Ngongotahā te maunga
Ko Te Arawa te waka
Ko Tamatekapua te tangata
Ko Ngāti Whakaue te Iwi
Ko Paratehoata Te Kohea ngā marae 
Ko Tūnohopū te whare
Ko James tōku whānau
Ko  Peter tōku pāpā 

Ko Maunga Turoto te maunga
Ko Ohaewai te awa
Ko Ngatirangi te hapu
Ko Ngawha te marae
Ko E koro kia Tutuki te whare
Ko Takauere te taniwha
Ko Penetaui te tupuna
Ko Beazley tōku whānau
Ko Ngāpuhi te iwi
Ko Ingrid toku mama
Ko Tahlea Hohaia tōku ingoa
Ko Karson tōku tamaiti

Tahlea joined E Tipu E Rea Whānau at the end of 2020 and with her lived experiences as a teen parent makes her extremely passionate about working with mātua taiohi and their pēpi. Tahlea is very committed to being part of the cause that removes the negative stereotypes a lot of young parents have to face daily. Tahlea is a skilled accounts and office manager for E Tipu E Rea, and highlights daily that being a teen parent does not get in the way of success.  Tahlea’s lived experience also supports the strategic and daily operations of our organisation.

Tahlea’s personal life consists of a lot of traveling,  sports and dancing with whānau and friends. She enjoys creating new memories with her whānau and friends.

Alina Clark

Kaimahi Toko I Te Ora-Senior Social Worker

Alina Clark

Kaimahi Toko I Te Ora-Senior Social Worker

Ko Alina Clark tōku ingoa.

Alina has worked in the community for over 20 years with different whānau based services. Alina holds qualifications in Social Work and Early Childhood Education.  Alina started her career off as a Plunket Community Karitane Health Promoter.

Alina has worked with  E Tipu E Rea Whānau Services as a Senior Social Worker providing tautoko to hapū māmā and their tamariki since 2020.   Alina has a passion for walking alongside mātua taiohi on their journey as new parents.

In her personal life Alina enjoys living in her whare, with three generations under one roof. Her two tamariki also enjoy having their grandparents and parents around them all the time.

Wyllis Maihi

Cultural Advisor to CEO

Wyllis Maihi

Cultural Advisor to CEO

Ko Māhuhu-ki-te-rangi te waka
Ko Waitematā te moana
Ko Maungawhau, Maungakiekie ngā maunga
Ko Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei te iwi
Ko Maihi te whānau
Ko Wyliss Maihi tōku ingoa.

Laifaiga Filiva'a

Kaimahi Mātua Taiohi -Teen Dad Mentor

Laifaiga Filiva'a

Kaimahi Mātua Taiohi -Teen Dad Mentor

Ko Laifaiga Filivaa tōku ingoa

Laifaiga Filivaa joined E Tipu E Rea Whānau at the end of 2018. After having worked in the education sector for 5 years Laifaiga found that he preferred helping and talking with students more than he did working in a traditional teaching context, and decided he wanted to work more deeply with others. Laifaiga works 1:1 with young fathers,  co-ordinates writing projects (funding applications, business cases, reports) and is our in-house IT support  (social media, website development, troubleshooting computer and phone issues).

Having been a young father himself, Laifaiga has faced the stigma that young parents have to deal with. He strongly believes that by offering support, information, or just listening to how they are doing, young dads can thrive to be successful in their parenting journey.  Laifaiga is proudly Samoan and is currently in the process of researching his whakapapa Māori.

Laifaiga is active in the Te Atatū community as well greater Auckland area. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball, reading and playing with his tamariki.

Laifaiga Filiva'a

Kaimahi Mātua Taiohi -Teen Dad Mentor

Laifaiga Filiva'a

Kaimahi Mātua Taiohi -Teen Dad Mentor

Ko Laifaiga Filivaa tōku ingoa

Laifaiga Filivaa joined E Tipu E Rea Whānau at the end of 2018. After having worked in the education sector for 5 years Laifaiga found that he preferred helping and talking with students more than he did working in a traditional teaching context, and decided he wanted to work more deeply with others. Laifaiga works 1:1 with young fathers,  co-ordinates writing projects (funding applications, business cases, reports) and is our in-house IT support  (social media, website development, troubleshooting computer and phone issues).

Having been a young father himself, Laifaiga has faced the stigma that young parents have to deal with. He strongly believes that by offering support, information, or just listening to how they are doing, young dads can thrive to be successful in their parenting journey.  Laifaiga is proudly Samoan and is currently in the process of researching his whakapapa Māori.

Laifaiga is active in the Te Atatū community as well greater Auckland area. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball, reading and playing with his tamariki.

Lauren Bartley

Kaimahi Toko I Te Ora -Senior Social Worker

Lauren Bartley

Kaimahi Toko I Te Ora -Senior Social Worker

Ko Raumatangi o Te Awaroa te maunga e tau ai taku ngākau
Ko Muriwai te moana e poipoi nei i taku whānau
Ko Allen Bartley rāua ko Naomi Connolly tōku mātua
No England, Ireland, Italy me United States tōku tūpuna
Ko Lauren Bartley tōku ingoa
No Te Awaroa ahau

Lauren joined E Tipu E Rea in 2020, having worked as a social worker in schools, and as a social worker at Auckland City Hospital in Women’s Health. Lauren is deeply passionate about seeing mātua taiohi flourish as young people and as new parents, and is quickly able to build strong relationships with māmā taiohi using a tuakana/teina approach.

Being Pākeha in a Māori organisation, Lauren is committed to being tangata tiriti, and acknowledges Ngāti Whatua o Kaipara as the iwi of the land in which she was raised and calls home.

Lauren is a strong advocate for the rangatiratanga and wairuatanga of mātua taiohi, their tamariki, and their whānau.

Lauren also brings valuable skills in advocacy at a systems macro level, and is our Policy and Advocacy Lead.

In her spare time, you’ll find Lauren on a tramp in the bush, catching some waves at Muriwai, or curled up with a good book. The only member of our team without tamariki of her own, Lauren enjoys peace and quiet on behalf of the rest of us!

EMMA RAWSON

Advisor and Contractor

EMMA RAWSON

Advisor and Contractor

Emma Rawson – Te Patu is of Ngāti Ranginui, Ngai te Rangi, Raukawa and Ngāti Haua descent. She has been involved in Public Health, Hauora Maori, Research, Training, Facilitation and Education for over 18years. Emma is māmā to Waimarie (19) and recently married to Adrian. They live in Grey Lynn with two ngeru (Whare and Puawai) and their new kurī (TT).

Emma has recently been a lecturer in Hauora Māori and Māori Health Promotion at AUT University and holds a Master of Philosophy focused on Barriers and Success factors for Māori in Public Health and beyond. Emma is an experienced facilitator and educator and specialises in Tiriti Alignment and how to use a Te Tiriti framework for practice. She is Co-Vice Chair of the Indigenous Working Group of the World Federation of Public Health Associations, Director of ManuKahu Associates – Indigenous consulting, and is passionate about supporting individuals and organisations to understand and live their Tiriti responsibilities and all the richness that that brings.

Emmaline Pickering-Martin

Policy and Advocacy Lead

Emmaline Pickering-Martin

Policy and Advocacy Lead

Ni Sa Bula Vinaka. Na yacaqu o Emmaline Pickering-Martin.
Na yacai tinaqu o Margaret, na yacai tamaqu o Lindsay.
Na Tuakaqu o Ratu Joni Kalougivaki, na nona koro o Nauluvatu Nakelo.
Na noqu Bubu o Emmaline, na nona koro o Sawaieke, Gau.

Kia ora ko Emmaline ahau. Born and raised in Viti until I was a young person. Since migrating from my vanua to my whenua here in Aotearoa I have lived in Te Atatū and still do. My mahi is in health, education, media and most importantly being a Māmā to 3 hardcase Fijian, Māori, Sàmoan, Tuvaluan little humans. My Masters research titled ‘Na gaunisala me vakavinakataki kina na bula ni vaksama : The way towards positive mental wellbeing. Frontline perspectives of the mental health system in Fiji. Focussed on the mental health system in Fiji and its policies, alongside this it gave a voice to frontline workers and their experiences. I am a hearty activist and bring this into all my mahi. Being a teenage māmā myself I come to E Tipu E Rea Whānau Services with lived experience and a passion for ensuring our whānau are able to walk through this world empowered and loved.

BEN THOMASON

Brand and Design Lead

BEN THOMASON

Brand and Design Lead

Ko Tararua ngā pae maunga
Ko Ōtaki te awa
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga te iwi
Ko Ngā Kapumanawawhiti te hapū
Ko Davis te whānau
Ko Ben tōku ingoa,

I ahu mai ai ki tētahi wāhanga o te taone nui, arā ko Tāmaki Makaurau, ko taua takiwā ko Te Raki Paewhenua. I kuraina e au ki te kura Tuarua o Oneroa kātahi ka haere ki Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau me te Whare Wānanga o Yoobee School of Design. I whai tohu au ki roto i te Ao Putaiao me te Hanga Niko/Whakanikoniko anō hoki. I whakatūria e au taku pakihi niko arā, Mana Design kia ruku hōhonu ai ki te ao whakarakei me te whakawaiwaiā o ngā mea katoa. Heoi anō, i mokemoke ai ahau mō āku āhuatanga Māori, nā whai atu i ērā momo huarahi i hoki ai au ki tōku Ao Māori, ā, ka whakauru au ki ngā akoranga Reo Māori ki te Whare Wānanga o Aotearoa, Rōnakitanga, Aupikitanga tae noa ki te Pīnakitanga o te Reo Kairangi. Kātahi anō au ka whakapōtaetia te kaupapa whakamutunga, ko te Pīnakitanga.

 

Ko toku matainaina ko te whakawhanuitanga o ngā Toi Māori ki ngā kokona katoa o tēnei Ao Kikokiko.

 

My name is Ben Thomason, a proud Māori descendent of Ngāti Raukawa based in Ōtaki. I grew up on Auckland’s North Shore where I attended the decile 10 School Long Bay College. After college I degrees in Science and Graphic Design from UoA and Yoobee School of Design. My passion remained in the Graphic Design side of things as I already had a background in Māori Art from my apprenticeship as a Tā Moko (Māori Tattoo) artist in my final year of college. After graduating i set myself as a freelance Graphic Designer under the Sole Trader Name, Mana Design. I worked tirelessly to broaden my skillset. My background in Māori Art saw a gapped filled in the design world and i’ve been lucky enough to work alongside some awesome companies such as, Auckland Transport, MoE, Māori TV, TVNZ, NZ Police, Māori Party, Te Whānau o Waipareira, Whānau Ora, ANZ, Northern Mystics and the Warriors.

 

However as I have progressed i’ve found myself wanting to solidify my skillset and cultural competency even further, thus for the last 3 years ive been enrolling and graduating all the full emersion Te Reo Māori programmes at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. Im currently about to graduate the final course they have on offer at the highest academic level with that institute.

 

To conclude, my deepest want is to use all my skills and work ethic to see Māori Art done right and flourishing around the world so it too can be loved by all.

Joanne Rama

Joanne Rama

Ko Joanne Rama taku ingoa
Ko Pirongia me Taupiri aku Maunga
Ko Waipapa me Waikato aku awa
Ko Kahotea taku marae
Ko Ngati Apakura taku iwi
Ko Ngati Hinetu taku hapu
Nga mihi mahana ki a koutou

I am the partner of John, mother to 11, godmother of 2, and Nanny Jo to 13 mokopuna. I am a daughter, sister, aunty, and cousin to many.

I work with ADHB to provide community, pregnancy and parenting programmes, and through this mahi I am working with E Tipu e Rea to deliver monthly wānanga to hapū māmā and mātua taioihi. My passion is to restore traditional Māori birth knowledge and wisdom to whānau. My other passion is maternal mental health. I have lived experience with perinatal depression as do my daughters and nieces.

I graduated as a registered nurse in 1990, and as a midwife in 1992. I was one of the first LMC Māori midwives to practice in South Auckland and spent 18 years providing care for Māori whānau. During this time I was a founding member of Putea o Pua Trust that created what is now known as Turuki Health Care in Mangere. I was Hapūtanga Kaiārahi for Ngāti Whātua ki Orākei 2014- 2020 and I also helped establish Ngā Maia which is the national Māori midwives organisation.

Cindy Kawana

Housing Lead and Whānau Violence Advisor

Cindy Kawana

Housing Lead and Whānau Violence Advisor

Ko Taranaki ōku mounga
Ko Aotea ōku waka
Ko Ngaruahinerangi me Rangitane o Wairarapa ōku iwi
Ko Cindy Kawana tōku ingoa

Cindy comes to E Tipu E Rea Whānau Services in 2022 with over 20 years in the social service sector, predominately in Domestic Violence. Cindy historically trained as an Early Childhood Teacher, which has allowed her to live, work and travel extensively in Southeast Asia. She has returned to tertiary education and is currenting completing a Degree in Humanities majoring in Policy and Indigenous Development.

Cindy is passionate about the importance of whanau being seen as the leaders in their own journey and that services are there to support, and if needed, be the korowai for them in that journey.

Her extensive work in the Domestic Violence sector has shaped her thinking about the need for a Te Ao Māori framework if we are to see any sustainable change occurring in outcomes for our whanau.

Cindy has been awarded a Lifetime Collective membership to Nelson Women’s and Children’s Refuge because of the work and support to the organisation and community. She is also an active member in her community on Auckland North Shore as a Board Member of the local Community Project. Cindy’s commitment to the area of Whanau Violence has seen her involvement in national sector advisory groups.

Cindy’s real passion is her whanau and the support she can give to them all. She is the mother of a young wāhine Māori, Cass, who appears to be travelling the same path. A teacher who believes she will also end up work with kids experiencing whanau violence.

Board of Trustees

Te Miria James-Hohaia

Chairperson

Te Miria James-Hohaia

Chairperson

Tribal Affiliations: Waitaha, Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāti Whakaue, Te Arawa.

Te Miria is currently self-employed in the area of health and wellbeing and is passionate about supporting people to improve their quality of life for themselves and their whānau.

She has a wealth of experience in supporting non-Māori organisations to improve Māori outcomes through the implementation of the Treaty of Waitangi. She spent 10yrs in the Ministry of Health (MoH) as the Strategic Advisor Māori public Health and was a member of both the Senior Management Team and Senior Leaderships groups for the Public Health and Systems strategy Directorates

Te Miria has designed tools to assist with improving Māori health outcomes.  The ‘Whānau Ora’ tool and ‘Whakaritenga Mahi’.  Both tools recognises the validity of Māori approaches to achieving whānau ora and are designed to assist general organisations to implement the strategic pathways woven through He Korowai Oranga (NZ Maori Health Strategy 2002).

She has experience in community and people development, Senior Management, Māori Policy Development, People Centred and culturally appropriate Services.

Natalie Vincent

Former Chairperson

Natalie Vincent

Former Chairperson

Tēnā tātou.
He uri tēnei nö Ngāti Pākehā, nö reira kārekau he maunga. Kārekau he awa, kārekau he moana.
Engari he uri tēnei i tipu mai i te one whero o Papakura.
He kaimahi o te hapori ahau. E tū mai nei ahau, ki te tautoko, me te atawhai i te hapori.
Ko Natalie tōku ingoa

Natalie is the General Manager of Ngā Tāngata Microfinance, Manager of the Auckland Airport Community Trust and Chair of the Littlemore Trust.  She is passionate about social justice and collaborative community led development.  Natalie holds a degree in Educational Psychology with her background being in early learning and special education.  She has spent many years’ in the not-for-profit sector and is committed to serving the community in the best way she can.  She is a mother of two adult children and proud to be a part of the E Tipu E Rea whānau.

Charlene Fitisemanu

Charlene Fitisemanu

Charlene Fitisemanu joins the board with over 14 years experience working with international and local NGO’s and charities.

Charlene has developed her career around acting on her passion to drive positive impacts in our communities and for our environment.

She currently works at Oxfam NZ as the Corporate Relationship Manager, and brings experience in corporate social responsibility, sponsorship and partnerships, sustainability and project engagement.

Having been a young parent herself and knowing firsthand the challenges faced, Charlene is excited at the opportunity presented by E Tipu E Rea Whānau Services. She has a particular interest in supporting young parents into opportunities to ensure they have a positive future for themselves and their tamariki.

Selah Hart

Selah Hart

Ki Te Taha o tōku Matua
Ko Tutu Mapou toku Maunga
Ko Te Hoiere toku Awa
Ko Te Hoiere toku Waka

Ko Te Hora toku Marae
Ko Ngāti Kuia, ko Ngāti Apa ki te Ra To, ko Ngāti Koata, ko Rangitane ki Wairau, ko Ngai Tahu, ko Ngāti Toa oku Iwi

Ko Ngāti Rongomai toku Hapū
Ko Kaikai-a-waro te kaitiaki taniwha o toku awa
Ko Matua Hautere toku tipuna
Ko Pou Hemi Whiro toku Tangata Rongonui

Ki Te Taha o toku Whaea
Ko Te Maipi toku Maunga
Ko Kawhata toku Awa
Ko Takitimu toku Waka
Ko Te Ore Ore toku Marae
Ko Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa oku Iwi
Ko Tumapuhia A Rangi toku Hapu

Ko John Hart raua ko Lindi Rule oku Mātua
Ko Ian Hart raua ko Dawn Hart oku Kaumātua ki te taha o toku Pāpā
Ko Rangi Rule raua ko Lexie-Ann Rule oku Kaumātua ki te taha o toku māmā
Ko Sione, Siuta ratou ko Sekope oku tama

Ko Jordan raua ko Jericho oku tamahine mahanga
Ko Selah Hart toku ingoa

Selah originates from Waiharakeke (Blenheim) in Te Tau Ihu and has been working for Hāpai Te Hauora since 2009.

Selah works to lead the strategic direction of the Board of Directors and supports all staff at Hāpai to ensure the overall operation of the organisation run smoothly and cohesively. Selah holds a Diploma in Business Administration and holds over 15 years experience working with the Māori Health and DHB sector. At a governance level, Selah is a board member of the Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand, E Tipu e Rea Whanau Services and Health Coalition Aotearoa.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending quality time with her son’s Sione, Siuta and Sekope and twin daugthers Jordan and Jericho, playing Basketball and Netball, and spending time with friends and whānau.

Lorraine Rangitahi POMPEY (ANDREWS)

Lorraine Rangitahi POMPEY (ANDREWS)

Lorraine has been placed on the E Tipu e Rea Whānau Services board by Ngati Paoa Iwi Trust.  Governance is in Lorraine’s blood. Lorraine also sits on the Ngāti Pāoa Iwi Trust Board.

Lorraine is committed to sensible, transparent and tika leadership that remains connected to grassroots whanau. Lorraine believes that a true leader is one that fosters the wellbeing of those they serve. Her service ethic was instilled in her from a young age growing up on Wharekawa marae as hau kainga. Her leadership skills have been developed from working in the wharekai first and foremost as the best training ground for anyone seeking a role within their iwi. Lorraine is fiercely Te Uri Karaka and a staunch advocate for the mana motuhake of whanau. Through her work at Oranga Tamariki she is experienced in dealing with whanau at the coalface of distress and stands as an advocate for whanau ora approaches and the restoration of the whanau unit.

Lorraine is committed to the restoration of Maori culture as the pathway for whanau wellbeing.  Lorraine is very connected to her whanau whanui and her hapu. She also maintains a deep commitment to the Kingitanga movement through her shared connections to Waikato-Tainui.