MEET OUR TEAM


Meet Our Team - Pat NathanPat Nathan

Role: Committee Chairperson.
Company: Senior Advisor, Te Puni Kokiri

 

I te taha o tooku Papa ko Te Aupouri raaua ko Waikato ooku iwi.
I te taha o tooku Mama ko Ngaati Porou tooku iwi.
Ko Raahui Pookeka tooku kaainga.
Ko Pat Nathan tooku ingoa.

I am privileged and humbled to chair the 2018 Waikato-Tainui National Maaori Housing Committee.  I bring with me over 30 years’ experience working with whaanau, hapuu, iwi, Maaori organisations and Maaori communities within the Waikato and wider rohe.  For the last five years I have been working as a Senior Advisor for Te Puni Kookiri. Most of this work has focussed on supporting the intentions of the Maaori Housing Network in the Waikato-Waiariki region.

It was Kiingi Taawhiao who said  “Maaku anoo e hanga i tooku nei whare” – I will build my own house. For me, this conference acknowledges this statement.  It provides an opportunity for us all to celebrate the achievements of whaanau Maaori who have succeeded in realising their housing aspirations, and a platform for others who are yet to embark on their housing journey.

Ngaa mihi nui ki a koutou katoa


Rangita WilsonMeet Our Team - Rangita Wilson

Role: Event Project Manager
Company: Director, Hangaia Solutions Ltd
Marae: Te Awamarahi. Hapu: Ngati Aamaru. Iwi: Waikato

Housing Background: I have worked with whanau, Marae, Hapu and Iwi since 2007 supporting improved housing outcomes for our people, primarily in the areas of education, advocacy, strategy as well as developing an innovative papakainga housing solution. In 2017 my whanau and I opened our 9x bedroom whanau papakainga in Ngaruawahia, this whare has now become a place where we create and develop whanau ora aspirations for ourselves. Why Maori Housing? I believe affordable housing is a key element to the wellbeing and future success of Maori. My personal experience of creating an affordable housing solution has increased the ability for my whanau and I to build better social, economic, employment, health and educational outcomes for ourselves and this is why I am committed to this important kaupapa.


Pierre ToheMeet Our Team - Pierre Tohe

Role: Committee Member
Company: General Manager, Tainui Group Holdings
Pierre joined Tainui Group Holdings in February 2017.


He brings a depth of experience from his previous role as Head of Maori Business and in-house legal counsel at BNZ.
Born in the Waikato and of Waikato-Tainui descent. Pierre is a proven leader in Maori Business and is currently a trustee at Taniwha marae with family links to Waahi and Kaitumutumu marae. He holds a Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of Auckland.


Meet Our Team - Aubrey Te KanawaAubrey Te Kanawa

Role:Committee Member
Company: Member of Te Arataura, Waikato Raupatu Lands Trust Board
Marae: Poihakena. Iwi: Tainui-o-Tainui, Ngaati Maniapoto, Ngaati Koota, Ngaati Porou

Aubrey has held a variety of positions within Waikato Tainui and most recently worked as a senior advisor in Maori Housing for Te Puni Kokiri. Aubrey has played an active role in the management and development of the Te Kopua 2B3 papakaainga in Raglan and has delivered papakaainga planning workshops in the Waikato region over the last 4 years.


Yvonne WilsonMeet Our Team - Yvonne Wilson

Role: Committee Member
Company: Community Advisor, He Whare Ahuru He Oranga Tangata
Ko Rangitumau te maunga, Ko Ruamāhanga te awa.
Ko Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa te iwi, Ko Takitimu te waka, Ko Kahungunu te tangata.

Yvonne currently manages the Nga Rau Tatangi Ltd Kaumatua Social Housing portfolio, in 2012 – 1998 Rauawaawa Kaumatua Charitable Trust General Manager, 10 years’ experience managing an alternative learning centre for at risk young people and six years as a Hamilton City Council – Community Advisor, He Whare Ahuru He Oranga Tangata- Maori Housing Strategy Advisory group, Member of Australian Housing Institute


Trevor Ranga-BidoisMeet Our Team - Trevor Ranga-Bidois

Role: Committee Member
Company: CEO, Waikato Housing Hub Charitable Trust
Kawhia Moana, Kawhia Kai, Kawhia Tangata.

Trevor Ranga is the CEO of Waikato Housing Hub Charitable Trust, (Projects, Professionals and Technical Services). His background in the construction industry for 11 years as a Tradesman plumber, gas fitter and drain layer.  The industry has taught him the Matauranga needed to be successful to deliver excellence. In 2010, he retrained in Civil Engineering to pursue a passion to build his whaanau papakainga to address the fragmentation of his Whaanau structure, Maaori values and Whaanau Ora.
The success gained from his papakainga development has gone on to inspire arrange of whaanau housing models and innovations for Maaori owned land uses.  Currently he is collaborating with like-minded people and organisations to develop housing frameworks and services to assist whaanau to seek the right housing choices for them.


Meet Our Team - Patrick GemmellPatrick Gemmell

Role: Committee Member
Company: General Manager, Te Matapihi

 

Marae: Waipapa-a-iwi ki Mōhaka, Te Huki, Hineringa, Te Maara a Ngata ki Raupunga
Iwi: Ngāti Kahungunu (Ngāti Pahauwera)
Role: General Manager

Housing Background: Māori Manager – Social Housing Unit – Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment. Senior Advisor – Te Puni Kōkiri;  Māori Housing Network; National office.
Why I am passionate about Māori housing: I’m actually passionate about Māori development and realising potential, housing is a component of this which, if supported and advocated for will enable Māori to live the lives they wish.
My vision for Te Matapihi: For Te Matapihi to be the advocate and political vehicle for housing Māori how and where they wish.


Meet Our Team - Miriama TurnerMiriama Turner

Role: Event Secretary
Company: Turner Whaanau Papakainga, Ngaruawahia
Marae: Te Awamarahi. Hapu: Ngati Aamaru. Iwi: Waikato

Previously worked as the Manager of the Waikato Tainui Tribal Nursery and passionate about Social Housing Solutions. Asked to be a speaker at the 2016 National Maori Housing Conference in Tauranga Moana. Matriarch of the Turner Whaanau that successfully built a single dwelling Papakainga model here in Ngaruawahia Waikato.


Meet Our Team - Keren PaekauKeren Paekau

Role: Committee Member
Company: Kaiarahi Maori, Tauranga City Council
Tainui, Waikato, Ngaati Maniapoto, Ngaati Rarua

Keren on the Board of Te Kopua 2B3 Incorporation in Whaingaroa, who successfully completed the first three homes of their whanau Papakainga in 2016. As the Kaiarahi Maori at the Tauranga City Council and has been involved in Papakainga policy and strategy development since 2004. Keren has helped coordinate a number of National Maori Conference including being the key organiser for the  2016 National Maori Housing Conference in Tauranga Moana.


Meet Our Team - Sheryl PaekauSheryl Paekau

Role: Comittee Member
Company: Policy Planner, Waikato District Council.

Her role involves supporting the District Plan processes especially Maaori issues, Maaori land utilisation, papakaainga development and heritage (sites and areas of significance to Maaori).  She is an active member of the Waikato Agencies Papakaainga Forum that assists Maaori land owners through the complexities of Maaori land ownership.


Meet Our Team - Nazarene MihaereNazarene Mihaere

Role: Committee Member
Company: Projects Advisor for Te Matapihi

 

National Peak Body Advocate Supporting Maaori Housing Outcomes
Her experience in Housing dates to 2011 when she was a Technical Support Officer for the Building Control Unit, Hamilton City Council. In February 2016 she began working for her Iwi at Waikato Raupatu Lands Trust (Waikato Tainui) and joined the Housing Team in June as the RFR* Transactions Co-Ordinator, where she carried out the Right of First Refusal (*RFR) Process and assisted whaanau in various Housing pathways.


Meet Our Team - Poppy RangaPoppy Ranga

Role: Committee Member
CompanyRanga Bidois Papakainga, Ngaaruawahia.
Noo Tainui raaua ko te moutere o Rarotonga.
Ko Ngaati Mahuta ki te Hauaururu raaua ko Ngaati KorokiKahukura ngaa hapu.


My involvement in
Maaori housing spans over a number of years on a minor scale. My husband was a builder on 2 papakainga:  4 houses and single homestead.
In 2012/13-2015, under the initiative of Whanau Ora. Employment opportunity as a Papakainga Whanau Facilitator. Support person to provide access to information, resources and opportunities in the whanau housing aspirations.


Meet Our Team - Ashleigh TurnerAshleigh Turner

Role: Committee Member
Company:
Whanake Advisor, Waikato Tainui
Iwi: Waikato Maniapoto, Ngati Awa. Hapuu: Ngati Mahuta, Ngati Apakura, Te Warahoe, Pahipoto.

 

Skilled in sustainable development, strategic management and analytics, Ashleigh is a Whanake Advisor at Waikato-Tainui. She is responsible for delivering whanake aspirations for the iwi. Her role includes working with iwi members, hapuu and marae to develop their own economic development initiatives moving forward. Previously she worked at Waikato Raupatu River Trust implementing priorities of the Waikato River Settlement 2010 and key business analysis to the trust. Ashleigh has a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Management Studies with First Class Honours from the University of Waikato.


Meet Our Team - Pirihira CribbPirihira Cribb

Role: Principal Liaison Officer
Company: Maori Land Court

 

He honore anō tāku te tono atu te kōmiti whakahaere kia hoki mai au hei kaiārahi reo mo te kaupapa nei.
Oti noa, ka tika kia tuku atu ngā mihi ki a Waikato awa mai ingā tahataha o te awa tupua o Whanganui, Waikato taniwha rau ka mihi.

Heading into my third national Māori housing conference as the emcee, I’m just as stoked now as I was when the kaupapa came to me and my people in Whanganui, headed up to Tauranga Moana and now to the majesty of Waikato. I’m continuously in awe of the amazing work being done by people in the housing space to advance the dreams and aspirations of Ngāi Māori, to shape and define our own destiny and map out our own paths. That is rangatiratanga in action.

I attend these conferences not as an expert in the field area but as a servant of the kaupapa and with a genuine desire to educate and inform, to amuse and challenge but most importantly to be amongst people of like mind. On a day to day basis I work as the Principal Liaison Officer in the Aotea Māori Land Court in Whanganui. I am the proud mother of three children and the boastful nanny of two beautiful grandsons.

Academic qualifications have not been my forte. The potential of my service to the paepae on my marae is yet to be fully realised. So I humbly come to you and
this kaupapa with an open heart, a willing mind and a little bit of quick wit.