Whānau Āwhina Plunket is on a journey to ensure equitable health outcomes for tangata Māori. 

This is a goal we are passionate and committed to achieving – and we know we can’t do it alone. 

Our Kaiārahi Māori (Māori Capability Advisors) support Whānau Āwhina Plunket to strengthen our internal capacity and capability to truly 'walk the talk'.

Their role is to assist, support and work alongside our Executive Leadership Team to ensure we're delivering equitable and meaningful outcomes for whānau Māori. 

We believe if we get it right for our most vulnerable whānau, we will get it right for everyone. 

Meet our Kaiārahi Māori:

John Hamlin

Ngā mihi mahana, Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou
Ko Maungapohatu tōku maunga
Ko Tauranga tōku awa
Ko Mataatua tōku waka
Ko Ngāi Tuhoe tōku iwi
Nō Waimana ahau
Nō Wainuiomata e noho ana
He Pou Tikanga tōku tūnga mahi
Ko John Hamlin tōku ingoa
No reira tēna koutou, tēna koutou, tēna koutou katoa

I have worked in roles throughout my working life, from private enterprise, to government to corporate roles. Most of my working life has been in IT.

I joined Whānau Āwhina Plunket in Oct 2020 during the COVID-19 era to a completely different role. So far, I have been involved in Policies and other governance boards which has given me an insight into Whānau Āwhina Plunket.

In my role as Pou Tikanga, Cultural Advisor, it has been something that is taking time to adjust to after life in the Corporate world. I have been working on guidelines for running whakatau (Welcome) internally and demystify the whole process.

At the moment the focus is on Pro-Equity and our commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi principles. We have a set of principles and values which are being embraced within our organisation to help in how we work with each other as well as how we work with our whānau and pēpi. Keeping these in mind, Māhaki, Mānaaki, Tūhono and Māia, we can navigate the journey of Pro-Equity with a lot of support for each other.

 

Maraea Makiha

Tēna tatou e te whānau

He Uri tenei no Tamatekapua
Ko Tuturu me Matawhaura nga Maunga
Ko Puarenga me Ohau nga Awa
Ko Tuhourangi me Ngati Pikiao nga Hapu
Ko Te Pakira me Te Takinga nga Marae
Ko Te Arawa te Tangata
Ko Te Arawa te Iwi

Ko Maraea Makiha ahau. E noho ana au ki Kirikiriroa. Kei roto au it te Rōpu Ringa Raupa
Tokorima oku Tamariki, Tokorua oku mokopuna.

My Journey with Plunket started on 7th March 2012, where I was employed as a Kaiāwhina for the Waikato area.

During my time as Kaiāwhina I facilitated groups such as Basic Child and Infant CPR, Tikanga Ririki – Māori Parenting practises incorporating Kupenga, Whilst studying towards my Bachelors of Social Work - Biculturalism in practice.

Te Tohu Paetahi o nga Whakarara Oranga with Te Wananga O Aotearoa, which I graduated from in 2014. I am also a qualified Smoking Cessation Quit coach.

Over the years I have been fortunate enough to sit in many teams such as Whānau Awhina Whānau Ora team, Whirihia team and more recently Ringa Raupa Team.

I am passionate about advocating for my people, ensuring that they are being heard, valued and seen.

Sheryl Matenga

Tuu ana au ki te tihi o tooku maunga o Taupiri.

Wheetee atu taku aro ki ooku wai maatao ki tooku awa ko Waikato.

Kauria ooku wai, ka puea ake ki tooku whenua uukaipoo ki Ngaati Maahuta.

Takahia atu ngaa araara wae ki tooku whare koorero ki Waahi Paa.

Ka tau ko ahau, e ko kooia, e ara e!

Ko Sheryl Matenga ahau.

I tupu ake au I ngaa rekereke o aku Kaumaatua I raro ano I te marumaru o te Kiingitanga.

Ko taaku e aro atu ana I roto I tooku tuuranga, ko te tuuhono I te Ao Maaori, ki te Ao Whaanau Aawhina.

Kua rua tau au e mahi ana I konei. Kua tapa mai te ingoa Kaiaarahi Maaori – moo te haapori tooku tuuranga – e kii a nei - external relationships.

 

Leandra Wetere

Ko Hikurangi te maunga 

Ko Waiapu te awa 

Ko Nukutaememeha te waka 

Ko Ngāti Porou te iwi 

Ko Hinepare, Ko O-Hine-Waiapu ōku marae 

Ko Ngāi Tane, Ko Te Whanau a Takimoana ōku hapū 

Ko Leandra Wetere tōku ingoa 
 
Leandra is of Ngāti Porou and Scottish decent and began her journey with Whānau Āwhina Plunket in 2015 as a Community Services Co-ordinator.  Prior to joining Whānau Āwhina Plunket Leandra’s passion and commitment to whānau Māori had her in various roles within the community, working along side whānau and various sectors of public service,  including a role as victim’s advisor for the Waitakere District Court. Leandra holds a Bachelor in Māori & Indigenous Planning & Development.   

She began her career as a signaller in the New Zealand Army during which time she was deployed to Cambodia as part of a United Nations Mission and was awarded the New Zealand Operational Service medal, the United Nations medal and the Australian Meritorius Unit Citation.  

Leandra is married to Dale Wetere, nō Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Whātua and they have three tamariki and two mokopuna which have given her the biggest qualification in life! In her spare time Leandra enjoys rāranga (weaving) and spending time with whānau.

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