Ko wai matou?

Teri Lee Nyman


Ko Moehau te maunga

Ko Harataunga te awa

Ko Horouta te waka

Ko Harataunga te marae

Ko Ngati Porou ki Harataunga ki Mataroa te hapu

Kaikatea Knight

Operational Manager

Ko Ngongotaha te maunga

Ko Rotorua-a-Kahumatamomoe te moana

Ko Utahina te awa

Ko Te Arawa te waka

Ko Te Arawa te iwi

Ko Ngati Whakaue te hapu

Ko Tunohopu te marae

Ko Tamatekaupa te whare tupuna

I am the proud mother of five amazing tamariki and one beautiful mokopuna. I am an active supporter of our local Kura Kaupapa and Manaaki Kohanga Reo.  I try to be an active community member and endevour to live by the principles of tika, pono, aroha.

I have been blessed to be part of THO since 2007 when I attended an impromptu interview with the manager.  I hadn’t had a shower, my hair was a mess, I had a bit of baby spew on my tee-shirt, was dressed like I had no home and was breast feeding my four month old son but the manager saw past all that and had a belief in the skills I had to offer when I wasn’t even sure I was capable of the job I was being offered but that is what I love about THO.  They see the potential and intrinsic value in you that you may not even see in yourself.

Whanau Centered Services

Whanau Tautoko / Hakuitaka, Hakorotaka

Kelly Hearn

Ko Taupiri te maunga

Ko Waikato te awa

Ko Tainui te waka

Ko Tainui te waka

Ko Ngati Mahuta te hapu

Ko Turangawaewae te marae

Ko Kelly Hearn ahau

I am a mum of two boys, and an aunty to many, I am passionate about whanau both in my personal and professional life and I love game nights that involve scrabble and kai!

I have been working at Te Hou Ora Whanau Services since 2012, and have had differing roles within our amazing organisation. I am now a facilitator for Hakuitanga, Hakorotanga and I also work with whanau in our Whanau Tautoko service. I believe in empowering whanau to reach their goals, using their values, beliefs and mana to guide their waka.

Poipoia Te Mokopuna

Dana Te Kanawa

Ko Aōraki te mauka,

Ko Waitaki te awa

Ko Takitimu te waka,

Ko Otākou te Marae,

Ko Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe me Waitaha ka iwi,

Ko Toni rāua ko Karen Russell ōku mātua,

Ko Dana Te Kanawa tāku ikoa,

Kia ora my name is Dana Te Kanawa, although I whakapapa to Otākou I grew up in Central Otago on a high country station most of my life so I feel a connection to that area which I return to and spend time with whānau.  My husband Derek and I have three tamariki and love watching them grow, develop and learn as they explore life. I also know how challenging raising tamariki can be and how hard parenting can seem at times and I am honest about this with whānau I work with.

My Early Childhood teaching background led me towards my role at Te Hou Ora as a facilitator of our Poipoia te Mokopuna programme (a programme for under 4yr olds and their whānau). I feel that this role is a unique and special role and that I am lucky to be a part of this programme.  The highlight of my role is celebrating whānau success in recognising and supporting the learning and development of their tamariki. Seeing our Whānau feel empowered and confident in recognising what learning looks like at different ages and stages, and supporting them transitioning their tamariki into ECE services (that work for their Whānau situation) is rewarding. I feel like I’m helping growing happy and healthy tamariki.

Ruth Morrison

Watch this space…

Youth Justice

Maine Mareko

Kia Ora,

My name is Maine Mareko and I have been working for Te Hou Ora Whanau Services since August 2017. I am full Cook Island and grew up in Dunedin. My background is sport working with youth of all ages. I specialise as a Basketball Coach but have played basketball, touch, rugby, softball, netball, waterpolo and cricket in the past.

My current role is a youth justice mentor and I really enjoy working with the rangatahi in this space. It’s always rewarding to help encourage our young people to strive for something different and positive. I enjoy playing sport and going to the beach as activities.

“If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome- Michael Jordan

Aidan Dickson

I grew up most of my formative years in on the Otago Peninsula and have a deep affiliation with the sea and the outdoors.

I spent most of my childhood surfing, diving and exploring Aotearoa coastline.

I worked 15 years as a chef, private cooking in France, New York and London before settling back in Dunedin.

I wanted to move out of cooking and give something back to our Rangatahi.

I hope to achieve this through introducing them to some of the things I’m passionate about.

And these things are right on their door step: fishing, diving, tramping, cooking – providing a skill set of positive activities that are sustainable, free and can stay with them for life.

Rion Corlet

Kia Ora Koutou

Ko Rion Corlet toku ingoa

I am a youth mentor here at Te Hou Ora Whanau Services. Since starting this position in 2015, I have had many opportunities with my various roles including, Supervision with Activity, Supported Bail, Mentoring and Te Ara Taiohi. Within the last year or so, I have been spending my time coordinating and facilitating  our Amatanga youth groups. Watching our rangatahi grow in their confidence, mana, resiliency and wairua is something that has driven me as a leader to see our clubs grow and flourish over the last few years. I am very blessed to be apart of Te Hou Ora.

Te Awhi Mai Day Program

Motufau (Motu) Huch

Talofa Lava, My name is Motufau Huch…

‘My Role at at THO is youth mentor for the Te Awhi Mai Day program.

I have been with THO since the end of February 2018.

The role and job is rewarding and gives me the satisfaction of helping the younger generation get back on track and to live life to the fullest…. As a youth we have all encounter obstacles and difficult times, but its how you are able to get back on the right track is what some struggle to do….. And in my role as the shepherd i am able to provide guidance to the stray flocks……

One Love:)

Youth Work

Te Ara Taiohi

Lashana Lewis

Ko Whakapunake te maunga

Ko Hangaroa raua ko Ruakituri nga awa

Ko Hine Korako te marae

Ko Hine Hika te hapu

Ko Ngati Kahungunu te iwi

Ko Takitimu te waka

No Wairoa ahau

Ko Lashana Lewis taku ingoa

Kia ora koutou, My papa once told me the way forward is to acknowledge our past but not to be stuck there, to think in the future as a collective not as a individual, when we strive for greatness that greatness is to be for all, when we move, we move together and when we fall we pick up what is left and keep on going.

Being rich in life is not what we have it’s who we are. I venture on this journey at Te Hou Ora Whanau Services to tautoko others and walk alongside them on their journeys, their success is my success. There’s no greater power than the power of Aroha and the power to believe. Kia ora

Amatanga – Clubs

Claire McGregor

I am currently one of the youth workers at THO and absolutely love doing the Amatanga girls group on Mondays. I am also a student at Otago University studying social work and have recently graduated with a BA in sociology. I was born and raised in Christchurch and my family currently live in Lincoln with our cows, chickens and a pet dog. I love the outdoors and have played many sports over the years including hockey, tennis and rowing. I have spent a lot of time around children as I always baby sat my younger cousins and helped out umpiring younger grades at hockey. Later in high school I also trained as a swimming instructor for school kids so have a lot of experience being a leader. I have been apart of Te Hou Ora for a year now and I have loved every minute of it. Its such a great organisation to be apart of and I look forward to the great things we can do in the future.

Polly Kennedy

Ko Polly Kennedy tōku ingoa.

I have been a part of Te Hou Ora for just over a year when I first starting with volunteering for Amatanga Girls Club before becoming a leader in January 2018. I love the Kaupapa of Te Hou Ora and enjoy working here. I enjoy building positive relationships with the tāmariki to enhance mana and help them gain friendships and basic skills.

I am currently in my third year studying a Bachelors of Social Work at the University of Otago. I grew up in Kōputai and love spending time with whānau and friends. I play netball and enjoy being active. I love the experience and support I get from working at Te Hou Ora.

Christine Black

Ko Christine Naomi Black toku ingoa

Kia Orana,

I am honored to be apart of the Te Hou Ora Whanau. My role here is a Youth Worker. I’m very blessed to be able to work along side a great team to encourage and support the many beautiful faces that come through our doors.

I have worked for the past 3-4 years with young people in South Auckland and now Dunedin with Te Hou Ora Whanau Services.

‘peace, love and prosperity.’