Born in Ngati Manawa Tribal lands, local Kaumatua, Maurice ToeToe has more than a 50 year career in forestry, including running his own forestry business and going on to become one of New Zealand’s leading forestry auditors. He has dedicated his life to iwi operations, including being involved in mana whenua, land settlement process on behalf of Ngati Manawa, and is an active trustee member on multiple tribal trusts. Maurice is a cultural advisor, a progressive marae committee member and a gatekeeper for tribal history across the vast Ngati Manawa landscapes. Maurice is an active Justice of the Peace, and works closely with all local schools, and is passionate about sharing his historical knowledge with the next generation. Under Maurice’s cultural advisory role, he leads the strategy and implementation for the Ngati Manawa Tuna Restoration work. Growing up on the tribal lands, Maurice has hunted and gathered his whole life. His bush skills and knowledge of the landscapes is second to none, and he brings a generational experience and knowledge you cannot buy. Currently an active member of Te Runanga o Ngati Manawa, Maurice’s vision is to create fundamental positive change for his people and the hope for a brighter future.
Willy Nuku was raised alongside the Rangitaiki River, has a keen interest in outdoor based activities, such as fishing, hunting and hiking. Willy can pull upon his vast experience in working with young adults as an experienced interpretive cultural bush guide, as well as being a loving father of 2 young boys (aged 6 and 14 years). Willy is passionate about the conservation and protection of our natural environments, and currently plays a pivotal role in the Tuna Restoration work being undertaken by Ngati Manawa Iwi. Willy has been a valuable Te Whare o Rehua guide and supervisor.
Born and bred in Murupara with a passion for sports and art, Himiona Nuku brings a wide variety of knowledge, expertise and skills. His extensive background in working with youth through tourism and community, includes Roopu Manaaki Volunteer based group co-ordinator, Tuna Awareness with BOP Schools, National Geo/Air NZ Photo Camp facilitator and Te Whare o Rehua Supervisor and Guide. Himiona has a passion for land, waterways, native species and making a difference.
Ko nga Whakamoemiti ki te Kaihanga o te rangi te whenua me nag me ora katoa.
Ka moe a Hinepukohurangi kia Te Maunga ka puta ko Potikitiketike, otira Nga Potiki.
Ko Maungapohatu te maunga
Ko Tauranga te awa
Ko Tane-nui-a-rangi te tipuna whare
Ko Tamakaimoana, Tuhoe, Whakatohea, Te Whanau a Apanui nga iwi.
Raised deep in the heart of Te Urewera, Atamira comes with a wealth of cultural and spiritual strengths. Her passions lie in healing the land to heal the people, and has experience in working with Kohanga Reo, Kura Kaupapa and Youth Work. Atamira’s dream is to work in a space that allows her to help connect young people back to the whenua, and has proven experience in developing and implementing school based maara kai, facilitating guided hikes and camps in the ngahere with groups of youth, instigating climbs up maunga and reconnecting youth to who they are and where they are from through marae based programmes. Atamira has been a key Te Whare o Rehua guide and supervisor.
Born and bred in Murupara, Karl’s heart lies in the land, and passions include hunting, fishing and gathering kai. Preferring to role his sleeves up and get stuck in, Karl’s strengths as a positive role model are second to none. 10th in the world for Claybird shooting, and years of experience on the sporting field, have given Karl much needed tools to share with youth. A handy man with building, gardening and physical mahi, combined with a contagious sense of humour and firm values, makes Karl a valuable asset to the team.
Raised on a dairy farm in Ngakuru, Nadine went on to University and graduated with a BMS Degree, and carved out a career in tourism. Working with Maori Tourism products, she has extensive relationships and connections throughout the wider industry, and experience in sales, marketing, international business travel, PR, events and product development. Her passions lie in connecting tourism to community and sharing the social benefits of tourism with Rangatahi. Kohutapu Lodge was acknowledged at a national level in 2019 with a New Zealand Tourism Award for community engagement, and Nadine has been pivotal in working with local schools to get children to help deliver, host and engage with international tourism groups, as well as helping to deliver community-based programmes onsite at Kohutapu Lodge such as the Air New Zealand and National Geographic Photo Camp.