Our Team

PROFILES

Our People

Albie Brown

Pepeha

Moumoukai tōku maunga, Ngāti Rākaipaaka rāua ko Ngāti Rongomawahine ōku iwi, Ko Kahungunu tōku marae, i tipu ake ahau i Te Mahia, kei Manawatū ahau e noho ana ināianei, Ko Albie ahau

Role

Administrator

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Unofficial Role

Healthy lunch supervisor/Office daddy day care/Rugby Sweepstakes official

When did you join Pūhoro?

2019

What You Love About Working For Pūhoro

Office feels safe and comfortable. The outcomes of working behind the scenes for the programme to be effective, productive and impressionable.

Advice For Your Rangatahi

Choose good friends. Head down bum up.

If you were an element

Calcium – Good for the bones

Apiata Tipene

Pepeha

Ngāti Kere, Te Whānau a Te Ehutu, Te Hika o Papauma

Role

Manawatū Y13 Kaihautū 2019

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Unofficial Role

Philosopher and Token “Did you know [insert useless information]” guy.

When did you join Pūhoro?

2016

What You Love About Working For Pūhoro

Watching rangatahi grow their confidence and establish themselves as young capable Māori in science fields.

Advice For Your Rangatahi

“If you had one shot, one opportunity..” Always take advantage of the opportunities presented to you, it could be the only time there ever is...

If you were an element

Carbon. It can help to (and likely does) make everything. It is basically chemical lego. This reflects me well because sometimes I can feel awesome like diamonds and others I can feel ordinary... like a pencil.

Aroha Pomana

Pepeha

Ko Hikurangi te maunga, ko Waiapu te awa, ko Horouta te waka, ko Ngāti Porou te iwi, ko Ohinewaiapu te marae

Role

Data Analyst

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Unofficial Role

Chief Executive of the Pūhoro website

When did you join Pūhoro?

April 2018

What You Love About Working For Pūhoro

I love the people and the kaupapa. I also love seeing how aspirational many of our tauira are from the get-go and seeing them achieve their goals

Advice For Your Rangatahi

Aim high. Don’t shy away from the mahi because now is the time to go for it.

If you were an element

Titanium. Strong, versatile and just sounds cool!

Chey Tehei

Pepeha

Ngāti Kere, Te Whānau a Te Ehutu, Te Hika o Papauma

Role

Events Coordinator

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Unofficial Role

The Competitive One

When did you join Pūhoro?

February 2019

What You Love About Working For Pūhoro

I love Pūhoro! I love our team, I love our working environment that upholds our core Māori values

Advice For Your Rangatahi

'Where there is no vision, the people perish' - Proverbs 29:18. Without a goal of where you want to be, nothing can be achieved. Set goals, focus and work hard.

If you were an element

Hydrogen cause I like to be NUMBER ONE :P

Courtnee Tia Matthews

Pepeha

Ko Hikurangi te maunga, ko Wairua te awa, ko Ngātokimatawhaorua te waka, ko Ngāpuhi te iwi, ko Ngāti Hine te hapū, ko Eparaima Makapi te marae. Nō Whangarei ahau, kei Te Papaieoa tōku kāinga ināianei. Ko Simone rāua ko Eddie ōku mātua Ko Jada rāua ko Cairo āku tamāhine Ko Courtnee Tia Matthews tōku ingoa

Role

Manawatū Y12 Kaihautū 2019 | Phase 2 Kaihautū 2019

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Unofficial Role

Known as Tia - aka the Princess of our Roopū

When did you join Pūhoro?

2017

What You Love About Working For Pūhoro

I love working purposefully with our rangatahi to enable them to unlock their potential. Seeing them believe in themselves and begin to map out their futures is a really rewarding part of my role. I love everything about Pūhoro but ‘He tangata, he tangata, he tangata’ explains my favourite part

Advice For Your Rangatahi

“You are powerful beyond measure!” And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise because your tīpuna instilled all the needed tools in you to succeed. It’s now up to you to! Mahia te mahi!

If you were an element

I don’t trust atoms, I hear they make up everything?!

Ella Cameron-Smith

Pepeha

Ko Maungatautari me Mauao ngā maunga, ko Tainui me Tākitimu ngā waka, ko Waikato te awa, ko Te Awanui te moana, ko Waikato me Ngāti Ranginui ngā iwi, ko Ngāti Koroki-Kahukura me Ngāti Hangarau ngā hapū, ko Pohara me Ngāti Hangarau ngā marae, ko Pōtatau Te Wherowhero rāua ko Tamatea Arikinui ngā tāngata. Kei Taupō taku kāinga ināianei. Ko Te Mete, arā ko Smith taku ingoa whānau. Ko Ella taku ingoa

Role

Pūhoro Graduate/Intern

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Unofficial Role

Kai & hauora coach, Vegatarian masterchef, Connect 4 Champ

When did you join Pūhoro?

2016

What You Love About Working For Pūhoro

I love being part of such a loving, accepting environment. I’ve learnt how being enriched in culture is the most harmonic, peaceful feeling. I have felt supported, encouraged and appreciated by Pūhoro. I admire all the hard work my extended whānau put in to making Pūhoro such a success for myself and all Pūhoro students. I love doing this mahi to make other students feel the way I do

Advice For Your Rangatahi

Pūhoro creates a positive learning environment. By engaging in all Pūhoro has to offer you’ll become (if not already) inspired by the knowledge of your own potential

If you were an element

I’ll be the burn element like Te Hāmua lol – we’re both black haha.

Finn Martin

Pepeha

Ko Maungaroa te maunga , Ko Waikato te awa, Ko Tainui te waka, Ko Ngāti Maniapoto te iwi, Ko Ngāti Paretekawa te hapū, Ko Mangatoatoa te marae

Role

Pūhoro Graduate/Intern

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Unofficial Role

Pūhoro Connect 4 Champion

When did you join Pūhoro?

2016

What You Love About Working For Pūhoro

Love to help kids realise their love for science

Advice For Your Rangatahi

Join Pūhoro

If you were an element

Bromine because everything I do is for the boys

Horiana MacGregor

Pepeha

Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga (Ngāti Hinemanu, Ngai te Upokoiri) Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga (Ngātipareraukawa), Kūki Arini (Rarotonga, Mangaia, Mauke, Aitutaki, Atiu)

Role

Business Manager

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Unofficial Role

Penny diver

When did you join Pūhoro?

2016

What You Love About Working For Pūhoro

Following the journey of our rangatahi discovering who they are, what they can be and what they can accomplish

Advice For Your Rangatahi

Don't settle for the easy path

If you were an element

Oxygen. You need me

Jordan Housiaux

Pepeha

Ko Tokomaru tōku waka, ko Waikanae tōku awa, ko Te Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai rātou ko Ngāti Toa, ko Ngāti Raukawa, ko Te Ātihaunui-a-Papārangi ōku iwi. Nō Ōtaki ahau. Ko tōku waikanaetanga tēnei

Role

Ōtaki Y11 & 12 Kaihautū 2019

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Unofficial Role

Chief chocolate eater and lover of sharks/whales

When did you join Pūhoro?

2016

What You Love About Working For Pūhoro

Māori occupying science spaces, the manaakitanga, and good vibes.

Advice For Your Rangatahi

Seek out friends, whanau, and relationships that support and uplift your wellbeing.

If you were an element

H2O : Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au

Karamea Millar

Pepeha

Ko Rangitāne me Ngāti Kahungunu ngā iwi. Nō Whakaoriori ahau

Role

Administrator

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Unofficial Role

Bringing the team weekly Shortland Street episodes about my hectic life. Being a crazy cat lady. Also famous for ‘the girl that can only do 1 press up’ lol.

When did you join Pūhoro?

April 2017

What You Love About Working For Pūhoro

I love working with such a warm, welcoming and fun loving team. I love that we are all a big whānau now and that we are very family-oriented. I also love how much aroha we all have for our rangatahi and how much we look after them. I also love seeing our rangatahi reach for their full potential

Advice For Your Rangatahi

To always focus on yourself and not worry too much about what your friends are doing throughout school because it’s only going to be YOU that gets you to your goal, so become your own best friend and be greedy for your own education

If you were an element

I would be Mercury (Hg) Because it can dissolve gold and silver, which is honestly like me dissolving money – gold and silver coins never last long in my wallet, I always find a way to spend (dissolve) it lol. And if you really know me I’m the worst with money, kind of ironic that I reconcile credit cards though lol!

Kemp Reweti

Pepeha

Ko Tararua ngā paemaunga, ko Rangitīkei te awa, ko Tainui te waka, ko Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga te iwi, ko Ohinepuhiawe te rohe, ko Parewahawaha te Marae Ko Parewahawaha te tangata, ko Ngāti Parewahawaha te hapū

Role

Senior Analyst | Evidence & Comms Team Leader

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Unofficial Role

Main Dishwasher!

When did you join Pūhoro?

September 2018

What You Love About Working For Pūhoro

Helping make a difference for Aotearoa and the world!

Advice For Your Rangatahi

Stay in School!

If you were an element

Iron, because I am stubborn

Leland Ruwhiu

Pepeha

Ngai Tū te Aru, Te Whānau ā Hunaara, Ngāti Pāhauwera, Ngāti Mairehau

Role

Kaihautū Team Leader

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Unofficial Role

Dad Joke Advisor and Food Cross-Contamination Officer

When did you join Pūhoro?

2015

What You Love About Working For Pūhoro

Seeing rangatahi Māori realise their potential and seeing how this transforms both their lives and the lives of their whānau and community

Advice For Your Rangatahi

‘Too many people are willing to carry the footstool, when there is a piano to be taken’ – Never shy away from hard work

If you were an element

Ir (Iridium) because it is the most corrosive-resistant element known, meaning, it is not affected by water, chemicals or acids. There are many elements that change under different stressors and conditions, and while this lends to the beauty of the world we live in, I also appreciate that there is one that is not affected and remains constant, unchanging and enduring – qualities that perhaps compliment some of my own personal characteristics

Locwood Ruwhiu

Pepeha

Ko Ngāpuhi rātou ko Ngāti Porou, ko Ngāti Kahungunu, ko Rangitāne ngā iwi. E whānau au i roto i Heretaunga, i tipu au ki Papaioea, e noho ana au ki Tāmaki Makaurau ināianei

Role

South Auckland Y12 Kaihautū 2019

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Unofficial Role

I am the self-nominated “Pūhoro HYPE beast” – usually waiting in lines overnight for the next Yeezy drop

When did you join Pūhoro?

2018  

What You Love About Working For Pūhoro

I love working for Pūhoro because it has re-connected me to Te Ao Māori and our awesome rangatahi!

Advice For Your Rangatahi

Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna te ngahere. Ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga, nōna te ao

If you were an element

Sodium – When you ask me to pass the table salt, all I’ll say is “Na”...dry Pa

Luke August

Pepeha

Ko Ruahine te pae maunga, ko Rangitikei te awa, ko Rata te marae, ko Ngāti Hauiti te iwi. Ko Luke tōku ingoa

Role

Pūhoro Graduate/Intern

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Unofficial Role

Chief Executive of the Pūhoro website

When did you join Pūhoro?

2016

What You Love About Working For Pūhoro

I love being able to give back to a programme that has done some much for my development not only in science but as a young Māori

Advice For Your Rangatahi

Take all the opportunities that come your way and make the most of them.

If you were an element

I couldn’t decide which element to pick because all of the good ones “Argon”

Meschka Seifritz

Pepeha

Ko Ruāhine te maunga, ko Oroua te awa, ko Tainui te waka, ko Ngāti Kauwhata te iwi, ko Kauwhata te marae, ko Hinepare te hapū, ko Meschka Seifritz tōku ingoa!

Role

Pūhoro Graduate/Intern

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Unofficial Role

Keeper of the chat rankings

When did you join Pūhoro?

2016

What You Love About Working For Pūhoro

Being able to give back to Pūhoro after everything it has done for me

Advice For Your Rangatahi

He who says he can and he who says he can’t are both right

If you were an element

Oxygen, to help reverse climate change

Michaela Martin

Pepeha

Ko Titohia te maunga, ko Waiora te awa, ko Te Manuao te waka, ko Ratana te marae, ko Morehu te iwi, Tihei Mauriora!

Role

Manawatū Y11 Kaihautū 2019

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Unofficial Role

The tone deaf Kaihautū who can’t sing in tune to save her life

When did you join Pūhoro?

2019

What You Love About Working For Pūhoro

The whānau aspect. I have never been within a workplace environment that prioritises whānau over everything. It’s so amazing to feel like your workplace whānau supports you as much as your own whānau at home.

Advice For Your Rangatahi

Get comfortable being uncomfortable. Get confident being uncertain. Don’t give up just because something is hard. Pushing through challenges is what makes you grow as a person and you will thank yourself a million times over later on in life when you see the amazing things that stepping out your comfort zone achieves for you. Great people never become great by playing it safe. You got this!

If you were an element

Gold (AU).. and well its beautiful, expensive and sought after... so basically an accurate representation of me LOL jokesssss

Mosiah Igatia

Pepeha

Ko Puwhenua te maunga, ko Wairoa nga wai ora, ko Takitimu te waka, ko Taurangamoana te moana, ko Ngāti Ranginui te iwi, ko Huria te marae, ko Ngai Tamarawaho te hapū

Role

Pūhoro Graduate/Intern

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Unofficial Role

Yung Prospect

When did you join Pūhoro?

2016

What You Love About Working For Pūhoro

The positive whānau vibe of the Pūhoro team is conducive to a successful working environment. Enjoy setting up other Māori students for greater potential in their NCEA schooling, opening their eyes to the horizons of potential career opportunities and allowing rangatahi the chance to engage and grow in the knowledge of their Māori culture

Advice For Your Rangatahi

Work Hard. Remove distractions and constraints. Help yourself so you can help others. Don't be an egg. Be nice

If you were an element

Helium. Atomic symbol is He, and I am a "he". Atomic number is #2, born in the 2nd month of the year. Not sure if I'm light weight, but I am light skin. Attitude is usually pretty buoyant, like to be around people who take interest in elevating themselves, as well as others. Most of the time I like to think I can keep pretty chill, like a helium balloon. As helium is light (in terms of relative mass and weight), I'd like to think I can float above stink vibes, to not be weighed down by such. Helium is one of the least reactive elements. I hope that I can be like that in terms of reacting negatively or hastily in bad situations, but I can sometimes be too passive, so gotta level up and be firm and sure. Want to try being chill more often, be accepting, as a balloon that will float with the wind, but will continue rising and maintaining shape until my time is done

Naomi Manu

Pepeha

He uri no ngā iwi o Rangitāne ki te Wairarapa me Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa

Role

Director

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Unofficial Role

Expert kaitonotono

When did you join Pūhoro?

2015

What You Love About Working For Pūhoro

I love being involved in something that is making a difference for whānau

Advice For Your Rangatahi

Look after each other

If you were an element

Gold – because that is what we need to improve access to Pūhoro for more rangatahi and whānau

Taniora Herewini

Pepeha

Ko Ngāpuhi te iwi, ko Ngāti Rehia, Ngāti Hau, Ngāti Kaharau ōku hapū, ko Whitiroa, Hiruharama Hou, Te Piiti ōku marae, ko Hokianga whakapou karakia te moana, ko Te Kerei Mangonui te awa, ko Nukutawhiti rāua ko Tareha ōku tūpuna, ko Pukehuia, Pukehaua me Mataka ōku maunga

Role

South Auckland Y11 Kaihautū 2019

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Unofficial Role

Chief Executive of the Pūhoro website

When did you join Pūhoro?

February 2018

What You Love About Working For Pūhoro

The whānau culture is priceless

Advice For Your Rangatahi

Me anga whakamua tātou kia kotahi - We will all achieve together if we move forward together

If you were an element

I’ll be the burn element like Te Hāmua lol – we’re both black haha.

Te Hāmua Nikora

Pepeha

Nō ngā maunga, ngā awa, ngā marae me ngā hapū katoa o Te Tairawhiti ahau. He uri nā Māui, he kūmara kōtipu nō te maara maumahara i aku tīpuna. Ko Te Ūranga-mai-o-Te-Ra awau, ko awau ko ia.

Role

Ko au te Kaihautū-ā-Rohe. I look after our Pou Herenga in our regional schools. Ko awau hoki te Kaitaunaki Reo/Tikanga Māori. It’s my job to support the Māori language and cultural aspects of the Pūhoro program.

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Unofficial Role

I’m also the fulla who parks his car so close to the Pūhoro car park sign it gets bent!

When did you join Pūhoro?

I was lucky enough to be asked to MC the launch of the program in 2016 and to facilitate the Term Wānanga since. In 2018 I was asked t o take on my current roles full - time and I jumped at the opportunity.

What You Love About Working For Pūhoro

I love disrupting what some in society say are the limits our rangatahi can achieve. I’m one to tell our students that they are NOT who OTHERS say they are, but who THEY BELIEVE THEY ARE! Being able to equip, not the “rangatira o āpōpō” but in fact IHOREI O AIANEI, is an honour and a responsibility I take very seriously

Advice For Your Rangatahi

GET IT!!! Not just for yourself, but for YOUR IWI!

If you were an element

I’d have to say the front element..cos reaching to the back of the stove top just takes extra energy that could have been used for munching!

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