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).


Ariana Te Whetu

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


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 Evaluation 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.  

Hinepounamy - bio pic

Hinepounamu Apanui-Barr

I make sense of big data to inform solutions to complex issues.

Rangatahi Researcher (Big Data)

Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Hine

Super power: I am a sense maker who enjoys working in grey areas to figure out the way forward. Throw me in the deep end with a complex issue and the right people to work with- that’s where I work best.

What I love most about my mahi: Data is not an everyday language but the insights that can be gained from it are powerful. I love the challenge of translating data in a way that can be used as a tool for whānau to navigate challenges and create solutions for ourselves and our communities.

Madison Simon

I support the creation of rangatahi opportunities to build the movement for change so rangatahi are the decision-makers of our future.

Rangatahi Labs Director

Ngāi Tahu (Ngāti Waewae), Ngāti Whātua, Te Roroa, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou

Super power: Being able to question and challenge everything. This means I am disruptive in (mostly) the best way. I can always think and provide whakaaro from another perspective and I keep the team on their toes. I think everyone should be able to challenge something – it’s even more enjoyable being a rangatahi challenging pakeke because I’m paid to do it.

What I love most about my role: is probably all the learning by doing that I get to do. I’m learning how to respond to difficult comments and questions, by sitting in board meetings. I’m pitching in and I’m learning how to facilitate, with groups of up to 15 people in our Te Korekoreka workshops. I’m learning about inequities in education because I’m running focus groups with our whānau. The hands on mahi is super rewarding, and I get to do all of this personal development while trying to change the future for our rangatahi.

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Piripi 2

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.


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.

Delane Luke

I am fortunate enough to delve into research and showcase whānau voice!

Rangatahi researcher - whānau voice

Ngāti Rārua, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Maniapoto, Te Rarawa

Super power: Manaaki, and ensuring that when rangatahi and whānau enter our space they are catered and cared for.

What I love most about my role: Being able to bring rangatahi together to connect, share and realize their potential through a range of opportunities we are fortunate to create and offer. 

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