Our organisation is governed by our board. We currently have eight board members who meet every month via Skype. The board volunteers their time to the kaupapa. 

Chair Person, Honiana Love
Board Member, Tina Ngata
Board Member, Rawinia Leatherby
Board Member, Tania Wells
Board Member, Jaroz Popata
Board Member, Kieren Hewitson
Board Member, Kaye-Maree Dunn
Board Member, Korty Wilson
Board Member, Jenny Nelson-Smith

Chair Person

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Honiana Love

Ko Te Ātiawa, ko Taranaki Iwi, ko Ngāti Ruanui, ko Ngā Ruahinerangi ngā iwi. 

Honiana is currently on secondment to Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision from her position as Senior Advisor, Māori at Manatū Taonga, Ministry for Culture and Heritage. She has over 20 years experience working in libraries, archives and with iwi. Honiana is passionate about connecting people with their tūpuna and taongaB

Board Member: Te Tai Rāwhiti

Tina Ngata

Tina Ngata

Tina delivers marae based pre-degree and degree level education in indigenous environmental issues for Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. Tina works in a number of local environmental initiatives relating to waste minimisation and freshwater quality, is chairperson of Para Kore, and mentors Māori youth in the field of conservation and waste management. She has a particular passion for transformative indigenous education. As of 2014 Tina committed to a personal plastic purchasing ban which she blogs about as The Non-Plastic Māori. 

Board Member: Taranaki

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Rawinia Leatherby

Ko Rawinia Leatherby taku ingoa, ko Te Atiawa, ko Taranaki, ko Ngā Ruahine me Ngati Toa Rangatira oku Iwi. Rawinia is a Health Promotion Manager within the Public Health Unit, Taranaki District Health Board.  Rawinia was one of two Taranaki representatives who attended the 2011 Marae Para Kore national hui and worked alongside Jacqui Forbes to implement 2013 activities – Taranaki whanui now has thirteen Marae Para Kore.   Rawinia’s has been involved in Iwi Settlement development, is currently active Papakainga Trustee and Chair of Marae Committee.  


Board Member 


Tania Wells 

I have recently returned from Perth, Australia where I worked for 10 years as a Waste Education Coordinator for the Eastern Metro Regional Council. During that time I was involved in a number of new and exciting projects to turn waste back into a resource. This included starting a household battery recycling programme in schools, establishing recycling drop off hubs at local shopping centres, running training courses that encouraged communities to reduce the waste being created and running tours of the local landfill facility and onsite education centre….it’s pretty cool to see what can be done with the stuff that people throw away. I live in Turangi on the shores of beautiful Lake Taupō and work for Te Papa Atawhai (DOC). For me the most exciting part of being involved in Para Kore is giving our people the knowledge and tools to make a positive change on the Marae and at home.

Board Member: Te Hiku o Te Ika


Jaroz Popata

Ko Ngāti Kahu, Nga Puhi, Ngai Tai ki Tamaki oku iwi

Ko Kohukohunui te Maunga

Ko Wairoa te Awa
Ko Maraetai te Moana
Ko Tainui te Waka
Ko Ngai Tai te Iwi
Ko Umupuia te Marae
Ko Ngeungeu te Whare Tupuna
Ko Tara Te Irirangi te Ariki ki runga
Ko Raukohekohe te Whare kai
Ko Jaroz Popata taku ingoa
Greetings My name is Jaroz Popata, I live in Kaitaia where my husband hails from and where I also have hakapapa links. I have a love for Tangaroa via waka ama and kohikohi /ruku kaimoana, my latest experiment is with Holopuni or waka ulua using the power of Tawhirimatea. It's a blast! I can also be found in hapū kaitiakitanga matters for our people of Oturu Marae in Kaitaia, practicing and demonstrating kaitiaki in  Te Hiku via whānau, hapū, community, and businesses. I was a Para Kore kaimahi for Te Hiku and was reminded, that working with like-minded people is such a valuable taonga in any journey that we take when we set a course for holding on to taonga tuku iho. 


Board Member

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Kieran Hewitson

(Ngāti Porou me Te Whānau-a-Apanui)

Kieran works at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and before that was at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in Te Awamutu, where she held the position of Associate Kaihautū – Marautanga (Curriculum).

Passionate about education and Māori development, Ms Hewitson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board with almost 20 years in tertiary education. In particular, Kieran is passionate about Māori education and helping Māori to succeed as Māori. 

Board Member

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 Kaye-Maree Dunn

Kaye-Maree is an entrepreneur and Intentional Social Designer from Te Rarawa, Ngā Puhi, Ngāi Te Rangikoianaake, Ngāti Mahanga me Ngāi Tāmanuhiri and resides in Wainuiomata Wellington.  She is fascinated with family, community and technology and has been working in the realm of Maori and Community development for over 16 years. Kaye-Maree’s career has spanned Child Youth and Family, The Dept of Labour, The Māori Land Court, NZ Maori Tourism and Community Housing and has recently been involved in Social Enterprise Development and Whānau Ora Facilitation and Planning – particularly with hard to reach families. Kaye-Maree is the Director of Making Everything Achievable Limited and is a  Contracted Project Manager with Maori Womens Development Inc.   She is on the Board of Te PaepaeArahi, a Māori mental health provider in the Hutt Valley, North Hokianga Development Trust and Te Matapihi the National Peak Body on Maori Housing.  Kaye-Maree  was previously one of the Wellington Representatives on the New-Zealand Māori Council.

Quality Governance is a passion for Kaye-Maree ensuring that individuals have the right tools and support to govern their organisations with confidence and competence.  She has been working with a range of Rangatahi and Iwi groups with Te Whare Hukahuka for over the past 8 months and loves being involved lifting the transformative capability of Whanau,hapu and iwi led entities to actively contribute to the growth of NZ’s economic potential. Para Kore is an amazing kaupapa and Kaye-Maree feels very humbled to be part of a magnificent organisation.

Board Member


Korty Wilson

E uri a ngā tūpuna nei ā, Tamaupoko, Hinengākau, Tūpoho – Whanganui, Te Wainui-a-rua.
Rere atu ki Ngā Rauru Kītahi, whiti atu ki Ngā Wairiki - Ngāti Apa.
Topa atu au ki Mōkai Pātea – Ngāti Whitikaupeka.
Ka huri whakateraki, ki te tupuna kia Te Wharerangi, Tūwharetoa i puta mai ai te tupuna a te Māreikura.
Ka hoki mai ki te Kāhui Maungā ki Ngā Turi o Murimotu, te maunga tapu i puta mai ai Rangituhia, Rangiteauria me Uēnukumanawawiri.
Ko William Gardner Wilson rāua ko Whakaaronui Vera Māreikura hōku mātua.
Ko Whetūrautau (Korty) Wilson taku ingoa nei ra te mihi.

I hail from the foothills of Maunga Ruapehu born and raised under the mantle of my parents and grandparents.  I am the mother of two adult sons Hanify and Quade, the wife of a hardworking husband Gregory and nana to my two granddaughters Leah and Naomi  who are the apple of my eye.  

My paternal grandfather Te Rangitapu Wilson of Karioi was a market gardener and farmer, my father a bushman.  It was from an early age that an infinitely for the land and environment was instilled in me.

During my principalship at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngāti Rangi I was introduced to Te Kura Taiao – Te Aho Tū Roa, this philosophy made sense to me as it weaved together the strands of Te Aho Matua.  

I am an active member of Ngā Pou Taiao the environmental forum for Ngāti Rangi ki Ruapehu and in my most recent (September 2017) former position as Deputy Chair of Ngāti Rangi was involved in the re-licensing of RAL – Ruapehu Alpine Lifts.

As a portfolio on an iwi wide, hapu and marae basis the sharing of our iwi narrative I regards as a privileged responsible this explains the genesis of us of Ngāti Rangi – Whanganui.  Te Kāhui Maungā is a guardianship not to be taken lightly.  The taiao and its many facets need the time and care in order for our mokopuna to appreciate its importance.   

‘Me hoki ki tō maunga kia purea koe e ngā hau a Tāwhirimātea’.

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Jenny Nelson-Smith

Ko Ngātokimatawhaorua rātou ko Takitimu, ko Te Arawa ngā waka
Ko Ngāpuhi rātou ko Ngāti Kahungunu, ko Te Arawa ngā iwi.
Ko Waipukurau te kāinga ināianei.
Ko Jenny Nelson-Smith taku ingoa.