Tracey Piki Te Ora Hiroa


Ko Aorangi Te Maunga, Ko Moawhango Rahi Te Awa, Ko Ngati Whitikaupeka Te Iwi, Ko Mokai Patea Te Rohe Potae, Ko Moawhango Te Marae, Ko Whitikaupeka Te Wharetupuna, Ko Terina Te Wharekai, Ko Ihakara Te Tangata

Diploma in: Frontline Management (L5), Maori & Administration, Maori Studies Poupou Karanga
Certificate in: Social Services with Abuse , Neglect and Violence (Level 4), Social Service Work in Suicide Intervention (Level 6), Achievement in Introducing Health Promotion.
Strategic/ Management experience: Taihape Area School Board of Trustee Iwi Trustee, Te Runanga O Ngati Whitikaupeka Delegate, Maori Health Outcomes Group, Mokai Patea Regional Partnership Programme Delegate (past), Moawhango Marae Administrator, Moawhango Marae Trustees Administrator

“Kaupeka ki runga, kaupeka ki raro Kui kui whiti whiti ora”
I have been lucky enough to have been brought up having a strong connection to my marae, hapu and Iwi and continue to be an active member of those groups on a number of levels. I have had many years of experience working in the Health/Social Service sector as a Kaimahi, Administrator, Health Promoter, and Manager. My ideals and personal philosophy are centred on reciprocity, strong work ethics, honesty and straight talking which I try to uphold at all times. I am a person that likes to get things done, find solutions to problems, learn from my mistakes, and be open to possibilities or opportunities that will ultimately help our people.   I am the mother of an amazing son who is my greatest achievement in life followed by the relationships I maintain and continue to nurture with my whanau and those people around me that have continued to support and stand beside me regardless of the situation. I look forward to possibly meeting you in the future be it in a professional capacity or maybe just to say hello!

Ngawini Martin


Ko Kurahaupo Te waka, Ko Ngati Kuri, Ko Ngati Tuwharetoa ratou Ko Te Iwi Morehu oku Iwi, Ko Te Hiku o Te Ika, Ko Hīrangi ratou Ko Rātana oku Marae

Diploma in: Hauora Maori (Level 5), Tipu Ora Hauora Maori (Level 6)
Certificate in: Tamariki Ora Well Child Services, Tipu Ora Hauora (Level 4),  Mental Health Support Work, Whanau Ora – Best Practice Model, Bicultural Social Services Manaaki Tangata (Level 4), Business Management (Team Leader essentials) Level 4.
Certified: Workplace First Aider, NZFFBS Budget Advisor, Whanau Ora Practitioner.

The early years of my life were spent growing up at Ratana Pa where much of our childhood education was based upon the teachings of the prophet “Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana”. It is from this foundational basis that I credit my ability to Identify strongly and proudly as both a person of Māori descent and a follower of the Ratana faith.

Whānau comes first, last and always with me. I enjoy the time I get to spend with my sons, more so as the number one side-line supporter at their rugby games. I also enjoy reading and cooking.

Being able to contribute as Ringawera, whether on Moawhango Marae or at Ratana brings great satisfaction and joy to my life, something I aspire and hope to install in my children to continue on with.

I live with my husband among his Iwi of Ngati Whitikaupeka, at Moawhango in the rohe of Mokai Patea, where for the past 30 years along with our now two adult sons we consider our home.

Teresa Maclean


Ko Takitimu te Waka, Ko Aorangi Te Maunga, Ko Rangitikei Te Awa, Ko Ngati Tamakopiri te Iwi, Ko Opaea Te Marae

Certificate in: Tamariki Ora Well Child Services, Tipu Ora Hauora Maori (Level 4), Mauri Ora, Mahi Ora, Mental Health Support Work (Level 4), Child Protection Studies (Level 4), Health Promotions (Level 4), Business Management (Team Leader essentials) Level 4.
Certified: Workplace First Aider,  NZFFBS Budget Advisor.

My partner and I are owner/operators of a farm 10km East of Taihape. We have 5 children between us. Four are living independently following their own pathways, with our youngest still attending Saint Joseph’s Catholic Primary School.

I enjoy sports, cooking, travelling and discovering new things. I endeavour to do the best I can for my children, partner, friends and family. My job allows me to do the same for my people. I have aspirations of developing strong cultural connections and to become a strong, confident Maori wahine within my Whanau, Hapu and Iwi.

Shari Chase


Ko Aorangi Te Maunga, Ko Moawhango Rahi Te Awa, Ko Ngati Whitikaupeka Te Iwi, Ko Moawhango Te Marae, Ko Mokai Patea Te Rohe Potae

Certificate in: Tipu Ora Certificate in Hauora, Personal Training, Children’s Fitness and Nutrition, Fitness for Older Adults. Mental Health Support work (Level 4), Child Protection Studies (Level 4), Tamariki Ora Well Child Services (Level 4).
Certified: Workplace First Aider

“Ina kei te mohio koe ko wai koe, anga mai koe I hea, kei te mohio koe, kei te anga atu ki hea”
“If you know who you are and where you come from, then you will know where you are going”

I was born and raised in Taihape; I attended Taihape Primary School and Taihape College and have a heart for home. My partner and I have 3 children together whom we love to share our passion for sports and living healthy active lifestyles.

I have spent 2 ½ years learning and growing as a Whanau Ora Iwi Navigator within the Whanau Ora Unit and feel very privileged to be able to work alongside our people to empower them to work towards their own goals and aspirations.

I am fortunate to get the opportunity to branch our into the administrative team and work alongside Mokai Patea Waitangi Claims Trust as well as supporting Nga Rūnanga o Mokai Patea, I look forward to all of the new learnings and am motivated to contribute further to Iwi and hapu development.

Meredith Wills


Certified: Workplace First Aider

“Hurihia to aroaro ki te ra tukuna to atarangi kia taka ki muri I a koe”

“Turn your face towards the sun and the shadows fall behind you”

I grew up in Taihape and attended Taihape College.  Since leaving school I have worked in a variety of Reception and Customer Service roles in both the Taihape and Waimarino areas.

My partner and I live at Wainui where he manages a sheep and beef farm.  We have a 4-year-old son, Corey.  We enjoy the rural life and the opportunities that it offers us.  Our family enjoy hunting, fishing, horse riding and other outdoor activities.

I began the role as Mokai Patea Services’ Receptionist/Admin Support in November 2017 and have enjoyed the variety that it offers, and the awesome people I have met along the way.

Tania Paki


Ko Rangitikei Te Awa, Ko Aorangi Te Maunga, He Tauiwi Te Iwi

Certificate in: Tamariki Ora Well Child Services (Level 4), Tipu Ora Hauora Maori (Level 4), Mental Health support work (Level 4), Health Promotions (Level 4).
Certified: Workplace First Aider

“Ahakoa he iti he pounamu”
“Although it is small, it is greenstone”

I have been working with Mokai Patea Services for 4 years now and I love my job and the diversity of my role at MPS. I am very passionate about working in the community and working one to one with Whanau. I have been fortunate enough to have undertaken a number of different trainings in this time and this has enhanced my kete of knowledge to work more effectively which ultimately benefits our whanau. One of the memorable trainings I undertook in 2016 was the Mental Health certificate.   In 2018 I will be undertaking the Budgeting training.

I have a supportive Partner Mathew, and I have two fantastic kids, my son Brodie aged 21 and my daughter Briearna aged 13. I love music, meeting new people, and cooking.

Kia Tu Mokai Patea!

Ashton Brown


Ko Kurahaupo te Waka, Ko Tu Ao Wharepapa te Maunga, Ko Motueka te Awa, Ko Ngati Rarua te Iwi, Ko Ngati Turangapeke te Hapu, Ko Te Awhina te Marae

Certificate in: Public Sector Service, Te Takaimatua, Child Protection Studies (Level 4).
Certified: Workplace First Aider

“Whāia te iti kahurangi, ki  te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei”

“Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain”

I grew up in Motueka, a small town in the Golden Bay – Te Tau Ihu o te Waka.  The majority of my work experience is within The Ministry of Social Development in a variety of roles from 2007 – 2015. After this I worked as a Kaiwhakahaere for Te Whanau Mana Kakano Kohanga Reo in Palmerston North immediately prior to coming to Mokai Patea Services. I have now settled into the community of Taihape with my partner, son and our fur babies.

I am passionate about empowering people to reach their full potential and I feel the best way to do this is to be a resilient, compassionate role model.

I have a strong personal interest in Martial Arts and have trained and fought competitively in the following arts; Aikido, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, Greco/Freestyle Wrestling and MMA.

Problem solving, thinking clearly under pressure, self-discipline, hard work and working with your team are my favourite aspects of martial arts alongside the physical challenge and this translates to my professional role.

I have a healthy thirst for knowledge and find life experiences often offer the most knowledge, if your heart and mind are open to what’s in front of you.

Lydia Burrow


Bachelor of Business Studies (Massey University)

“Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi”

“With your basket and my basket the people will live”

I grew up in Feilding where I attended Feilding High School and then went on to study at Massey University in Palmerston North.

My partner and I moved to Turangarere 6 years ago to his family farm and since then I spent my working years in hospitality, reception and accountancy, and we have two baby boys Leo and Kobe.

My partner’s whakapapa links to Ngati Tamakopiri through the Whale whanau have helped to develop my interest and understanding of the Mokai Patea Rohe and how Mokai Patea Services contributes as an organisation.

I began the role as Mokai Patea Services’ Financial Administration Clerk in September 2017 and have loved the challenge of the role, the wide range of experiences I have been lucky to be involved in and the people I have met.

Joanne Kelly


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Sally Chambers


Ko Takitimu te Waka, ko Pukehapopo te Maunga, ko Waiomoko te Awa, ko Ngati Kanohi te Iwi.

“Mauri te pono!”

“Believe in yourself!”

I grew up in Napier Hawkes Bay, then moved to Moawhango in Taihape in 2000. My first real employment was with Moawhango school as the Teacher aide/Administrator. Once my children finished at that school, I moved onto at our local McDonalds where I became the restaurant manager. I then moved onto the Waiouru Army Camp as a front of house worker until I was promoted to the Bread Room supervisor.

I was then given the amazing opportunity to work at Mokai Patea and fell in love with it straight away. I am currently living in Taihape with my partner who works at Ngamatea Station. I enjoy taking on challenging roles and have a thirst for knowledge. I am passionate about being a positive role model to others.