Meet Katheryn Butters (RN, MPhil)
Whāriki ringa kohikohi (knowledge broker)
Katheryn is a registered nurse with 30 years in the mental health and addiction sector in leadership, management and education roles. Katheryn has had successes with small and large-scale change and is committed to social justice and equity for Māori. Having joined from the university sector, Katheryn has a particular interest in how to support and develop the workforce to make real changes that improve services for the people of Aotearoa.
Meet Lianne Kohere
Muaūpoko, Te Ātihaunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Waikato-Tainui, Te Arawa.
Lianne has over 30 years’ experience in the Public Sector across the New Zealand Army, Health and Disability sector and Ara Poutama, Department of Corrections. I have a wide range of skills in human resources, Māori Workforce Development, Learning and Development, a Corrections Officer and most recently I was fortunate to be involved in the co-design project of Hikitia, Waikeria Mental Health & Addictions Service as the Workforce Development Lead. Her passion and drive are to improve equity for Māori and their hapori.
Meet Kahu-Rangi Watene
Whāriki Kaiwaewae - Programme coordinator
Tūhourangi-Ngāti Wāhiao, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Manu, Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei.
Kahu-Rangi comes from a whānau of educationalists, and her professional journey has primarily been in the field of education. Kahu-Rangi worked as a kaiako in kōhanga reo and puna kōhungahunga, where she developed a deep appreciation for the importance of early childhood education and the nurturing of our tamariki. Also having served as a public servant, Kahu-Rangi has experience working with and for whānau Māori in te reo Māori educational settings.
Meet Isabella Hammond (BA, MC)
Whāriki Communications and Marketing
Isabella holds a Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Communication with Distinction from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, where she previously worked as Senior Marketing and Communications Adviser. Her Master’s degree focussed on Kaupapa Māori and its application as a methodology in the world of media and communication. Isabella has worked in several roles across both the public and private sector. Working with Māori, for Māori, has always been central to Isabella's mahi.