Staff | Ngā Kaimahi

Pou Ārahi (Chief Executive)

Hoani Turoa Ponga

Whanganui, Tuwharetoa, Te Whakatōhea, Ngāpuhi, Rangitaane

Hoani has a background in Marine Biology, his interest there began learning to dive with his Dad and Koro as a teenager.

He also has experience in resource management, research, science and technology and more recently Māori Freehold land administration.

Hoani believes that the best education he has had was to have the opportunity to sit at the feet of his grandparents and listen to them debate the issues of their time.

He believes the issues are still the same, but we have to adapt to address them.

hoani@ngatirangi.com

Whanganui, Tuwharetoa, Te Whakatōhea, Ngāpuhi, Rangitaane

Hoani has a background in Marine Biology, his interest there began learning to dive with his Dad and Koro as a teenager.

He also has experience in resource management, research, science and technology and more recently Māori Freehold land administration.

Hoani believes that the best education he has had was to have the opportunity to sit at the feet of his grandparents and listen to them debate the issues of their time.

He believes the issues are still the same, but we have to adapt to address them.

hoani@ngatirangi.com

Pou Hautū (Operations Manager)

Elijah Pue

Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Uenuku, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa

Elijah Pue is a Ruapehu District Councillor based in Raetihi near Mt Ruapehu.

Elijah has a strong background in student politics having served as President of Ngāi Tauira Māori Students’ Association at Victoria University and on the National forum Te Mana Ākonga.

Elijah has also worked in tertiary education as a Policy Advisor and within student support and at Parliament in the offices of Hon Tariana Turia and Hon Te Ururoa Flavell.

elijah@ngatirangi.com

Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Uenuku, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa

Elijah Pue is a Ruapehu District Councillor based in Raetihi near Mt Ruapehu.

Elijah has a strong background in student politics having served as President of Ngāi Tauira Māori Students’ Association at Victoria University and on the National forum Te Mana Ākonga.

Elijah has also worked in tertiary education as a Policy Advisor and within student support and at Parliament in the offices of Hon Tariana Turia and Hon Te Ururoa Flavell.

elijah@ngatirangi.com

Ngāti Rangitanga team

Pouhonohono Iwi (Manager Cultural programmes)

Sheena Maru

Ngāti Uenuku, Ngāti Kurawhatia, Ngāti Ruru, Whanganui, Waikato (Ngāti Hikairo)

Previously Sheena has worked within the settlement negotiations space and more recently the implementation of Ruruku Whakatupua na Te Awa Tupua.

Exposure to whānau, hapū and marae has been a long term journey and commitment providing a perfect training ground for Sheena on how to best relate to our people and provide opportunities to lift their voices towards our collective future goals and aspirations.

sheena@ngatirangi.com

Ngāti Uenuku, Ngāti Kurawhatia, Ngāti Ruru, Whanganui, Waikato (Ngāti Hikairo)

Previously Sheena has worked within the settlement negotiations space and more recently the implementation of Ruruku Whakatupua na Te Awa Tupua.

Exposure to whānau, hapū and marae has been a long term journey and commitment providing a perfect training ground for Sheena on how to best relate to our people and provide opportunities to lift their voices towards our collective future goals and aspirations.

sheena@ngatirangi.com

Kaihonohono Iwi (Advisor, Cultural Programmes)

Shiro Brown

Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Uenuku, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Whanganui, Waikato

E kīi ana te kōrero, e hara te kūmara e kōrero ana mo tōna reka. Hēoi anō ko wai au? i ahu mai au i te ahi kaa o Paerangi i te Whare Toka. He mokopuna au nō te Kāhui Maunga, he uri au nō te Kāhui Rere. He hononga whakapapa ōku ki ngā waka o te hekenga nui, nōreirā tēnei au ka mihi. Nōku te marenganui, i tōku tamarikitanga i tupu ake au i raro i ngā rekereke o te tupuna maunga Ruapehu, kei te Kiingi o Te Maungarongo. Nō tōku Kūia Raana ahau tōku reo māori i whāngai. Nō ōku mārae, nō ōku whenua ahau i whakamāori te āhua o tōku ao kia mōhio ai ko wai au? nā wai au?

I hēnei rangi kei te noho mātau ko tōku whānau ake ki te moana kōpua kānapanapa o Taupō, kei ngā paparingi o te awa mātao o Waitahanui. Tokoono a māua ko Tala-lee tamariki. He whānau kōrero māori mātau. He kaihoe mātau mō te reo me hōna tikanga hāere ake nei, hāere ake nei.

Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Uenuku, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Whanganui, Waikato

E kīi ana te kōrero, e hara te kūmara e kōrero ana mo tōna reka. Hēoi anō ko wai au? i ahu mai au i te ahi kaa o Paerangi i te Whare Toka. He mokopuna au nō te Kāhui Maunga, he uri au nō te Kāhui Rere. He hononga whakapapa ōku ki ngā waka o te hekenga nui, nōreirā tēnei au ka mihi. Nōku te marenganui, i tōku tamarikitanga i tupu ake au i raro i ngā rekereke o te tupuna maunga Ruapehu, kei te Kiingi o Te Maungarongo. Nō tōku Kūia Raana ahau tōku reo māori i whāngai. Nō ōku mārae, nō ōku whenua ahau i whakamāori te āhua o tōku ao kia mōhio ai ko wai au? nā wai au?

I hēnei rangi kei te noho mātau ko tōku whānau ake ki te moana kōpua kānapanapa o Taupō, kei ngā paparingi o te awa mātao o Waitahanui. Tokoono a māua ko Tala-lee tamariki. He whānau kōrero māori mātau. He kaihoe mātau mō te reo me hōna tikanga hāere ake nei, hāere ake nei.

Kaitohu Pāpāho (Communications Advisor)

Julie Herewini

Ngāti Rangituhia, Ngāti Ruaka

Julie has a background in Māori Health and Social Services and has come to Ngāti Rangi having previously worked for Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui the post-settlement governance entity for the Whanganui River Settlement.

Julie has worked in the communications, rangatahi and succession spaces predominantly for the past few years.

Ngāti Rangituhia, Ngāti Ruaka

Julie has a background in Māori Health and Social Services and has come to Ngāti Rangi having previously worked for Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui the post-settlement governance entity for the Whanganui River Settlement.

Julie has worked in the communications, rangatahi and succession spaces predominantly for the past few years.

Te Ao Tūroa Team

Pou Taiao ((Environmental Manager)

Jacob Robinson

Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Uenuku, Tamahaki, Ngāti Tongaiti, Ngāti Tuhoro

Jacob was born in Raetihi where his passion for understanding the natural world began. He remembers as a 9 year old watching Koro Ruapehu come alive as huge columns of ash were ejected high into the air. From that time, he wanted to learn more.

Jacob spent some time working in the forestry and fishing industries before going to university and gaining some formal qualifications so he could work in the environmental space.

He studied Geology, Volcanology and Hydrology to PhD level and worked on projects focused on Mt Ruapehu and Te Awa Tupua (the Whanganui River).

Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Uenuku, Tamahaki, Ngāti Tongaiti, Ngāti Tuhoro

Jacob was born in Raetihi where his passion for understanding the natural world began. He remembers as a 9 year old watching Koro Ruapehu come alive as huge columns of ash were ejected high into the air. From that time, he wanted to learn more.

Jacob spent some time working in the forestry and fishing industries before going to university and gaining some formal qualifications so he could work in the environmental space.

He studied Geology, Volcanology and Hydrology to PhD level and worked on projects focused on Mt Ruapehu and Te Awa Tupua (the Whanganui River).

Kairangahau Taiao (Environmental Researcher)

Megan Younger

Megan studied conservation ecology at the University of Auckland and project management through SIT.

Megan grew up in Te Tai Tokerau on her family farm but spent many a holiday coming back to the Ruapehu rohe to spend time with her grandparents.

She has worked in the shearing sheds, as a legal assistant, as a divemaster, a nightclub manager, in human resources - but ultimately working in the field of ecology and conservation is her passion.

Megan studied conservation ecology at the University of Auckland and project management through SIT.

Megan grew up in Te Tai Tokerau on her family farm but spent many a holiday coming back to the Ruapehu rohe to spend time with her grandparents.

She has worked in the shearing sheds, as a legal assistant, as a divemaster, a nightclub manager, in human resources - but ultimately working in the field of ecology and conservation is her passion.

Kairangahau Taiao (Environmental Researcher)

Amoa Hawira

Uenuku, Tamahaki, Tamakana, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Kahungunu

Amoa has a banking background but soon realised that out in our taiao was where she wanted to be.

She believes that Papatūānuku is sick and it is up to the people to make her well again so she left banking and immersed herself in whatever she could starting with Para Kore (a waste minimisation education programme focused on marae and māori organisations).

Amoa also took up studying Kaitiakitanga Pūtaiao at Te Wānanga o Raukawa and is currently doing a programme studying rongoā, which for her is mostly to learn more about the ngāhere space.

Uenuku, Tamahaki, Tamakana, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Kahungunu

Amoa has a banking background but soon realised that out in our taiao was where she wanted to be.

She believes that Papatūānuku is sick and it is up to the people to make her well again so she left banking and immersed herself in whatever she could starting with Para Kore (a waste minimisation education programme focused on marae and māori organisations).

Amoa also took up studying Kaitiakitanga Pūtaiao at Te Wānanga o Raukawa and is currently doing a programme studying rongoā, which for her is mostly to learn more about the ngāhere space.

Kaitātari Taiao (Environmental Planner)

Nichole Ganley

Nichole has a diverse background with qualifications in cheffing, journalism and project management.

Most recently she spent four years working in Local Government gaining a better understanding of how decisions and policies can affect local communities.

Nichole has a diverse background with qualifications in cheffing, journalism and project management.

Most recently she spent four years working in Local Government gaining a better understanding of how decisions and policies can affect local communities.

Kaitātari Taiao (Environmental Planner)

Karen Mitchell

Ngai Te Rangi, Whakatōhea, Tūhoe

Karen joined the Ngāti Rangi team in 2016. Previously she worked in a concession monitoring and permitting role with the Department of Conservation at the Ohakune Mountain Road tari. Karen has also worked in vegetation and kiwi monitoring, as a guide on the Milford, Routeburn, and Greenstone Tracks, a lodge manager on the Routeburn Track, and a fitness instructor, to name a few.

Formally, she has a Bachelor of Physical Education degree from the University of Otago.

Ngai Te Rangi, Whakatōhea, Tūhoe

Karen joined the Ngāti Rangi team in 2016. Previously she worked in a concession monitoring and permitting role with the Department of Conservation at the Ohakune Mountain Road tari. Karen has also worked in vegetation and kiwi monitoring, as a guide on the Milford, Routeburn, and Greenstone Tracks, a lodge manager on the Routeburn Track, and a fitness instructor, to name a few.

Formally, she has a Bachelor of Physical Education degree from the University of Otago.

Rau Kotahi team

Kaiārahi Hauora (Wellbeing Team Leader)

Mel Evans

Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rangi

Mel has been employed with the Trust since 2015, where she has since completed her Whānau Ora Diploma and is now beginning her Bachelor of Social Work Degree.

Previous to her role with Ngāti Rangi Mel worked in the hospitality industry for approximately 15 years and was also doing some voluntary work in the family harm prevention space.

Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rangi

Mel has been employed with the Trust since 2015, where she has since completed her Whānau Ora Diploma and is now beginning her Bachelor of Social Work Degree.

Previous to her role with Ngāti Rangi Mel worked in the hospitality industry for approximately 15 years and was also doing some voluntary work in the family harm prevention space.

Poukokiri Kaupapa (Project Manager)

Chaana Morgan

Ngāti Rangi, Te Ātihaunui-ā-Pāpārangi, Te Mahurehure, Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Maru

Chaana was born and raised in Raetihi. She has been part of a community trust, helped organise community events and part of the Iwi Kahui Snow Academy.

Chaana has been working in the organisation for a few years now. She loves and enjoys the continued challenges and learning needed for us and our people.

Ngāti Rangi, Te Ātihaunui-ā-Pāpārangi, Te Mahurehure, Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Maru

Chaana was born and raised in Raetihi. She has been part of a community trust, helped organise community events and part of the Iwi Kahui Snow Academy.

Chaana has been working in the organisation for a few years now. She loves and enjoys the continued challenges and learning needed for us and our people.

Kaiārahi Kāinga (Housing Navigator)

Megan Howell

Ngāti Uenuku, Ngāi Tahu, Te Arawa

Megan lives in Raetihi with her partner and two sons. She has been a part of Ruapehu Whānau Transformation for the last 5 years.

Previously Megan worked in a number of administration roles.

Ngāti Uenuku, Ngāi Tahu, Te Arawa

Megan lives in Raetihi with her partner and two sons. She has been a part of Ruapehu Whānau Transformation for the last 5 years.

Previously Megan worked in a number of administration roles.

Kaiārahi Kāinga (Housing Navigator)

Hui-Aroha Mareikura

Ngāti Rangi, Te Ātihaunui-ā-Pāpārangi, Kaitahi, Te Āti Awa, Ngā Tui-o-Nuku, Kati Mamoe

Aroha has worked in the health sector now for 12 years, 10 of that being in Mental Health in Rotorua. For Aroha being home in the Hauoratanga space is a privilege and she hugely enjoys working with our whanau in the rohe.

Ngāti Rangi, Te Ātihaunui-ā-Pāpārangi, Kaitahi, Te Āti Awa, Ngā Tui-o-Nuku, Kati Mamoe

Aroha has worked in the health sector now for 12 years, 10 of that being in Mental Health in Rotorua. For Aroha being home in the Hauoratanga space is a privilege and she hugely enjoys working with our whanau in the rohe.

Kaiārahi Whānau (Whānau Navigator)

Neha Kaire

Ngāti Rangi, Ngāpuhi

Neha has recently moved home to Ohakune from Auckland where through the mahi he was doing he experienced first hand the daily hardships our people face in the big cities.

Working within a Māori organisation helped him to learn how to apply Māori values in to practice, such as Whanaungatanga (building relationships) Manaakitanga (sustaining relationships) and Rangatiranga (empowering our people).

The diversity of the big cities also made him more culturally aware not only for his own culture but all.

Ngāti Rangi, Ngāpuhi

Neha has recently moved home to Ohakune from Auckland where through the mahi he was doing he experienced first hand the daily hardships our people face in the big cities.

Working within a Māori organisation helped him to learn how to apply Māori values in to practice, such as Whanaungatanga (building relationships) Manaakitanga (sustaining relationships) and Rangatiranga (empowering our people).

The diversity of the big cities also made him more culturally aware not only for his own culture but all.

Kaihapai Tari

Tanya Albert

Ngāti Rangi, Te Ātihaunui-ā-Pāpārangi, Ngāpuhi

Tanya has recently moved home from Palmerston North. She has worked within the Whānau Ora space for a numbers of years previously employed with Te Tihi o Ruahine where she has gained skills and knowledge around planning, Implementation and empowerment of our Whānau in need.

She begun working with Ngāti Rangi Trust in 2018 and is currently working as the Data Analyst within the Hauoratanga team, capturing the overall data to assist the team in creating well-being solutions for our whānau to achieve their dreams and aspirations.

Ngāti Rangi, Te Ātihaunui-ā-Pāpārangi, Ngāpuhi

Tanya has recently moved home from Palmerston North. She has worked within the Whānau Ora space for a numbers of years previously employed with Te Tihi o Ruahine where she has gained skills and knowledge around planning, Implementation and empowerment of our Whānau in need.

She begun working with Ngāti Rangi Trust in 2018 and is currently working as the Data Analyst within the Hauoratanga team, capturing the overall data to assist the team in creating well-being solutions for our whānau to achieve their dreams and aspirations.

Pouako Hangarau (Tech Tutor)

Jono Williamson

Jono was born and raised in Auckland, he moved with my wife and kids to Ohakune 3 years ago and feel it was the best thing he has ever done.

Jono has always worked in IT from consumer electronics retail to corporate sales and has qualifications as a trained Network Technician.

Jono has a passion for virtual reality and has taken it upon himself to learn how to create VR experiences. Recently he has made a transition into education and feel very rewarded every time he sees a student understand new concepts.

Jono was born and raised in Auckland, he moved with my wife and kids to Ohakune 3 years ago and feel it was the best thing he has ever done.

Jono has always worked in IT from consumer electronics retail to corporate sales and has qualifications as a trained Network Technician.

Jono has a passion for virtual reality and has taken it upon himself to learn how to create VR experiences. Recently he has made a transition into education and feel very rewarded every time he sees a student understand new concepts.

Pouako Auaha (Creative Tutor)

Kiri-Joy Bell

Te Ātihaunui-ā-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Rangi

Kiri was part of Rawe Creation, an in-house creative design agency for Ngāti Rangi. From this experience, she learnt how to use adobe suite and started creating posters, infographics, logos, videos and websites.

Kiri held this position for nearly 2 years and has now transitioned to become the Te Pae Tata creative tutor.

With the creative tutor role she teaches Level 2 digital Innovations for UCOL, our local kura digital technology and runs toi māori workshops for our rangatahi and community.

Te Ātihaunui-ā-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Rangi

Kiri was part of Rawe Creation, an in-house creative design agency for Ngāti Rangi. From this experience, she learnt how to use adobe suite and started creating posters, infographics, logos, videos and websites.

Kiri held this position for nearly 2 years and has now transitioned to become the Te Pae Tata creative tutor.

With the creative tutor role she teaches Level 2 digital Innovations for UCOL, our local kura digital technology and runs toi māori workshops for our rangatahi and community.

Business and Recruitment Manager - Ruapehu Recruitment

Walter Edmonds

Te Ātihaunui-ā-Pāpārangi

Walter has significant experience in Sport Management, which includes roles such as Technical Development Officer and Operations Manager.

Walter's passion for home and the development of our people has led him to his most recent portfolio of work which includes the management of our iwi owned recruitment agency, Ruapehu Recruitment.

Te Ātihaunui-ā-Pāpārangi

Walter has significant experience in Sport Management, which includes roles such as Technical Development Officer and Operations Manager.

Walter's passion for home and the development of our people has led him to his most recent portfolio of work which includes the management of our iwi owned recruitment agency, Ruapehu Recruitment.

Waituhi Business Centre Programme Coordinator

Shayna Blake Te Riaki

Te Ātihaunui-ā-pāpārangi, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Tūwharetoa

Shayna was born in Whanganui and spent a lot of time in Tieke, Parinui, Pipiriki, Raetihi, Makakahi and across Waimarino with her dad Te Moananui Akiwa Ponga snr. 

Shayna moved to Karioi in 2004 and resides with her whānau. She has been privileged to work alongside /be employed by Ngāti Rangi Trust over a span of 10 years while raising her 4 children here.

Te Ātihaunui-ā-pāpārangi, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Tūwharetoa

Shayna was born in Whanganui and spent a lot of time in Tieke, Parinui, Pipiriki, Raetihi, Makakahi and across Waimarino with her dad Te Moananui Akiwa Ponga snr. 

Shayna moved to Karioi in 2004 and resides with her whānau. She has been privileged to work alongside /be employed by Ngāti Rangi Trust over a span of 10 years while raising her 4 children here.

Tari

Pou Hāpai - Finance Manager

Deena Harto

Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Uenuku, Ngāti Tuwharetoa

Deena joined Ngāti Rangi in 2017 having previously come from Balance Chartered Accountants as a Client Manager.

She has experience in public practice working with SME's across various industries, had success operating her own businesses and is a Trustee on a whānau Ahu Whenua Trust.

Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Uenuku, Ngāti Tuwharetoa

Deena joined Ngāti Rangi in 2017 having previously come from Balance Chartered Accountants as a Client Manager.

She has experience in public practice working with SME's across various industries, had success operating her own businesses and is a Trustee on a whānau Ahu Whenua Trust.

Kaihāpai Tari (Accounts Administrator)

Kim Rihia

Te Ātihaunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Rangi

Being born and raised in Raetihi has given Kim strong ties to her family and our community.

Kim's experience is vast and wide as further education was not a priority, she was encouraged to find a job before leaving college - it didn't matter what, as long as she worked hard and did well.

While hospitality was where she spent her later years, her passion has been math solving and figures. Kim was given the opportunity of taking on the admin and finance roles working at Mo Te Whanau Te Kohanga Reo then the Raetihi Cossie Club and now at Ngā Waihua o Paerangi Trust.

Te Ātihaunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Rangi

Being born and raised in Raetihi has given Kim strong ties to her family and our community.

Kim's experience is vast and wide as further education was not a priority, she was encouraged to find a job before leaving college - it didn't matter what, as long as she worked hard and did well.

While hospitality was where she spent her later years, her passion has been math solving and figures. Kim was given the opportunity of taking on the admin and finance roles working at Mo Te Whanau Te Kohanga Reo then the Raetihi Cossie Club and now at Ngā Waihua o Paerangi Trust.

Administrator - Te Pae Tata

Felecia Wilson

Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Tui-o-nuku

Felecia was the office administrator for 9 years at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngāti Rangi. She has been with Ngāti Rangi for 2 years in the office administrator role.

Felecia has a Careers Academy (NZ) administrator certificate and is currently doing a course on Xero.

Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Tui-o-nuku

Felecia was the office administrator for 9 years at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngāti Rangi. She has been with Ngāti Rangi for 2 years in the office administrator role.

Felecia has a Careers Academy (NZ) administrator certificate and is currently doing a course on Xero.

Kaihāpai Poari (Board Secretary)

Aisha Kumeroa

Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Tūwharetoa

After working within Kohanga Reo for 16 years Aisha found herself ready for the next chapter, whatever that was and however that looked.

Aisha became a part time reliever at Nancy Winter's Daycare Centre and worked in the Hospitality Industry at Coach Cafē where she is still part-time.

Aisha started in her current position with Ngāti Rangi in March two weeks before lockdown, it wasn't ideal but she learnt how to adapt and with Zoom you can push record, for future reference.

Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Tūwharetoa

After working within Kohanga Reo for 16 years Aisha found herself ready for the next chapter, whatever that was and however that looked.

Aisha became a part time reliever at Nancy Winter's Daycare Centre and worked in the Hospitality Industry at Coach Cafē where she is still part-time.

Aisha started in her current position with Ngāti Rangi in March two weeks before lockdown, it wasn't ideal but she learnt how to adapt and with Zoom you can push record, for future reference.

Kaihāpai Matua (Senior Finance Administrator)

Leanne OConnell

Leanne moved from Rotorua to Ohakune 1 1/2 years ago and started working for the trust in September 2020.

She has worked in the finance area for a number of different sectors such as Tourism, Disability, Youth and recently six years at a Māori Trust in Rotorua.

Leanne moved from Rotorua to Ohakune 1 1/2 years ago and started working for the trust in September 2020.

She has worked in the finance area for a number of different sectors such as Tourism, Disability, Youth and recently six years at a Māori Trust in Rotorua.