Our Team

Eruera Tarena

Setting the course (navigator) and bringing together the right team to take the kaupapa forward.

Kaihautū – Executive Director

Ngāi Tahu (Ngāi Tūāhuriri), Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau-a-Apanui

Super power: Can see beyond what is into the future and what could be. This means my focus is always on designing from the future rather than being constrained by the present. I can also see the super powers of others to form teams to tackle any challenge. Cool tricks include collecting ideas and then mixing them together to create new solutions (e.g. te reo + systems thinking, iwi development + collective impact).

What I love most about my role: The opportunity to apply my superpowers to a kaupapa dear to my heart – making a future where all our tamariki thrive. I am motivated by the ability to make a difference and enjoy the fact things are constantly changing so I never have to do the same thing twice (something that drives me mad).

Ari

Ariana Te Whetu

Setting the course (navigator) and bringing together the right team to take the kaupapa forward.

Convenor

Ngāi Tūhoe

Super power: I see through complexities to identify solutions. I recognise the superpowers in others and how they can relate to solving problems collectively.

What I love most about my role: 

Porsha London

I support the social innovators, project co-coordinators and designers to work together toward common goals, sharing the learning journey while building tangible next steps and evaluative capability.

Developmental Elevator Lead

Ngāti Pākehā

Super power: Hyper-Threading. This means I can organise and understand information quickly and when needed translate theory to practice and vice-versa.

What I love most about my role: Facilitating ah-ha moments and supporting others to gather, interpret and build evidence to continue their amazing social innovations that are most needed in our local and global community.  

Porsha
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Jo Aldridge

I work alongside the team contributing my experience and knowledge to help advance our important kaupapa.

MSD secondment

Ngāti Pākehā

Super power: I have a love for action (evidenced by my rally car days, parachuting and as a sprint boat naviagator) this can be tranformed into bringing action to our mahi. I love translating strategic directions into on the ground activity.

What I love most about my mahi: I relish the opportuntiy that has been gifted to me at Tokona Te Raki, as it aligns with my “why” – seeing rangitahi prosper and having every opportuntiy to realise their potential.

Maraea Teepa

I support the social innovators, project co-coordinators and designers to work together toward common goals, sharing the learning journey while building tangible next steps and evaluative capability.

Social Innovation Lead

Ngāi Tūhoe

Super power: X-RAY VISION – I have a keen sense of insight, coupled with a piercing mind. Okay, so I may not be able to see through brick walls – not yet, anyway. But I enjoy looking beneath the surface and reading between the lines

What I love most about my role: My aunties and nannies taught me to care about the world around me – so I do!

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Piripi Prendergast

I bring people together around the table so we can fit the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle together to create a rosy future.

Convenor

Ngāti Pākehā

Super power: Ahakoa he tangata humārie au,I can bake a mean croissant – and lots of them!

What I love most about my mahi: The opportunity to create opportunities for whānau.

Eva Riddell

Social Innovation Lead

Ngāti Porou

Super power: Maximiser – taking things from good to great by connecting everyone’s strengths!

What I love most about my role: Working towards leaving this world a better place for the generations to come.

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Mathias

Mathias Pitama

Jay Hepi

I mentor to inspire and develop influential kaimahi in the trades as they create their work and life experiences.

He Toki Ki Te Mahi Trust Mentor

Waikato/ Maniapoto – Ngaati Mahuta ki te Hauauru, Te Āti Haunui ā Pāpārangi – Ngā Paerangi, Kāi Tahu – Kāti Wheke

Super power: I have a knack of finding connections with people whether through whakapapa, work, sport or social networks. I enjoy connecting people I know have expertise with those who are looking for particular skills in a certain area.

What I love most about my role: Supporting whānau on their journey wherever they are heading. Developing talent helps ignite my passion.

Jaye
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