Our Team

Maurice ToeToe

Ko Tawhiuau te maunga
Ko Rangitaiki te awa
Ko Rangipo te wehenga o te Tuna
Ko Ngati Hui te hapu
Ko Ngati Manawa, Ngati Whare me Te Arawa nga iwi

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.


Himiona Nuku

Ko Tawhiuau te maunga
Ko Rangitaiki te awa
Ko Rangipo te wehenga o te Tuna
Ko Apa-hapai-taketake te tipuna whare
Ko Ngati Hui te Hapu
Ko Ngati Manawa, Ngati Pukeko, me Te Arawa nga iwi.

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.


Karl ToeToe

Ko Tawhiuau te maunga
Ko Rangitaiki te awa
Ko Rangipo te wehenga o te Tuna
Ko Ngati Hui te hapu
Ko Ngati Manawa, Ngati Whare me Te Arawa nga iwi

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.


Nadine ToeToe

Ko Rangiahua te maunga
Ko Wainui te awa
Ko Manaakiao te tangata
Ko Torerenuiarua te tipuna
Ko Nga Potiki te hapu
Ko Ngai Tai te iwi

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.


Hine ToeToe

Ko Makeo te Maunga
Ko Waiaua te Awa
Ko Omarumutu te Marae
Ko Ngati Rua te Hapu
Ko Whakatohea te Iwi
Ko Mataatua me Nukutere nga waka
Ko Hine Toe Toe (nee Hata) toku ingoa

I was born in Whakatane and have lived in the Eastern Bay of Plenty all my life. In my spare time I like relaxing at home and doing jigsaw & crossword puzzles. My role is Office and Administration Manager. I am fanatical with details/administration/paperwork and filing! I will be the ‘Go To Aunty’ to help our rangatahi gather all of their paperwork, and necessary forms in order to help them achieve their licensing and other KPI’s as part of the 12 week course, as well as booking appointments and co-ordinating some of the exciting bigger projects we have in store for them. I am excited to be working in this support role and look forward to been available to assist our young people to achieve their goals and aspirations in this part of their life journey.


Erinah Cecilia Waiariki-Anderson

Ko Rangiahua te maunga
Ko Tawhiau te maunga
Ko te Whirinaki me te Rangataiki te awa
Ko maatatua te waka
Ko ngati Hui te hapu
Ko Ngati manawa, Tuhoe, me Te Arawa nga iwi

Although born and raised in Rotorua, Erinah Cecelia always found home and comfort in the rohe of Murupara. Erinah Cecelia grew up with a strong tourism background watching as her Whānau share our stories through tour guiding, mahi raranga and Kapa haka. This undoubtedly lit a fire within her to follow in their footsteps. Now an experienced tour guide herself, Erinah brings confidence, passion, positivity and humour. Although mature beyond her years, due to her age, Erinah is relatable and also brings a connection to our Rangatahi through their generations’ eyes. Erinah has experience performing Kapa Haka on the Te Matatini stage, and brings her skills in Waiata, haka, poi as well as the gift of raranga with her. Erinah’s passion is people, sharing with nga hau e wha and tangata whēnua the many secrets and stories the whenua holds….and did we mention, she loves to share humour as well!


Taz Takirau

Tena Koe
Ko Taz ahau
No Nga Whārua o Waiohau me Ruatoki Me Ngāti Awa ki Rangitaiki Ahau.

I’m currently living in Waiohau and in the process of setting up our own sustainable Papakainga: Maara, Hua rakau, Tia ,Poaka, Tuna, Trout. I’m devoted to our Taiao within our Whārua and also our waterways and our Taonga Tuna, Taonga Whio and all the other amazing native freshwater species we have in our streams. I am also passionate about our water quality. I’m a typical Maori who loves music, kapa haka, fishing, hunting and diving. I play multiple musical instruments, and enjoy composing my own Waiata. The skills I bring to the table include my personal life story and experiences, and the ability to relate directly to our Rangatahi. I also bring a broad range of networks and contacts into workplaces that I have been employed at. This includes building, engineering/welding, saw milling, heavy machine operator (Diggers Front end Loaders 16tonne Forklifts), machine operator, health and safety rep, tour guiding, packhouse and kiwifruit orchard experience. I am passionate about working with Rangatahi and helping to make positive changes in their lives.


Special Guest Appearances

Highly qualified experts, trained industry professionals and motivational speakers make a number of appearances throughout the programme to help facilitate various workshops to ensure students leave with as much experience, knowledge, life skills and tools to transition happily into their next phase of life.


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