Kaimahi Profiles

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E kore au e ngaro, he kakano i ruia mai i Rangiātea.  Mai Rangiātea, kua tae ōku tīpuna ki Parihaka, ki Taranaki.   I heke rātou ki a Waikawa ki Picton noho ai.  No rēira:

Ko Piripiri te Maunga, Ko Waitohi te Awa, Ko Tokomaru te Waka, Ko Waikawa te Marae, Ko Te Whiti o Rongomai te Tangata, Te Atiawa te Iwi, Ko Ngāti Te Whiti te Hapu, ko Amo Love tōku whāea.

Ki te taha o tōku Pāpā:

Ko Pukehāpopo te Maunga, Ko Te Waiomoko te Awa, Ko Tereanini te Waka, Ko Whāngara mai Tawhiti te Marae, Ko Paikea te Tangata, Ko Ngāti Konohi te Iwi, Ko Karaitiana Poki tōku pāpā.

Ko au he uri o ēna tāonga, Ko Sharlene Maniapoto tōku ingoa.

Having returned home to Marlborough after 10 years working in Brisbane, I have been absolutely fortunate to become a team member with Te Piki Oranga as a Pūkenga Manaaki in April.  The privilege to work with and amongst our whānau is highly rewarding and challenging.  I am loving every minute of this and I am grateful that the time away from Aotearoa has given me a new appreciation of our beautiful whenua, beautiful whānau and beautiful culture. In particular, being involved in Noho Pakari/Tu Kaha is my honour and to see whānau achieve things they never thought they could is very rewarding.

Prior to moving to Brisbane, I mostly worked in the Education Industry, becoming the owner/Manager of Werohia Development Limited – a Māori Private Training Establishment who delivered training programmes in Waikawa, Wairau, Whakatu, Motueka, Hokitika, Greymouth and Westport. Werohia Development offered free government funded training and also contracted to deliver programmes on behalf of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and Te Tairawhiti Polytechnic.  Local work involved working with NMIT, the secondary schools in Marlborough and the bilingual unit at Waikawa School.

My years in Brisbane saw me Managing a Service and distribution centre for Pepsico Ltd.  This kept me working with Māori and Pacific Island whānau as 80% of our team were of these origins.

I studied at Te Wānanga o Raukawa gaining a Diploma in Māori and Management, with two papers left to gain my Masters Degree in Māori and Management.

Matiu and I have 4 children; Te Mauri, Ngahuia, Kirione and Taiarahia with five mokopuna: Rereahu, Nahkai, Paikea, Iharaira and Tamaikoha – all of whom still live in Brisbane, with moko number six on its way, due in 2018.

No rēira, he mihi maioha tēnei ki a koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.


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Ko Tākitimu rāua ko Kurahaupō ōku waka.
Ko Moumoukai rāua ko Ruahine ōku Maunga.
Ko Nuhaka rāua ko Manawatu ōku awa.
Ko Tamatea Arikinui rāua ko Rangiwhakaewa ōku Tangata.
Ko Manu Tai rāua ko Makirikiri ōku marae.
Ko Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa rāua ko Rangitane Tamakinui a Rua ōku iwi.
Ko Ngāti Rākaipaaka rāua ko Rangiwhakaewa ōku hapū.
Engari, I tupu ake au I Tamakimakaurau.
Ko Brian Smith rāua ko Huiarangi Paewai ōku matua.
Ko Huiarangi Niki Waitai taku ingoa.

I have recently moved from Australia’s Gold Coast after 17 years, to Blenheim, with my husband Kawana and small whānau. We have come home to set up a life for ourselves, to teach our children to know and understand their Māori heritage, their roots and all the experiences that come with that.

Two of our tamariki will be in school this year and one off to kindergarten.

I was seeking part time employment and found an advertisement for a part time cadetship that included study in business administration and technology with Te Piki Oranga.

I fell immediately in love with this role.  I have done reception roles before but this one really appeals to me, being involved in Māori health and working in a whānau based workplace.

Since I have arrived in New Zealand a short six months ago I have been made to feel really welcome.

Studying part time and working part time is a breeze when you work in a supportive whānau based organisation like Te Piki Oranga.

My colleagues are my whānau away from whānau.