You can find the contact details for our kaimahi on our Contacts Page. Below you can find out more about our talented team of kaiārahi and kaimahi.
General Manager, Jacqui Forbes
Project Administrator, Claudine Waitere
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
Ruatāhuna, Paratene Ripia
Ruapehu, Amoa Crossan
Te Upoko o te Ika, Te Kawa Robb
Tūranganui-a-Kiwa, Pania Ruakere
Manawatū, Whanganui, Aroha Beckham
Tuwharetoa, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Whakarewa i te reo ki Tūwharetoa
Waikato, Maniapoto, Hauraki, Raukawa, Hemi Peke
Te Arawa, Harina Rupapera
Whakatāne, Krishna Smith
Tauranga Moana, Shirley Simmonds
Waikato, Hapori, Paul Murray
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!
Tainui te waka
Karioi te maunga.
Ko Whaingaroa raua ko Aotea oku moana.
Ngati Mahanga Hourua ki Uta Ngati Te Wehi ki Tai oku karangatanga
Rire rire hau Pai Marire
It is my honour and privilege to be working as project administrator for Para Kore. My passions are Reo Maori me ona Tikanga.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ko Maungapōhatu te maunga, ko Ōhinemataroa te awa, ko Tūhoe te iwi, ko Ruatāhuna 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.
Kia ora my name is Amoa Hawira, I live in Raetihi with my Partner TeMaire Hawira and 3 girls Ella, Malena and Kyla. I whakapapa to Ngāti Tūwharetoa 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.
Te Kawa Robb
Te Kawa Tangata Robb (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Ranginui) 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!
He uri ahau no Taranaki me Ngāti Takitumu – Rarotonga. E noho ana ahau ki raro i te maru o ngā kahui maunga o Turanganui- a-Kiwa. Tēnā koutou katoa. I live in Manutuke with my husband’s whanau and our son Puati. People of Tūranga 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 Māori me ōna 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 rāua ko Papa me a rāua taonga tuku iho.
Ko Kai Tahu rāua ko Ngā Puhi ngā iwi o tōku ūkaipō. Ko Tūwharetoa rāua ko Whanganui ngā iwi ō tōku matua. He tamaiti tēnei o tō tātou Awa Tupua, ko Whanganui tērā.
I am very excited to be starting this journey with the Para Kore whānau. I have an extremely diverse background and the one commonality in all the roles I have been involved in through my lifetime, eventually lead back to the holistic wellness of individuals, whānau, hapū, iwi, and our environment – Te Tai Ao.
Here in Whanganui we understand the health and well-being of our awa and the health and well-being of us as a people, go hand in hand. They are a direct reflection of each other, one cannot be without the other. Hence the whakatauki, “Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au.” This whakatauki is part of the reason I chose at the start of this year to trial a ‘zero-trash’ lifestyle. It has been an interesting few months, not without challenge – and I believe being part of Para Kore can only enhance this way of life!
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Whakarewa i te reo ki Tūwharetoa
Ko ngā maunga kōutuutu ngā maunga
Ko Tauhara, ko Tongariro rātou ko Pihanga
Ko Taupō-nui-a-Tia te moana
Ko Te Arawa te waka
Ko Ngāti Tūwharetoa te iwi
Ko Te Heu Heu te tangata
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Whakarewa i te reo ki Tūwharetoa is situated on the northern side of Lake Taupō, and was established in 1989. We have a roll of 90 tauira from 55 whānau aged between 5 and 18 years old whom are taught under the philosophies of Te Aho Matua, Poutiria te Aroha and our own curriculum, Taupō Moana in which Kaitiakitanga is a key component. Our kura and whānau are very proactive in caring for the spiritual and physical health of the land and waterways within our rohe whilst being aware of the benefits and impacts on the wellbeing of not only ourselves but also the people, land and waterways of neighbouring rohe and the motu. We are excited to work together with whānau, marae, hapū, iwi and the wider community to learn, share, and care for our environment.
"Ko au te taiao, ko te taiao ko au"
“He aha te mea nui o tēnei āo, ko te āo”
No Ngāti Hauā, Ngāti Tamaterā, Te Rarawa
Ko Ngāti Te Oro me Ngāti Tāwhaki ngā hapū
Ko Moehau me Maungatautari ngā maunga
Ko Waikato me Ohinemuri ngā awa
Ko Raungaiti me Te Pai o Hauraki ngā marae
He mokopuna o te aho matua, he tamaiti o te taiāo, Tihēi ki te whai āo, tihēi ki te taiāo.
Tēnā tātou, he uri tēnei nō Te Arawa, Tainui, Taranaki Mounga, Ngāti Whitikaupeka, Ngāti Kahu, otirā ngā hau angiangi o Tāwhirimātea. E kaingakaunui ana au ki ngā mahi kaitiakitanga. Ko te whenua, ko au. Ko te awa, ko au. Ki ahau, me tū rangatira tātou i roto i tō tātou ake tino rangatiratanga. “Waiho a miro mō muri”. Whakaora i te reo me ō tātou tikanga. Me whai huarahi, rautaki hoki ki te tiaki i a Papatūānuku. Ki te kore ia, ka kore hoki tātou. Mā te mātauranga Māori me te mana Māori motuhake tātou e kawe.
Tēnā tātau ngā uri o Papatūānuku,
E mihi ana tēnei karoro-inu-tai i ngā tāhuna o te Moana-nui-a-Toi. Kei Ohope te tūhunga.
I have lived in the Whakatāne region for nearly a decade since moving to the Bay of Plenty from Whāingaroa/ Raglan, the birthplace of Para Kore. Now, I am honoured to part of this thriving nationwide movement towards a waste-free Aotearoa. If you live in the Whakatāne region and would like to know how Para Kore can enhance your marae/ work place/ organisation, let me know. I’m looking forward to meeting you. Mauriora!
Tēnā tātou katoa, ko Raukawa te iwi, Ngāti Huri te hapū, ko Pikitū te marae. He uri hoki nō Ngā Puhi. I am a mother to two young sons, Tamihana and Raukawa and we have just moved to Tauranga Moana where I've taken up the role of kaiārahi for Para Kore.
I am a keen gardener, and love how the garden helps fulfill our role as kaitiaki and kaimanaaki. We have a strong whānau focus on both strengthening our reo, and to moving towards more sustainable living.
I'm passionate about finding ways to reduce our impact on Papatūānuku, and looking forward to working with whānau and marae in the Tauranga rohe.
Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa.