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


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


Alysha Lloydd-Pivac

Manager, Property Services & Administration

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


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


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.

Adrian Gardugye


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


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"


Anthony Iwan


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.

Callum Selby


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


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"


Donna Apanui-Walsh


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.

Eleanor Hugill


Tracey Knight


​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


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

George Abraham


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