Damon Odey. Chairperson.
Damon is of Ngāti Mutunga decent and was raised here in the Timaru
Rohe.Damon has been in management and governance roles for the last two
decades, working in the Not for Proﬁt sector, commercial companies and
Local Government, including Council Controlled Organisations and sub-
He has Diplomas in Business Management and Human Resource Man-
agement and is a member of the Institute of Directors NZ.
Damon served one term as a Councillor and Chair of Community Devel-
opment Committee for the Timaru District Council and two terms as Mayor
of the Timaru District Council.
He has held other governance roles across a diverse range of entities,
such as the Deputy Chair of the Canterbury Mayoral Forum, Founding
Trustee on the Aoraki Foundation, a crown appointee on the Digital Econ-
omy and Digital Inclusion Ministerial Advisory Group and has past and cur-
rent directorships on private commercial entities and joint venture boards.
Heni Martin. Treasurer.
Heni is of Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki and Tuhoe descent.
Heni originally became interested in Te Aitarakihi’s Board of Trustees mainly for personal development of her taha Māori . Following the resignation of the Board’s Treasurer, she became the interim Treasurer until the next Annual General Meeting when nominations were selected.
Heni has over 40 years financial experience and currently works for a Chartered Accountant in Timaru.
To develop her taha Māori, Heni has completed various Te Reo, Raranga and Karanga wānanga and regularly attends Te Aitarakihi’s Kapahaka roopu and recently was with the roopu at the 2018 Waitaha Regionals.
Arahia is of Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Raukawa descent and has been a trustee with Te Aitarakihi Trust Inc. Board for two terms. She is also on the He Manu Hou Trust Board as well (Early Childhood Centre located on the Te Aitarakihi Multicultural Centre site).
Arahia works at Timaru Women’s Refuge as a Case Worker and Tamariki Facilitator.
Arahia has lived in Timaru all her life. Her parents took care of the Social Welfare Foster home all through her childhood and has been part of the Te Aitarakihi community from its inception 30 years ago. She loves being part of this community and is excited to see Te Aitarakihi continue to grow and become a thriving Centre for all cultures and iwi for years to come.
Murray wears many ‘hats’ and has experience across a wide range of business sectors. He is a specialist in governance, economic development and change management.
Murray established his first business at 20 years of age and was the 2007 winner of the New Zealand Vero Business Excellence Support Awards in the Individual Category.
He is a Fellow of New Zealand Institute of Management, a Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and a life member of South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce.
He has a MBA through Massey University, is Past Chairman of both the Economic Development Association of New Zealand, and of Escalator (a Government capital raising scheme); is a founding director of BIZ Networks Ltd and past Director of NZ Chambers of Commerce.
Murray is currently chair of multiple companies and director of several businesses and was a past Chair of Warbirds Over Wanaka where he served 7 years.
In 2014 he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to business and the community.
Tēnā koutou katoa. He uri ahau nō Ngāi Tahu, Te Atihaunui-a-Papārangi, Ngāti Rangi. He mokopuna ahau o te whānau Tau (Briggs) me Tuatini-Taiaroa. I whakatipu ahau I Ohinehou ki Whakaraupo. Ko Ninon tōku whaiāipo. Ko Mekura rāua ko Malia aku tamariki. Ko Joseph Tyro tōku ingoa.
Kia ora koutou, my name is Joseph Tyro and I was raised in Ohinehou (Lyttelton), a small port town close to my grandfather’s papakāinga te hāpu o Ngāti Wheke. I currently work as Director Māori Health for the South Canterbury District Health Board, where I have been employed for the past 3 years. I am a registered social worker and have worked in the health, education and social service sector for the past 23 years. My interests include sports, whānau/community development and service to the community. Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tatou katoa.
I have been privileged to be part of Te Aitarakihi for many years serving alongside Koro Bruce Wikitoa and Matua Dan de Har, currently I am on the board representing the Taumata roopu.
I’ve been involved in various community groups, Aoraki Community Care Trust, Homicide and Victim Support, Rugby and Rugby League.
In 1986 we had one of the Family Homes in Timaru, where I met some great young folk, I then moved into working with the youth before becoming a Mental Health Community Worker.
I am now retired and find my life just as busy.
I have 6 awesome children, 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren I count myself extremely fortunate.
I also take part of Te Aitarakihi Kapahaka roopu, serving as secretary.
I enjoy being part of the kitchen crew where the laughter is all uplifting
Naresha Renee Waa.
My relationship with Te Aitarakihi begins at my first initial connection to the Marae at thirteen years old with joining the Te Aitarakihi adult kapa haka group. Over the last 27years I have volunteered many hours supporting and upholding tikanga for various tangihanga, powhiri and marae events. This has also given me the privilege to build many strong relationships within our Te Aitarakihi community. I am Pāhekā, raised as a whangai within a local Māori family in South Canterbury. Being raised locally within the Māori community has also allowed me to form very strong realtionships with Mana whenua of Arowhenua. I have been grateful to have Arowhenua support to deliver Māori content with the Kāti Huirapa region. Selected by Te Rūnako Arowhenua to deliver Te Ahu Te Reo through Ngāi Tahu in 2019. I also hold endorsments from key leadership within Arowhenua. I recently gained the support of the Rūnaka executive in establishing our own business in local Māori professional development
Hinemoa Wheto McMahon.
I was born in Rosebud, Victoria, Australia and my early years were spent in Australia, Fiji and New Zealand.
My whakapapa on my mothers side is Taranaki and Ngāi Tahu and my father is Scottish/English.
I attended the International School in Fiji and later Sacred Heart and Roncalli College in Timaru. I joined the NZ Police Force 11 years ago and am trained in Police Negotiations and Community and Youth Aid.
My passion is Crossfit. I compete and train others to help them reach their goals, realise their potential and go beyond what they thought they were capable of.
I am a person who has a strong commitment to supporting others less fortunate than myself, striving for equal opportunities for all, regardless of their cultural, ethnic or socio-economic status.
I am a Nurse Practitioner (matanga tapuhi) and own the Pleasant Point Health Center with my husband Darcy. We bought this in 2014. This is the first Nurse Practitioner owned and led General Practice in New Zealand. We have the highest percentage of Maori patients in STH Canterbury, despite being one of the smallest General Practice.
We have lived in South Canterbury for the past 12 years.
I was a board member on the NZ Rural General Practice Network Board for 6 years.
I am currently in my second term as a Ministry appointed Nurse member on the Nursing Council of New Zealand Board. Recently I was elected as lnterim Deputy Chair. This was after a decision to have Maori in one of the two roles (chair/ deputy chair) to better reflect out commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi partnerships. As part of these two boards I have attended many board training hui.
I have developed rich friendships with many of the people of Te Aitarakihi, and through the Maori Navigate program become more involved with the organisation.
Currently Darcy and I a learning Te Reo here, which has been an amazing experience! Te Aitarakihi FEELS alike whanau, and as a Maori wahine not from here Matawaka is fitting, and for which I am grateful.
Ko Raumiria Mohi-Henare toku ingoa, he uri ahau no Te Arawa raua ko Ngai Tai, Tokotoru waku tamariki e kura ai tonu I te rohe nei.
Qualified by experience and certificates in Tua whakarere o taku Ipukarea, Hospitality & Tourism, Adventure Tourism, Silviculture and small business management.
I moved from Rotorua to Timaru mid 2017. I am currently involved with Kia Tika te Ara teaching Te Reo classes for the community and delivering Maori Professional Development with culture awareness to Organisations within South Canterbury. I am Executive member on Kia Toi Maori o Aoraki since 2018. My passions is kapahaka. I joined Te Aitarakihi Kapahaka 2019 and eventually became a co-tutor, while also tutoring kapahaka in 7 kura within the community. And as of recently a new Board member of Te Aitarakihi.
Raeleen de Joux
Dawn Rangi – smith
Building and Development
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