Projects

Project Direction 2018 - 2019
Waimārama Kia Eke and Waimārama Eke Panuku Projects

Te Mātāwai funded projects to evaluate the Waimārama Reo Strategy 2002-2027, produce inspiring tools for Waimārama hapū to engage or continue in the development of Te Reo Māori in the home and at the marae, and to lead the language planning development to realise hapū aspirations for excellence and use of Te Reo Māori.

Project Manager 2014 - 2017
Ko te Marae te Matatiki, Ngā Kairauhii 

Secured a Ministry of Health Te Ao Auahatanga Maori Health Innovation contract for Ko te Marae te Matatiki, which is a health innovation project that supports marae to develop health and wellbeing solutions for their whānau and hapū.  It involves Marae Health Champions supporting lifestyle changes for whānau and assisting whānau to make linkages to appropriate service providers.

Project Manager August - November 2012 
Maori Outstanding Natural Landscapes, Hastings District Council

One of the matters of national importance identified in the RMA requires councils to protect Outstanding Natural Features and Landscapes from inappropriate subdivision, use, and development (RMA 6b). This project involved a review of the HDC Outstanding Natural Landscapes report (1996) and to identify any cultural impacts of the report on Maori values.  To consult with mana whenua with regard to outstanding landmarks and give recommendations to HDC going forward.

Cultural Impact Assessment Project Manager
July - September 2012
Hastings District Council Waste Water Treatment Plant 

Cultural Impact Assessment for the renewal of the resource consent of the East Clive Waste Water Plant.  Involves consulting with marae/ hapu and whanau about potential impacts to cultural values and the environment and then presenting these recommendations to HDC. 

Cultural Advisor March - August 2012
Whakatu Arterial Project, Hastings District Council

Whakatu Arterial Project has been a 4 month enquiry by design process for a new arterial linking state highway 2 and the express way with the objective of improving transportation links between Whakatu and the Port of Napier.  My role has been to Support the seven public consultation hui for this kaupapa as well as being part of the Enquiry by Design process supporting the stakeholder/ community group work through the process.  Cultural issues were at the forefront of this process as there were Waahi Tapu and Maori Land sensitivities that needed to be addressed as part of the enquiry.  

Project Manager 2009-2012
Nga Kairauhii

Nga Kairauhii Trust was established in 1999 as a Marae response to the lack of services available to support the needs and aspirations of Marae/ Hapu.  Nga Kairauhii is a collective of Marae in Heretaunga, Omahu, Runanga, Te Awhina, Matahiwi, Waimarama and Mihiroa who support and advocate for and on hehalf of Marae.  We have recently completed an important piece of research (Ko te Marae te Matatiki) and are developing initiatives to  support it's recommendations.  These include the KHW Marae Wellbeing Project, Whare Oranga (Primary Care services on Marae) and Ka Hao te Rangatahi (Marae Maintenance and Administration).  To make all this happen we have collaborated with key agencies such as Hawke's Bay DHB, Te Puni Kokiri, Ministry Social Development, Hastings District Council, Te Oranga Health HB PHO, Maori Health Providers and Marae.

Marae Wellbeing Project Manager 2009 - 2012
Kahungunu Hikoi Whenua

Promoting Healthy lifestyles among whanau.  Developing Marae based initiatives that support healthy eating, physical activity and smoke free kaupapa's.  The project is part of a larger Kahungunu Hikoi Whenua population health programme encouraging Ngati Kahungunu to make the healthy choice to prevent the onset of chronic diseases such heart disease, diabetes etc.  We have supported over 35 Marae develop Whanau Ora initiatives within Kahungunu (including Maara Kai, Wananga, Physical Activity programmes, Kaumatua programmes, Rangatahi Programmes etc.)  Kahugnunu Hikoi Whenua is a district wide initiative that aims to influence our whanau at home, work and play and includes a number of coordinated projects to ensure these communities are included.

He Pataka Hauora Trust - Chairman/ Trustee 2010-2012
Kai in The Bay - Maori and Wild Food Festival

A one day event to highlight and promote the best of Maori and Wild Foods from around Aotearoa.  The inaugural festival was held in 2010 and has the potential to be a regular highlight on the Hawke's Bay Events Calander.  The event is to raise awareness of Diabetes and its impacts on whanau Maori.  There are a range of cooking demonstrations and workshops that will keep the whanau entertained and fed for the whole day.  Kai in the Bay is increasing it's profile as a key event in the annual Hawke's Bay calendar and is supported by a number of sponsors including Ngati Kahugnunu Iwi Inc., Te Puni Kokiri, BNZ Bank and Unison Networks. 

Project Manager 2009-2012
Te Wheke Whanau Ora - Nga Kaitiaki Hauora o Waikaremoana

Nga Kaitiaki Hauora o Waikaremoana (NKHOW) was one of 32 successful applicants to the Te Auahatanga Maori Innovation programme.  This was a national tender process with over 200 provider applicants.  The project utilises Te Wheke Model of Wellbeing as the foundation to support whanau ora in Waikaremoana.  Implementing a holistic model of care to improve health and wellbeing outcomes of whanau, hapu and iwi.  This project is funded by the Ministry of Health and will be used as a template for other communities to implement.

Owner/ Director 2000-Current
SeaEscape Waimārama Baches

20 years ago I could see that Waimarama had a wealth of untapped tourism potential, especially during the summer months when our population increases by 500%.  So around the 2001 we started planning the construction of three self contained cottages located on our sacred Maunga, Te Whanganui-a-Tara overlooking Motu-o-Kura and Te Moananui-a-Kiwa.  Since their construction we have had hundreds of visitors stay with us and enjoy all that Waimarama has to offer.  In 2006-08 we also ran Waimarama Horse Treks, which was a successful business where we offered treks along the beach and over the hills.  There are opportunities to promote what we have in our local communities, we just need the foresight and vision to make it happen.