"Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, ēngari i te toa takitini"


Kristan MacDonald

Chief Executive Officer

Kris@tekotuku.co.nz. 021 678-929

Kristan MacDonald has had a long career in health, education and Māori development. He has worked in senior management roles in policy, health services, funding and planning, primary and secondary care and Māori health. He spent ten years with the Ministry of Education before taking a role as his iwi’s CEO for three years. Kris has also served on the Māori Statutory Board of Auckland Council and is a director of Northland Inc, the Economic Development Agency of Te Tai-Tokerau. He is also a contractor to the University of Auckland’s Business School. Kris is of Ngātiwai, Te Rarawa, Rangitāne, Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Kahungunu and is also chair of his marae, Te Whānau ā Rangiwhakaahu in Matapōuri Bay, Northland.

Natalia Kaihau

Service Manager

Registered Social Worker

Natalia Kaihau is of Ngāti Te Ata and Ngāti Whātua. She is Te Kōtuku’s 2IC and manages all the operations of our services, residential sites and inter-relationship will clinical teams. Apart from being a qualified social worker, Natalia has had over a decade of senior management experience with a background in strategic planning, finance, banking and business. She is currently studying for her MBA at Waikato University.

Tina Fong

Finance Manager

A Chartered Accountant, Tina heads the Trust’s finance department. Her vital responsibilities include the preparation of the Trust’s books and records for each years financial audit, overseeing the Trust’s financial instrument placements and ensuring that all accounts receivables and payables are all taken cared of.

Cecilia Darling

Service Support Administrator 

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 grew up in Avondale, Auckland and is of Samoan ancestry.

Alysha Lloydd-Pivac

Service Support Administratior

Alysha is of Ngāi Takato, Ngā Puhi and Tainui. She has a BA majoring in Criminology, Employment Relations and Organisational Studies.

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

Ngā Parirau - Community Mobile Team

Natalia Kaihau

Ngā Parirau – Manager

Registered Social Worker

Although Natalia is 2IC and head of operations, she is also in charge of Ngā Parirau in terms of leadership, planning, organising and monitoring delivery of outcomes.

Henri Lyden

Ngā Parirau Support Worker – Kaimahi

Registered Social Worker

Henri Lyden is Ngāpuhi and Tuhoe. He works with the community Tangata Whaiora.

Sarah Fawcett

Ngā Parirau Support Worker – Kaimahi

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. Sarah has other qualifications in Māori, Mahi Ora, elderly and palliative care.  Sarah has Irish, English and Greek ancestry.

Navdeep Kumar

Ngā Parirau Support Worker – Kaimahi

Navdeep “Navi” Kumar works with Tāngata Whaiora post acute admission to ensure there is integration from secondary services into the community and therefore is based at Moko Services, Waitematā DHB and at our offices. Navi holds a Diploma in Health Services, a Diploma in Computer Science and grew up in India.

Candis Brockie

Ngā Parirau Support Worker – Kaimahi

Candis is of Ngāti Wai. She has just completed her Level 4 Certificate in Mental Health & Addiction.

Anita Adams

Ngā Parirau Support Worker – 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.

Te Tira Haumaru

Kasey Cash

Receptionist and Te Tira Haumaru 

Kasey is of Te Rarawa iwi. Having previously worked in the manufacturing sector, she brings a lot of energy in her new role with the Trust.

John Young

Respite – Kaimahi

​John has a background in peer support and is of Ngāti Rārua and Te Atiawa iwi. 

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


Erana Tupe

Marangatahi – Team Leader

Registered Social Worker

Erana Tupe has been a registered social worker for ten years and has worked in a variety of health settings. She is Ngāti Rangiwewehi of Te Arawa and Ngāpuhi. Erana manages our Adult Respite home at Bodi Place in Te Atatū South.

Anthony Iwan

Marangatahi – Kaimahi

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.

Alex John

Marangatahi – 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

Marangatahi – Kaimahi

Callum Selby is of Ngāti Whātua and is studying toward his Bachelor of Arts: Psychology and Policy.  He works at Marangatahi.

Neville Toura

Marangatahi – 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.

Jobin Jacob

Marangatahi – Kaimahi

Jobin has completed his tohu on Manaaki Tangata Certificate in Bicultural Social Services (Level 4). He is from Kerala, India and is of Indian descent.

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


Donna Apanui-Walsh

Hinepiripiri – Team Leader

Donna Apanui-Walsh was raised in Te Atatū North and knows the west Auckland community well. She manages the Hinepiripiri residence. Donna is Ngāti Porou.

Patricia Nicholls

Hinepiripiri – Kaimahi

Registered Social Worker

Patricia Nicholls is of Te Rarawa and Ngāti Tamaterā and is a registered social worker. She has worked for the trust for over 14 years after a career in the military. She is currently working at Hinepiripiri.

Rasela Tima

Hinepiripiri – Kaimahi

Rasela Tima is Samoan and has worked in community mental health for five years. Rasela is studying toward her Bachelor of Social Practice (Bi-cultural studies). She currently supports our wāhine at the Hinepiripiri residence.

Shelley Fonua

Hinepiripiri – Kaimahi

Shelley Fonua has been a kaimahi in social services for the past five years. She currently works at Hinepiripiri. Shelley is of Tongan ancestry.

Sammie Zhou

Hinepiripiri – Kaimahi

Sammie works out of the Trust’s wahine whare Hinepiripiri.

Meera Patel

Hinepiripiri – Kaimahi

Meera is of Indian descent and works out of the Trust’s wahine whare Hinepiripiri.

Poipoia te kākano, kia puāwai.

Planned Adult Respite

Kathy Beazley

Planned Adult Respite – Team Leader

Registered Social Worker

Kathy Beasley was brought up in Te Atatū North and is of Ngāpuhi. As a registered social worker Kathy has worked in various fields of practice, children, youth and whānau in the west and central Auckland communities. Kathy currently manages our Planned Adult Respite whare.

Natalie Copestake

Respite – Kaimahi

Natalie Copestake is qualified in the health, disability and aged care sector. Natalie has Pākēhā and Fijian ancestry.

Anthony Bien

Respite – Kaimahi

Anthony Bien was a Registered Nurse in his homeland in the Philippines and has worked in mental health for the last five years since immigrating. Anthony is currently working at Adult Respite.

Tracey Knight

Respite – 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.

George Abraham

Respite – Kaimahi

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

Maddison Coleman

Respite – 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.

Simon Williamson

Respite – Kaimahi

Simon has had previous work experience with Workwise as an Employment Consultant and with Pathways as a Residential Support Worker. He will be working out of our Planned Adult Respite site. He is of Pākehā descent.