The Staff

Kaiwhakahaere - Whaea Karen Hill

Karen is the founder of Mana Tiaki and has been the kaiwhakahaere since Mana Tiaki's conception in 2003. Karen is responsible for the oversight and development of Mana Tiaki and ensuring that programmes remain responsive to the community and whanau it serves.

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Admin Manager - Jade Gifford

Jade has been a member of Mana Tiaki since 2003. She has performed with all the groups and left Mana Tiaki as a performer in 2015 when she began her tertiary studies at Vic Uni. Jade is in her final year of study and it is great to have her return to Mana Tiaki to be the Administration Manager. Jade is the first point of contact for administrative matters and will be 'on the floor' every Thursday to deal with new registrations, payments and distribution of panui.

Kapa Haka Tutor - Te Rehia Matthews

Te Rehia Matthews has been part of the Mana Tiaki teaching team since 2014. She is a very valued member of the staff and brings much tutoring experience with her, especially from her mahi with Postgate School. Te Rehia is responsible for the tutelage of the primary school group, Te Iti Kahurangi though her skills see her work across all the groups from time to time. Whaea Te Rehia is a very loved and important member of the Mana Tiaki whanau.

Kapa Haka Tutor - Lionel Toa Waaka

Matua Toa has been on our Kapa Haka teaching team since 2013. He has done some outstanding mahi with Nga Mokopuna - our preschool work, so good that it is often difficult for us to get the kids to transition up to Te Iti Kahurangi once they start school ! Toa brings a wealth of haka knowledge with him to Mana Tiaki and we really value his skill and input.

Rangatahi Tutor - Ruben Parata

Ruben is a past member of Te Poutokomanawa and joins us in 2017 as a rangatahi tutor. He will be working alongside all the tutors to support in especially the tutoring of our boys. Ruben is in his second year of study at Vic University and we are pleased that he is returning to Mana Tiaki in this leadership role.

Rangatahi Tutor - Georgia Gifford

Georgia has been part of the Mana Tiaki whanau since it's conception. This is her first year of study at Vic University and it is great that she is now rejoining Mana Tiaki as a rangatahi tutor. Georgia will play the guitar for Nga Mokopuna and Te Iti Kahurangi and will support the tutors.