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Here at NAIA, we believe that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Our team brings together a collective of passions, skills and experience that drive our innovation, collaboration and creativity. While our kaimahi are split across our whenu; Te Pakihi, He Tangata, He Kupu, and He Ao we believe in a collobrative approach and many of our kaimahi working across the entire business. We believe sharing the mahi in this way results in more innovative solutions for clients. 

Directors & Te Pakihi
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CHARISMA RANGIPUNGA

Ngāi Tahu, Taranaki, Ngā Rauru,
Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Hinematua

Managing Director & Shareholder

Charisma is dedicated to the revival of the Māori language, and is currently the deputy chair of the Māori Language Commission. In a former executive role at Ngāi Tahu she drove the language and cultural revitalisation efforts of the iwi. More recently she gained a wealth of commercial experience in her role as Chief Values Officer for Ngāi Tahu Holdings where she created and oversaw the integration of values in action throughout all the Ngāi Tahu businesses. She is an author, composer and mother of three boys Te Aotahi, Tāiki and Aki Te Uruhau.

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AWHINA
SCOTT

Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Arawa,
Ngāti Tūwharetoa

 

Business Manager

Awhi was drawn to NAIA for the opportunity to contribute to something larger than herself, in creating better outcomes for future generations of Māori. As our business manager she ensures that we go from strength-to-strength, while helping the team implement the infrastructure and systems needed to deliver quality services to all those we work alongside. Her background is in transactional finance and fund administration and she is currently in her last year of study towards her Bachelor of Business (Finance and Accounting). She and her partner Kenny have two daughters, Katerina and Kaia.   

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TE AMORANGI HEREMAIA-FLAVELL

Waikato, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Ruapani, Te Ati Haunui a Pāpārangi

Graduate Accountant

Born, raised and based in Waikato, Amo grew up in the heart of the Kīngitanga. Her commitment to the Waikato expands to her professional career, having spent the last decade with the Waikato River Authority, starting as an intern and growing into the role of Funding Support Co-ordinator overseeing 40 funded restoration projects for the Waikato Awa. Influenced by whānau, she is passionate about giving back to her iwi and has been strongly influenced by her whānau who are active in local and national Māori kaupapa. Māmā to Te Awanui O Taikehu, Amo has a busy and active life outside of mahi, with her involvement in waka ama and netball, and enjoying quality time with whānau and friends.

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CHE

WILSON

Ngāti Rangi-Whanganui, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Mōkai Pātea, Ngāti Apa, Ngā Rauru

Director & Shareholder

Che is passionate about developing Māori leadership and succession planning that is grounded in both tikanga Māori and tūpuna wisdom. His natural capabilities include strategic vision, innovative leadership, developing connections and meaningful relationships. His background and experience has seen him work in spaces such as: the political sphere; in executive leadership and directorship; working with iwi Māori; negotiations for Ngāti Rangi and Mōkai Pātea Treaty Settlements; and online and social media platforms delivering insightful and inspirational kōrero through kaupapa such as Te Paepae Waho. A lover of the māra and a clothing fashion enthusiast, he is a natural creative. Che and his wife Missy have two tamariki, Hinerauhamoa and Te Kanawa.

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SHANEA

FOX

Ngāpuhi (Te Riingi Marae/Mahuhukiterangi)

Business Administrator

Shanea loves making a difference in people’s lives and has brought her signature manaaki to her role as business administrator for NAIA. She has a positive outlook and is determined to create an environment that supports the success of our whānau and team members.

 

Her background is in customer and communication support, hospitality and team building, giving her a good understanding of what it takes to make an organisation run smoothly. Outside mahi, Shanea loves to stay active at the gym and with touch and netball and spending time with whānau and friends.   

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LINDA
RANGIPUNGA

Taranaki, Ngā Rauru, Kāi Tahu,
Kāti Māmoe

Resident Weaver

Linda (or Kāranimā as she is affectionately known) has a flair for design and creativity and is dedicated to supporting a less wasteful economy that is good for the planet, living by the motto reuse, recycle, repurpose. One of Linda’s current projects is the creation of woven wahakura as safe sleeping pods for our babies, to help reduce the rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome amongst Māori families in particular. Raranga, or weaving, focuses on the use of natural fibres and allows Linda to support another of her aspirations – the regeneration of our mātauranga Māori. 

Charisma Rangipunga
Che Wilon
Amo
Awhi
Shanea
Linda
He Tangata
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ROCKY
ROBERTS

Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Rārua,
Ngāti Hinematua

 

Chief Storyteller

Rocky has immersed himself in learning Ngāi Tahu whakapapa, history and traditions and has earned himself the reputation as a true storyteller. In his former role at Ngāi Tahu Holdings he worked with non-Māori commercial leaders to help them better understand the iwi - our protocols, our language and our worldview. Rocky has a broadcasting background, giving him excellent communication skills and considerable experience interviewing our whānau. Rocky’s strong connection to place means he regularly returns to the West Coast to whitebait and to Kaikōura to surf with his son. 

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MELODY TULIAU

Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Pikiao, Waikato,
Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Tūwharetoa

Project Manager

Mel’s personal motivation to create positive outcomes for Māori aligns perfectly with our values here at NAIA, and she brings her extensive skillset to streamline the delivery of our mahi. With a background in health management, advisory and leadership and strategic planning she is able to add value across a wide range of projects and workstreams. Mel was born and raised in Whakatāne, and is now based in Ōtautahi with her husband, four tamariki and a large, sports-mad Māori/Pacific whānau. 

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Melody Tuliau
Holly Maitland
He Kupu
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ANNA

BRANKIN

Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha

 

Chief of Communications

Anna uses her passion for the written word to provide a voice for whānau to share their stories and celebrate their successes. She has a meticulous eye for detail that enables her to provide insightful, considered, and dependable advice to leadership teams. Anna has considerable experience as a copywriter, editor and communications strategist. In her previous role at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu she managed the tribal publications Te Pānui Rūnaka and Te Karaka. She grew up in rural Canterbury and maintains a strong connection to her tūrakawaewae in Murihiku and the southern islands of Te Waipounamu.

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MARK
REVINGTON

Senior Communications Advisor

Mark is an award-winning journalist who worked for The Listener and National Business Review, edited Unlimited magazine and co-authored Mana Whakatipu, the memoir of Tā Mark Solomon. His awards include Westpac Financial Journalist of the Year, and Business Magazine Editor of the Year. He worked at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu for six years. 

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AMIRIA REID 

 Te Whānau-a-Kai, Ngāti Porou 

Communications Advisor

Amiria brings to NAIA her skills in marketing, stakeholder engagement and business strategy from her previous role as Co-ordinator for an Indigenous Design unit at an architectural firm. This mahi has built on her passion for connecting and empowering Māori through stories, communications and the integration of cultural initiatives in the workplace. Amiria has experience in community and youth work with a genuine love for the mahi and people she supports in this space. Based in Ōtautahi and proudly born and raised on the east side (Aranui), Amiria loves spending time at the beach and is committed to kapa haka and the performing arts in all its forms.

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TAMARA

BISSEKER

 

Communications Advisor

With over a decade of experience in stakeholder communication, Tamara is motivated by positive storytelling that celebrates the amazing kaupapa happening at the community and flaxroots level. She has always loved a good story and has put this passion to use in her work for iwi organisations, large-scale construction projects, not for profits and local government. Tamara is of Laotian and Indonesian descent, and was born and raised in Waitaha. She is proud to be living in Ōtautahi and raising her whānau here.

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STEVIE HADFIELD 

Ngāti Rākaipaaka, Kāi Tūāhuriri,
Te Orewai  


Senior Communications Advisor

A weaver of words and people, Stevie specialises in environmental communications that tells the story of our wai, our whenua and our taiao. She is passionate about using her talents to protect these precious taonga, as well as amplifying and celebrating Māori voices and stories. Born and raised among the pā harakeke of Ngā Nūhaka, Stevie is now based in Ōtautahi, although she travels home regularly. Stevie is the proud sister to 13 and aunty to an ever-growing generation of nephews and nieces. 

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HOLLY MAITALND 

Ngāi Tahu (Ngāti Makō, Ngāti Irakehu) 

Lead Designer

Holly is a talented designer who is passionate about all things visual and loves creating beautiful work that celebrates te ao Māori. She has an eye for detail and understands the power of visual storytelling in effective communication. Since graduating with a degree in graphic design, Holly has interned for a Māori creative agency and worked at an iwi organisation before joining the NAIA team. 

Tamara Bisseker
Anna Brankin
Mark Revington
Stevie
Amiria
Teish O’Connell
Kahu Te Whaiti
He Ao
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TEISH

O'CONNELL

Ngāi Tahu, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Rārua,
Ngāti Kahungunu

 

Kaiwhiri - Connecting People

Teish loves working directly with whānau to share kōrero and create meaningful change, and is always thinking up new ways to communicate and engage with our audiences. She has a background in HR and iwi engagement, which she uses to oversee the employment and professional development and wellbeing of our kaimahi, as well as creating and curating content for our NAIA channels. Teish is passionate about te reo Māori and is currently studying at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. Although she has lived all around Aotearoa and Te Waipounamu, she calls Waikawa home.

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PAREKAIA TAPIATA

Ngaa Rauru, Ngāti Ruanui, Taranaki, Te Ati Awa, Ngāti Rangi, Te Ati Hau, Ngāti Wehiwehi, Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Porou, Tūhourangi, Ngāti Pikiao

 

Kaikōkiri Puanga

Parekaia has a passion for nurturing and guiding whānau on their journey in te ao Māori and seeing our people use their Māoritanga as a superpower in the wider world. A kura Kaupapa Māori schools raukura, Parekaia has worked at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori Mana Tamariki since graduating, starting as a reliever at the Kōhanga before finally moving on as a Wharekura teacher. He was born, raised and currently lives under the shadow of Tararua in Palmerston North, with his partner and three kids.

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KAHU
TE WHAITI

Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu,
Ngāti Hinematua

 

Chief Advisor

Kahu is passionate about creating meaningful connections within Māori communities. He has worked in an iwi setting for a decade, focusing largely on communications, content, and manawhenua engagement. Notably, he was responsible for working with manawhenua to embed a Māori cultural narrative in the Dark Sky Project at Takapō to complement their stargazing tours. Kahu dedicated himself to learning te reo Māori as an adult, and he is proud to now be able to pass the language on to his tamariki. 

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NGAPUTIPUTI AKAPITA

Ngāti Rangi ki Whanganui, Ngā Ruahine, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngā Rauru, Ngāti Maru, Taranaki iwi, Te Atiawa

 

Kaikōkiri Kaupeka

Ngaputiputi brings to NAIA her experience working in Kura Kaupapa Māori, education sectors, iwi organizations, and many hours of experience at the marae with the tea towel crew. She is passionate about giving back to those who continue to support her and her whānau, iwi and hapū.

She is inspired by educationalists who lead with the ways of our tūpuna and who continue to revolutionize our language while celebrating generational success and Māori as indigenous people.

Ngaputiputi was born and raised beneath the mighty mountains, Matua te Mana me Matua te Tapu. She has pride in all her achievements, none more so than being a mother to her three tamariki.

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