• Board Members

    • Tracey McIntosh

      Board Member

      Bio

      Tracey McIntosh

      Board Member

      Tracey McIntosh (Tūhoe) is a Professor of indigenous studies and co-head of Te Wānanga o Waipapa (School of Māori Studies and Pacific Studies) at the University of Auckland. She was a recent co-director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence. Her recent research focused on incarceration (particularly of Māori and indigenous peoples) and issues pertaining to poverty, inequality and social justice. She is the co-editor of AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples.

    • Tony Tumai

      Board Member

      Bio

      Tony Tumai

      Board Member

      Tony brings the value of an extensive career with the new Zealand Police and is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Edmund Hillary School. Tony’s previous governance experience includes roles as a past board member of Papakura Marae, director of Kotahitanga Limited, member of Whaitaki Charitable Trust, Kotahi Adventures and Paehere Whakatau.

    • Stephen McKernon

      Board Member

      Bio

      Stephen McKernon

      Board Member

      Stephen is a service designer by profession and currently works in a lead role at Auckland Council. He has collaborated in service innovation programmes for over three decades and across a range of sectors including the telecommunications, health and building sectors. He is among New Zealand's first professional service designers and has a strong interest in co-designing services with the people that use them as one key way of achieving long-term, sustainable change.

    • Richard Barnett

      Board Member

  • Leadership

    • Tui Ah Loo

      Founder

      Bio

      Tui Ah Loo

      Founder

      Accomplished professional with extensive experience in the public, not for profit and tertiary education sector. Experienced Chief Executive with an extensive background in governance and strategic leadership. Strong background in leading and managing kaupapa Maori projects from inception, development through to implementation. Highly developed leadership skills and communication talents. Strength in forging strong relationships with key decision makers and influential people. Currently chair of Unitec Institute of Technology Runanga and member of the Auckland City District Police Maori Advisory Taumata. Tui hails from Ngati Porou and Tuhoe.

    • Te Puea Winiata

      Founder

      Bio

      Te Puea Winiata

      Founder

      Te Puea Winiata is of Ngati Ranginui descent with Tainui affiliations and was brought up in a single parent family of five children in South Auckland.

      Te Puea trained as an Addictions Counsellor and later as a Care and Protection Social Worker to move into a role of Senior Social Work Competency Practitioner before moving into management about 25 years ago. She managed Community Alcohol and Drug services including a methadone service in South Auckland for Waitemata Health. While there she led the development of a kaupapa Maori Addiction service, Te Atea Marino.

      Working in the Ministry of Health as a Senior Analyst for 3 years and then returning to the mental health and addictions sector, she also managed a number of regional mental health and addictions workforce development initiatives and involved in national scholarship programmes.

      Te Puea has been involved in Te Rau Matatini from its inception and is currently the Chair of Te Rau Matatini Company Board of Directors– the national Maori Mental Health and Addictions Workforce Development Centre. She is also community representative on two committees for the Royal Australasian College of Psychiatrists and has a passion for increasing access for whanau to quality primary mental health services.

      Moving into Primary Care in 2009 as a private consultant, she was appointed to CEO of Turuki Health Care in 2010 which is an NGO providing integrated health and social services to people and their families in South Auckland. Turuki has its own Pharmacy and opened a new GP clinic in Panmure which delivers satellite services at Ruapotaka Marae.

      Along with PARS CEO Tui Ah Loo, together they were successful in their application to Foundation North to develop services for those who have been incarcerated and their whanau. The focus is not only to help individuals, but has a specific focus on tamariki to stop the cycle of intergenerational incarceration.

  • Te Ira PARS

    • Lesley Molia

      Kai Hautu

      Bio

      Lesley Molia

      Kai Hautu

      Lesley is passionate about and has an extensive background in working with young people and their whānau. Lesley sat on the Porirua Council’s Youth Advisory Group, was one of the founding members of the Midnight Express initiative – a Pilot Programme supporting young people on the streets of Porirua, worked closely with Porirua City Council providing youth programmes and initiatives through her role as Youth Worker for Hope City Church, worked closely with Porirua Police and Porirua Community Guardians, and worked at Pacific Health Services – Porirua as their Youth Social Worker.

      Lesley is a qualified Social Worker and has been a reintegration champion for those incarcerated through her role at PARS and is now the Kai Hautu (Service Leader) for Te Ira.

    • Dorice Nandlal

      Kai Raranga

      Bio

      Dorice Nandlal

      Kai Raranga

      Dorice’s passion for helping Rangatahi was heightened after identifying deficits in Primary and Intermediate education. Dorice comes with a varied background ranging from Filing Clerk, Telemarketing, Health, Adult Literacy and Numeracy, Maori Workforce Development and Auahi Kore. Dorice is now a Kai Raranga at Te Ira and is able to share her knowledge and experience to support whānau drawing on Te Ao me ona Tikanga Maori.

    • Li Ilolahia

      Kai Raranga

  • Te Ira Turuki

    • Traceyanne Herewini

      Project Manager

      Bio

      Traceyanne Herewini

      Project Manager

      Traceyanne’s passion is for all, especially Maaori and Pasifika, to realise their potential in Education, Health and Employment. Traceyanne believes we can achieve this by finding creative and new ways of interrupting intergenerational inequities of incarceration through developing new systems and processes in scientific, cultural and holistic methods that benefit all. Traceyanne welcomes the opportunity to contribute to this precious work for future generations.

    • Hikuwai Winiata-Kelly

      Kai Raranga

      Bio

      Hikuwai Winiata-Kelly

      Kai Raranga

      Hikuwai comes from a whānau passionate about creating better outcomes for our people and community, so this mahi is in her blood! Hikuwai is the very proud mother of one son- who is her life! Hikuwai respects the journey everyone has walked before they enter our doors. Everyone has a story that can’t be seen with the naked eye. Hikuwai looks to empower our whānau to use their experience and journey to push through and achieve their biggest dreams. Anything is possible. Hikuwai feels privileged to do this mahi and is thankful for getting to witness amazing changes, stories and people.

    • Solomone Lavemai

      Kai Raranga

      Bio

      Solomone Lavemai

      Kai Raranga

      Solomone is very passionate about our youth especially those that are disadvantaged. In the last two years Solomone has been working at Turuki Health Care in the school-based health team, helping kids and whānau manage a wide range of health and social issues. Solomone loves interacting with the kids and seeing them grow and improve their wellbeing through the resources and knowledge that he is able to share with them.

Referral

Te Ira works with whānau in the Auckland area. If you would like to refer a whānau to us, please head over to our Contact Us page for contact details.