Sean Harris

Kaiwhakahaere Pakihi – Business Manager

Sean was born and raised in Kirikiriroa(Hamilton) and made the move to Tāmaki-Makaurau 6 years ago. Over the past 7 years he has taken up a variety of management roles in the health sector, with the last 4 being tailored to Mental Health. Currently Sean is completing his tohu in Health Services and majoring in Physcology. He is passionate about helping our people and their hauora. He believes that everyone deserves to live a full life and is an advocate in ensuring that our people have the ability to do so. His journey and life experiences have brought him into the health sector and he is of Ngāpuhi descent.

Arohanui Aperahama

Kaiwhakahaere Haumanu – Clinical Manager

Arohanui graduated with a bachelor of Health and Science in 2004. She has experience working with Waitemata DHB specialising in Māori Mental Health and as a Health Improvement Nurse(HIP) in the Far North. Since moving back to Tāmaki-Makaurau in 2022, Arohanui has worked with multiple Kaupapa Māori NGO. She feels she has an understanding of what is precious and healing for our people which fuels her passion in the Mental Health Sector. Arohanui traces her whakapapa back to the Waikato.

"ki te kahore he whakakitenga ka ngaro te iwi"

Team Leads

Maea Sefuiva

Ngā Parirau

Maea has previously worked with Whītiki Maurea Māori Mental Health and also with the smokefree team as a smoke free practitioner for 7 years. She is in charge of our community team, Ngā Parirau in terms of leadership, planning, organizing and monitoring the delivery of outcomes. Maea is of Ngāpuhi descent, from Utakura.

Sarah Fawcett

Hinepiripiri

Sarah Fawcett is passionate about working front-line in the community but also enjoys applied research. She holds a Bachelors of Health Science and PGCert in Mental Health and Addictions and has recently completed her Masters degree in Social Work. Sarah has other qualifications in Māori, Mahi Ora, elderly and palliative care and is currently managing our Hinepiripiri and Marangatahi whare. Sarah has Middle Eastern and European ancestry.

"whaowhia te kete mātauranga

Admin

Alysha Lloydd-Pivac

Senior Admin

Alysha has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, Employment Relations and Organizational Studies. Alysha, who descends from Ngāi Takato and Ngāpuhi, assist with ensuring everything is operating smoothly from behind the scenes.

Hohaia Hakaraia

Ringa Hāpai

Hohaia is of Ngā Puhi and Tainui descent. He is the co-founder and cultural advisor of Ngā Otinga an organisation that delivers Te Reo Māori classes and creates and facilitates tikanga Māori workshops and wānanga. In the Trust he ensures our Residential and Social Housing properties are maintained.

 

"Awhi mai, Awhi atu"

Awhi Ora - Community Mobile Team

Cecilia Darling

Kaimahi

Cecilia Darling was a qualified baker by trade and worked in the food retail industry before a change of career two years ago to mental health as Te Kōtuku’s receptionist, house leader and administrator. Cecilia is currently guiding our Awhi Ora programme. Cecilia grew up in Avondale, Auckland and is of Samoan ancestry.

Kasey Cash

Kaimahi

Kasey traces her whakapapa back to Te Rarawa and is on her te reo journey. She comes from a diverse working background. From hairdressing to manufacturing, only to find her place here in the mental health sector. She is passionate about walking alongside, supporting, encouraging and uplifting our Whaiora where she can make a positive difference in their lives. She holds a level 6 diploma in Māori Mental Health & Addictions and is apart of our Ngā Parirau and Awhi Ora Team.

"Pūrerehua rere runga hau, pāpaki parirau rere runga e"

Ngā Parirau - Community Mobile Team

Anita Adams

Kaimahi

Anita Adams is of Ngāti Maniapoto. She had previously worked in the Healthcare sector in Australia but has moved back to NZ. She holds National Certificates in Community Support (Residential Service) and Community Support Services Care Compliance.

Heta Hakaraia

Kaimahi

Heta is a married man of 38 years and of Ngāpuhi decent. He has worked in construction, ship engineering and spent 30 years as a dedicated broilermaker by trade. Unexpectedly a close friend of his had “hit rock bottom” and was severely struggling with his mental health. Heta committed to standing by his side while he went through his healing journey which in turn, ignited a passion inside that would lead him to a career change and into the mental health sector. He now assists with Tangata whaiora to co-engineer frameworks of support.

Adrian Gardugye

Kaimahi

Adrian has extensive experience working as a nurse in the Philippines. He is responsible for the medication management administered to our Whai Ora.

Tania McPherson

Kaimahi

Tania McPherson is of  Te Rarawa descent. She has a strong tikanga Māori background and has a history of proving peer support and implementing kaupapa Māori practices within services. Tania has her NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing focused on social and community services. She will be working with our community based Whaiora.

"Marangatahi tātou e ngā iwi, mā te kōtuku tātou e kawe ki te ōranga"

Marangatahi

Anthony Iwan

Marangatahi

Anthony “Tony” Iwan has worked with Tāngata Whaiora for many years in the west Auckland area and is responsible for supporting our tāne in the community. Tony is a true westie of Pākēhā Polish heritage and is currently managing our Marangatahi whare.

Alex John

Kaimahi

Alex John is a qualified chef and has been working in social services for nearly 5 years. He is of Indian ancestry. Alex is currently studying toward his Bachelor of Social Practice (Bi-cultural Studies).  Alex works at Marangatahi.

Callum Selby

Kaimahi

Callum Selby is of Ngāti Whātua and holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics and minoring in Psychology.  He works at Marangatahi.

Neville Toura

Kaimahi

Neville is of Te Ati Haunui-a-Pāpārangi. He holds a Level 4 National Certificate in Mental Health Support Work and has had previous experience in the sector.

"Hinepiripiri kapohia, mā te kōtuku tātou e kawe ki te ōranga"

Hinepiripiri

Donna Apanui-Walsh

Kaimahi

Donna Apanui-Walsh is of Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Maru descent, and was raised in Te Atatū North, Pt Chevalier and Te Araroa. Donna has been with the company for 21 years and is currently pursuing Nursing studies full-time. Donna holds her NZ Diploma in Kaupapa Māori Public Health and is a graduate of the Māori leadership program for Māori in public health.

Sammie Zhou

Kaimahi

Sammie has her Level 4 in Mental Health. She comes from a hospitality background and is a qualified Chef. In 2009 Sammie made the move from China to Aotearoa and changed careers, she loves having the opportunity to support people. She works out of our Hinepiripiri whare.

Eleanor Hugill

Kaimahi

Tracey Knight

Kaimahi

​Tracey has a Certificate in Mental Health and Addictions from Northland Polytechnic. She has had previous experience working as a Support Worker, Secretary/Administration and working with Animal Welfare.

Madhu Karan

Kaimahi

Madhu holds her Level 4 in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced support). She is apart of our Respite Team.

George Abraham

Kaimahi

​George has certificate in Mental Health and a bachelors of Chemistry, Physics and Math. He currently works within our Respite facility.

Maddison Coleman

Kaimahi

​Maddison has had previous experience as a support worker. She holds a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree with Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology as her major from the University of Auckland.