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130 Queen Street, Wairoa, New Zealand, 4108

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Our Whānau

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.

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.

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.

Patina Edwards

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

Patina holds a Masters in Education 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).

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.

Rahiri Makuini Edwards-Hammond

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

Current Master of Indigenous Studies student, Rahiri has a bachelor of health promotion, sport and exercise science from Te Wānanga o Raukawa and a post-graduate diploma of arts, majoring in Māori studies from the University of Auckland. A raukura of kura kaupapa and whare wānanga, Rahiri 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, Rahiri has expanded her experience in translation, writing, design, and project management and continues to work with AATEA on various projects while based in Te Whanganui-ā-Tara, Wellington.

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.

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.

Rongomau Whaanga

Ngāti Rangi, Muaūpoko, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rongomaiwahine

Pursuing a Bachelors of Commerce majoring in international business, Rongomau actively developed his research skills, and assisted AATEA in providing key long term considerations regarding the future of business for AATEA. His goal of one day establishing himself within the world of business nationally and internationally allowed him to come into this space and observe with interest how Māori businesses such as AATEA and our clients run on a daily basis. Also based in Ōtepoti, Dunedin, Rongomau is a highly valued member of our rangatahi team.

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.

Paretao Tipoki-Hansen

Ngāti Kahungunu o Te Wairoa, Te Ātihaunui a Pāpārangi

Based in Ōtepoti, Dunedin, Paretao currently studies Māori Health at the University of Otago in pursuit of a Bachelor of Health Sciences. Like her studies, her mahi is driven by a passion for the health of Māori people and a desire to create a safer, more culturally competent healthcare environment through policy. While working closely with the AATEA team in Te Wairoa, Paretao was extremely involved in extensive data entry and grew an understanding of the significance of data within all facets of our everyday lives. While working with AATEA over the summer period, Pareto remains an extremely valued member of the AATEA whānau and team.

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!

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.