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Miriama
Hammond

Ngāti Kahungunu o Te Wairoa, Ngāti Ruapani, Ngā Uri Taniwha a Hine Kōrako

Kui Miriama is a founding pou of AATEA. Alongside the late Ray (Karoro Moetahuna) Edwards and Amster Reedy, Kui Miriama has long supported AATEA as a founding pakeke advisor and within her numerous communty and whānau roles. Her passion for her people and tikanga and sharp mind continue to guide AATEA’s growing team.

Rehurehu mai rā a Whakapunake 

Te uri taniwha a Hinekōrako kua tukuna atu rā ki Te Reinga

I tīraha i Pūtahi

I tauawhitia ki Te Poho o Hinepehinga

Ka pūmautia ki te whatumanawa

Ko ngā roimata ka waipuketia te ara ki Kōpinga

ka kōrerohia koe ki ngā papa rauora o ngā karāpuna

Me rongo…

Ō reo tūpuna

Ka paorooro rā i te kokō mai o Te Wairoa Hōpūpū Hōngenengene Matangirau

Tō tātou pou whirinaki 

E wairurutu noa nei te whānau kua mahue nei i a koe

E Kui e 

Ka rākeitia te puna maumahara ki te tuhi māreikura e kore nei e ngaro e…  

Our AATEA whānau mourn the passing of our pou kuia, Miriama Teokiekie Hammond (née Cooper) on March 12th 2022. E auē ana te ngākau o tēnā, o tēnā o mātou.

Kui Miriama was an integral member of our multi-generational team. Indeed, she was the surviving pou whirinaki of the pākeke who guided AATEA from its inception, the others being the late New Amsterdam Reedy and the late Ray Edwards. 

Well into her 80s, Whaea maintained a formidable sharpness of intellect and interest in the goings-on of work, community and whānau life. Kui was a pillar of support; a wellspring of lived experience, wisdom, motherliness, and ‘nanny-ness’. We are so blessed and grateful; Nanny Menemene attended almost every AATEA Team hui (Zui), including during Covid-19 lockdown 2020 – a hugely trying and busy time. 

Whaea Miriama was a guiding and reassuring presence when we were going through work and personal challenges, always there to celebrate breakthroughs and milestones. In true matriarchal style, she would tell us off if we were not taking good care of ourselves and overdoing the work hours.

Kui had us vying for the best putiputi (flower) background or wallpaper on our Zooms. Flowers of diverse origin and hues (preferably from our own gardens) would be presented in the hope they would prompt an anecdote, an opinion, the nod. 

In our team hui, before closing karakia, Kui always had the last word. She maintained this until her last hui a fortnight before she passed… and even in her last week, Kui sent a message from the hospital telling us how proud she was of all of us, to keep on with the mahi and look after one another. 

Kui Miriama – Nanny Menemene – Mum, does not journey alone. Whanaunga, friends and mentors, including revered and treasured elders from both coasts and beyond have been lost to us during and since her passing. We at AATEA send aroha and condolences to whānau and friends who, like us, gather in whatever way we can—whether in person or virtually—to grieve, to bear witness, to celebrate and, ultimately, farewell.

Okioki atu rā koe, e Kui, koutou ko ō hoa haere ki te kāpunipuni o te iwi nui i te Pō.

Kiwa Hammond
Director & Cofounder

Ngāti Kahungunu o Te Wairoa, Ngāti Ruapani, Rongowhakaata, Moriori, English, Irish, Scottish

Kiwa’s life work has been centred in the retention and revival of te ao and tikanga Māori.  Kiwa is an accomplished researcher and author of publications which have been used as educational resources in schools across Aotearoa. Kiwa is a registered translator through Te Taura Whiri o Te Reo Māori, the Māori language commission, recognised as the highest qualification for Māori language translation and interpreting.

Hinerangi Edwards
Director & Cofounder

Ngāruahine, Taranaki, Tāngahoe, Te Pakakohi, Ngāti Ruanui, Te Arawa, Hāmoa, Tonga

Hinerangi’s background in employment and education through New Zealand Employment service and Careers Services (now Careers New Zealand), and kura and schools through our education projects. She led Kia Takatu a Matihiko National Teachers Readiness programme since 2018, and as a director of Korou Digital Agency Ltd, which seeks to create equitable outcomes for access to digital futures in rural areas, Hinerangi constantly advocates for equitable access to a digital future.

Fleur Whaanga

Ngāti Rangi, Muaūpoko, Ngāti Kahungunu

Office Manager and administrator based out of our Te Wairoa office,  Fleur holds a fundamental role within the AATEA team as kaitiaki mouri, ensuring the mouri of the whānau of AATEA is maintained and that everything we do as a business and team are conducted in a mana and mouri enhancing way for all. Fleur’s background in customer service in roles in Kiwibank, Ministry of Social Development, as well as her active roles and engagement within various communities around Aotearoa provide.

Greg Ford

Ngāti Raukawa

Greg holds a Masters of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice for Digital and Collaborative Learning, a Graduate Diploma of Teaching, and a Diploma of Digital Film. These qualifications have informed his positions as a skillful consultant/programmer working on all aspects of software development, for various organisations and institutions, a teacher at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa, and Pou Reo Matihiko, Digital Specialist operating in AATEA.

Maakere Edwards

Ngāruahine, Taranaki, Tāngahoe, Te Pakakohi, Ngāti Ruanui, Te Arawa, Hāmoa, Tonga

Maakere has degrees in Arts (Māori Studies, Victoria University) and Law (Auckland University). She is passionate about Taranaki reo, and is a licensed translator and interpreter of te reo Māori, registered through Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori. Maakere is a researcher and has worked on community, private and public sector projects. Previously she undertook diverse library, teaching and facilitation roles in community and educational settings, including public and academic libraries, and Enviroschools, growing self-sufficiency amongst kura, schools, their whānau and communities.

Rotohiko Ainsley

Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāti Rongomaiwahine, Ngati Porou ki Hauraki, Whānau Tauwhao, Piri Rakau, Ngati Tamatera.

Ropata has experience in evaluation, management and administrative roles. He has had valuable involvement in the ‘Te Ūepu-a-Motu’ the Māori medium section of the Education Review Office, and has worked as a statutory manager for the Ministry of Education, a longstanding kaitiaki for Te Rūnanganui o Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori o Aotearoa, and is also a team member of Te Aho Matua curriculum development. He has been involved in ’Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa’, as a project manager, and he has also been a project coordinator for Te Tairāwhiti for Tuia 250 as an active and sought after cultural consultant.

Rāhiri Mākuini Edwards-Hammond

Ngā iwi huhua o Taranaki whānui, Te Arawa, Ngāti Kahungunu o Te Wairoa, Ngāti Ruapani, Rongowhakaata, Moriori

2021 Master of Indigenous Studies graduate (VUW), Rāhiri has a Bachelor of Health promotion, Sport and Exercise science from Te Wānanga o Raukawa and a Postgraduate Diploma of Arts, majoring in Māori studies from the University of Auckland. A raukura of kura kaupapa and whare wānanga, Rāhiri is driven by her passion for people and brings to AATEA her experiences in these spaces and in her own business. Since joining AATEA as an intern and rangatahi advisor in 2018, Rāhiri has expanded her experience in translation, writing, design, and project management and continues to work with AATEA on various projects while based in Taranaki.

Ana Paewai

Ngāruahine, Taranaki, Tāngahoe, Te Pakakohi, Ngāti Ruanui, Te Arawa, Hāmoa, Tonga

Ana brings 30 years of experience in Maori language immersion education to the AATEA whanau. Ana is a founding member of Kohanga Reo and Kura Kaupapa Màori programs in Taranaki. After establishing, with the whānau, Te Kopae Tamariki Kia U Te Reo (Kohanga Reo) and Te Pihipihinga Kakano mai Rangiatea (Kura Kaupapa Māori) in New Plymouth, Ana then moved to Dannevirke to play a vital role in TKKM o Tamaki nui a Rua. Ana’s focus curricula areas are; primary teaching in all curriculum areas, Toi at all levels, in particular, NCEA 1,2,3, Matea Motuhake (Special Education) learning programs, particularly supporting students with hearing and visual loss, and all aspects of Maori immersion education.

Jude Cornelius

Ngā Rauru, Ngā Ruahine Rangi, Ngāti Ruanui,Te Whakatōhea

As a qualified teacher (Massey University) with over 20 years of experience in teaching pūtaiao/science and digital technologies in kura and schools around Aotearoa, Jude is highly skilled in management, lesson planning, educational technology and design, skills which she brings to the team at AATEA. Exemplified by her experience as a former school coordinator for Eastbay REAP and in her current role as Project Coordinator for Meta Māori and Addios Contracting, Jude has extensive experience and continues to share her expertise as a teacher and leader in her roles within projects at AATEA Solutions.

Sophie Clement

Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Raukawa

Sophie has a background in business strategy and development, with over fifteen years of diverse experience in a number of industries including social enterprise, health care, and architecture. Her skills include business management, strategic and big picture thinking, and relationship building, all of which are grounded in her lifelong love of learning. Creatively minded, Sophie’s strengths lie in critical problem solving and calming the waters of any kaupapa she is involved in.

Patina Edwards

Ngāruahine, Taranaki, Tāngahoe, Te Pakakohi, Ngāti Ruanui, Te Arawa, Hāmoa, Tonga

Patina holds a Master of Arts and is a graduate of Te Aupikitanga ki te Kairangi. She has experience in the education sector as a consultant and is an experienced researcher, having done contract work with The Ministry of Women’s Affairs, has hands on experience in policymaking (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Te Puni Kokiri) and has spent several years volunteering in various humanitarian projects overseas. She is currently a member of the cultural advisory group of Te Korowai o Ngāruahine (Ngāruahine PSGE).

Te Moana Nui a Kiwa Rehu Ryan

Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe, Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Ātihaunui a Pāpārangi, Tūwharetoa, Scottish, Irish 

Bachelor of Anthropology, minoring in Indigenous Development (University of Otago, Ōtepoti) student, Te Moana is a graduate of Te Wānanga o Raukawa where he completed Heke Reo Māori, Diploma in Te Reo Māori. Passionate about sustainability, culture, art, hauora and whānau wellbeing, Te Moana has been an active contributor to the AATEA team since joining in 2019. Through projects, Te Moana has worked with our senior members to grow his writing, design, matauranga and management skills.

Zach Wylde

Zach grew up in recording studios and post-production facilities around the world. Learning along side technicians and creatives as the two jobs merged over the past few decades. Wether it’s big data delivery, security, or storage for films and tv or it’s getting on the tools and participating in the increased adoption of open source solutions, Zach loves every minute of it!

Ceara McAuliffe Bickerton

Ceara comes from a strong background in design thinking, human-centered design, and codesign. Ceara has a strong focus on user experience and, as such, plays a key role as both a facilitator and prototyper; taking a concept and turning it into an innovative solution whether that be a digital product or a physical experience to test the concept with customers.