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Our People

Mathias Pitama

Trust Manager – He Toki ki te Mahi

Eruera Tarena

Kaihautu/Chief Executive

Eruera has a strong background in both cultural and organisational expertise and has worked in a range of organisations associated with iwi development and across multiple divisions of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Eruera has extensive experience facilitating collaborative partnerships, teams and projects focused on achieving Maori success.

Kym Hamilton

Programme Leader: He Toki ki te Rika

Information about Kym being updated.... watch this space!!!

Philip (Piripi) Prendergast

Programme Leader: Mau Ki Te Ako

Piripi brings over 30 years of experience in education, teaching English and history in Māori medium programmes. Piripi’s role involves supporting facilitators, teachers and school leaders on their cultural responsiveness journey. He is also part of a team providing training for new teachers.

Renata Hakiwai

Director-Kaiarahi: Whenua Kura

Renata (Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine, Tainui, Tūwharetoa) joined the Whenua Kura team from CPIT where he held the position of Manager - Māori and Pasifika Trades Training. Prior to this he was at UC Accommodation Student Village and the Ministry of Education. Renata brings a blend of experience to the role having worked in both the Education and Commercial sectors. He is passionate about using his knowledge and experience to support initiatives that build capability and capacity within Māori, but first and foremost, those that support whānau transformation by developing Māori leaders. Renata has a strong interest in Tribal and Māori Economic Development.

Hemi Inia

Trust Manager - He Toki Ki Te Mahi

Hemi has been in recruitment, student support, management and project management roles and brings an excellent level of understanding of tertiary education and the importance of Kaupapa Māori principles, cultural values, achievement, and successful outcomes for Māori.

Brett Lee

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Advisor on Mau ki te Ako

Based at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Brett works with Te Tapuae o Rehua on Mau ki te Ako. Brett is the Kaiwhiri Mātauranga-ā-Iwi and provides guidance for professional learning and development facilitators around Te Reo me ōna tikanga and helps schools to build relationships with rūnanga and marae.

Porsha London


Porsha London is an experienced researcher and brings with her an invaluable expertise in education. She possesses communication, problem solving, analysis and research and evaluation skills that are utilised across TToR’s individual projects. Porsha provides continuous evaluation of projects’ progress and helps them achieve their specific goals.

Tracey Waho-Blayney

Administrative Coordinator

Information about Tracey is being updated.... watch this space!!!!