General Manager, Jacqui Forbes
Project Administrator, Karewa Hawkings 
Advisor Manager, Rachael Ruakere
Advisor Manager, Ngāti Kahungunu, Tyne Nelson
Marketing Manager, Urs Signer
Te Tai Rāwhiti, Pine Campbell
Taranaki, Emily Bailey
Te Hiku, Jared Hiakita
Ruatahuna, Paratene Ripia
Ruapehu, Amoa Crossan
Te Upoko o te Ika, Te Kawa Robb
Turanganui a Kiwa, Pania Ruakere
Waikato, Hauraki, Maniapoto, Raukawa, 
Chairperson, Tina Ngata
Board Member, Rawinia Leatherby
Board Member, Tania Wells
Board Member, Bronwyn Hunt
Board Member, Honiana Love
Board Member, Kieren Hewitson
Board Member, Kaye-Maree Dunn
Board Member, Korty Wilson

General Manager 


Jacqui Forbes

Jacqui (Ngā Ruahine) has been working at Xtreme Zero Waste in Whaingaroa (Raglan) for ten years, and with the Para Kore project since its inception in 2009. A community waste expert with a background in education, Jacqui is passionate about zero waste and excited to be a part of developing and delivering Para Kore. Having grown up in a home where conservation was highly regarded and consistently practised Jacqui doesn't like waste!

Project Administrator

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Karewa Hawkings

Ko Karioi te maunga.
Ko Ngāti Mahanga te iwi.
Ko Whaingaroa te moana.

Karewa is excited to be working as project administrator for Para Kore. 

Advisor Manager

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 Rachael Ruakere

Rachael and her whānau Te Para, Hiona, Waikawa and partner Jason live on their papakāinga at Puniho Pā. Rachael is passionate about building sustainable communities and connecting whānau back to the whenua. She worked for Para Kore as a Waste Advisor for Taranaki before having her pōtiki and is excited to be part of the team again. 

Advisor Manager and Kaiārahi: Ngāti Kahungunu

Tyne Nelson

Tyne Nelson

Tēnā koutou!

Ko Ruahine ngā maunga
Ko Tuki Tuki te awa
Ko Tākitimu te waka
Ko Ngāti Kahungunu me Ngā Puhi nga iwi
Ko Tyne-Marie Nelson tōku ingoa

I have been working with Kahungunu Iwi to reduce waste at their events since 2015 and am excited to join the Para Kore whānau and bring the kaupapa to our marae so that it starts to become the social norm within our rōpū. I'm working towards a Diploma in Environment and Sustainability and am a student of Rongoā Māori. I love being outdoors and eating good kai with whānau and friends. Generally I'm interested in all the different ways that we connect to the whenua and recycling is one of those ways - albeit not the most glamorous! I look forward to supporting whānau with the Para Kore kaupapa.

Marketing Manager

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Urs Signer

Urs lives in coastal Taranaki with Emily Bailey and their two children, Piriniki and Hoengārangi. He is a musician by trade and still performs with various bands. Urs has been politically involved since his teenage years in social and environmental activism. He is passionate about languages and dreams of sailing across the Pacific. For Para Kore, he manages our social media channels and works with journalists to get the word out about our Zero Waste kaupapa.

Kaiārahi: Te Tai Rāwhiti


Pine Campbell   

Pine (Ngāti Porou / Ngāti Kahungunu), one of the founders of Xtreme Waste has been involved in the world of resource recovery for 10 years. He is currently an Enviroschools facilitator, Te Ataarangi tutor and Para Kore Waste advisor. He has a research interest in te reo o te taiao and enjoys sharing his environmental experience and knowledge with marae.

Kaiārahi: Taranaki

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Emily Bailey

Ki runga, ki raro, ki roto, ki waho - rire rire hau, paimarire! My name is Emily Bailey (Taranaki whānui). I have both been active on environmental and social justice issues since my teenage years. I have lived in Taranaki for nine years and Iam involved in the Parihaka community and also started the group Climate Justice Taranaki. Sustainability, peace, mana motuhake and equality are ideas dear to my heart. Our whānau identifies with the Parihaka movement and the tikanga put in place by Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi. 'Para Kore' forms part of our lives and we I am stoked to be working alongside such awesome people in the quest for a just future for coming generations.

Te Hiku: Kaitaia

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Jared Hiakita

Tēnā rawa koutou. Ko te reo tēnei o Jared Hiakita e mihi kau atu ki te tī, ki te tā. Ahakoa e noho ana au ki runga i te hiku o te ika, nō Waimana kē. Nā konā, he uri tēnei o Tūhoe iwi, o Te Whakatāne hapū, o Tauanui marae. Otirā, ko Hokianga te wāhi e whakatipu ake ana i a au inaianei, nā reira me mihi ka tika ki te hiku o te ika.

I come from a backround in community development, education and arts. More recently I have moved my focus and energy to sustainable building. I am a passionate advocate for putting our planet first and am blessed to be a part of the Para Kore whānau.

Kaiārahi: Ruatahuna

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Paratene Ripia

Ko Maungapohatu te maunga, ko Ohinemataroa te awa, ko Tuhoe te iwi, ko Ruatahuna te  kāinga, Ko Paratene Ripia ahau. I am the Para Kore Waste Advisor for Ruatahuna however I can also provide the programme to nearby villages. I help Marae set up recycling plans for their Marae to lessen the use of the dreaded black bag. In Ruatahuna, we have a history and heritage of living off the land, but for the last 30-40 years we have been burning and burying waste. We are changing now and using better methods such as recycling. 

Kaiārahi: Ruapehu

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Amoa Crossan

Kia ora my name is Amoa Crossan,  I live in Raetihi with my Partner TeMaire Hawira and 3 girls Ella, Malena and Kyla. I whakapapa to Ngati Tuwharetoa and Uenuku.  I’m very excited about starting this new journey with Para Kore and can’t wait to start delivering this programme in the Ruapehu rohe. 

Kaiārahi: Te Upoko o te Ika

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Te Kawa Robb

Te Kawa Tangata Robb (Ngāti Awa) grew up on the wild south coast of Te Whanganui Ā Tara, developing a strong connection to the ocean and the natural environment from his parents. Te Kawa is passionate about Māori-led kaitiakitanga projects, and utilising his senior management and communication skills, supports the capacity building of a number of roopu around Aotearoa and the Pacific. He also works at Sustainable Coastlines as an Educator (Te Reo) and Event Manager, and he is currently studying Te Reo and a Bachelor of Environmental Management (Kaitiakitanga Pūtaiao) at The Wānanga o Raukawa. Te Kawa is thrilled to be working with Para Kore in Te Ūpoko ō te Ika. Mauri Ora!

Kaiārahi: Turanganui a Kiwa

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Pania Ruakere

He uri ahau no Taranaki me Ngati Takitumu – Rarotonga.  E noho ana ahau ki raro i te maru o nga kahui maunga o Turanganui- a-Kiwa. Tena  koutou katoa. I live in Manutuke with my husband’s whanau and our son Puati.  People of Turanga are caring, passionate and resourceful and blessed with a beautiful environment to care for. I look forward to sharing the Para Kore kaupapa at flaxroots and working with other advisors throughout the motu. It is good to see lots of locals, especially young people, concerned about the state of their lands and waters so the future is in good hands.

My background is in public health, health promotion, group fitness training and strategic planning and project management in the local government sector. I have a lifelong commitment to te reo Maori me ona tikanga.  I recently trained in sustainable horticulture, ran a small business delivering fresh produce and growing kai without any nasties.  Para Kore reflects my passion for Rangi raua ko Papa me a raua taonga tuku iho.


Chairperson: 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

Bronwyn Hunt

Bronwyn Hunt

Of Te Rarawa, Te Roroa, Ngati Whatua and Ngapuhi descent Bronwyn has over twenty five years’ experience working on behalf of her community in local government both as staff and as an elected member. Bronwyn currently is the Principal Advisor, Strategy Policy and Service Delivery with Te Runanga o Te Rarawa and manages the tiriti settlement, social service delivery in addition to working on behalf of other Te Hiku iwi on environmental and social projects. Her areas of expertise lie in community facility development, libraries and information services, tourism, environmental sustainability, life long learning, education, historical treaty settlement processes and the Resource Management Act from a cultural perspective. Bronwyn is holds a number of governance positions with community based organisations including Deputy Chair, Steering group for Reconnecting Northland, Director with CBEC, Trustee with the R Tucker Thompson Sail Training Trust, member Para Kore and Northland Conservation Board. Outside of her work commitments Bronwyn is a practicing Independent Hearings Commissioner. An avid sailor, gardener and recent convert to the benefits of adult colouring books Bronwyn is also a proud nana to four mokopuna.

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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 taonga.

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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. 

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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’.