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
Advisor Manager, Tarsh Edwards
Marketing Manager, Urs Signer
Te Tai Rāwhiti and Tūranganui-a-Kiwa, Pine Campbell
Taranaki, Kerina White
Taranaki, Robyn Martin Kemp
Te Hiku, Jared Hiakita
Ruatāhuna, Paratene Ripia
Ruapehu, Kahurangi Carter
Te Upoko o te Ika, Te Kawa Robb
Manawatū, Whanganui, Aroha Beckham
Tuwharetoa, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Whakarewa i te reo ki Tūwharetoa
Waikato, Hauraki, Raukawa, Hemi Peke
Te Arawa, Harina Rupapera
Whakatāne, Krishna Smith
Tauranga Moana, Shirley Simmonds
Maniapoto, Reopiki Te Huia
Wairarapa, Sam Te Tau
Wairoa, Grace Ormond
Te Tai Tokerau, Hollie Russell
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!
Tena koutou katoa,
Ko TaraTara me Moehou nga maunga
Ko Whangaroa me Taupo nga moana
Ko Maamaru te waka
Ko Ngati Kahu ki Whangaroa te iwi
Ko Ngati Rua, Ngai Tupango nga hapu
Ko Waihapa me Taupo nga marae
Ko Natasha Edwards ahau
No Reira Tena Koutou, Tena Koutou, Tena Koutou Katoa.
Tena koutou katoa e te whānau,
My name is Tarsh and my husband is Joe. We live in beautiful Tauranga Moana and together we have six busy tamariki aged from 23 down to 2 years old. My background is in teaching, group facilitation and management at local and regional levels. For fun my whānau enjoy exploring our beautiful rohe on our bikes. We are also actively invloved in our local Waka Ama club and kapa haka. School holidays for us usually means a trip home to Whangaroa in the far north to recharge and reflect.
My whānau started making an extra conscious effort to live more sustainably at the beginning of last year. This for us was a natural progression in our journey towards protecting and respecting the taiao and living in better unison with our world.
What began as light reflective conversations almost 2 years ago, soon became important family goals which saw us seeking out new information and very quickly changing our way of thinking and living. We still consider ourselves very early in our change with so much more to learn, but we have committed ourselves to wanting to do the very best we can especially for our tamariki and our future generations.
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 Robyn Martin-Kemp and I reside in Waitara where I was born and bred with my partner and our 8 children. I share the Taranaki kaiārahi position with my sister Kerina White which I’m very grateful for. I am very honored to be apart of the Para Kore movement because it strives to protect our Taiao using all aspects of Kaitiakitanga as a vehicle to educate, and connect with our whānau, hapu, iwi, schools, community and local councils.
I have a passion for protecting what is unique to us as Māori and being a voice for our Taiao when it needs us to be. This passion has lead my self and Kerina to start a group called Whenua Warriors which is a whānau based group created to keep our grounds roots people informed on environmental issues local or outside of our rohe, we provide support to environmental groups who stand against oil and gas to protecting indigenous ngahere from being dedicated to make way for highways depending on what capacity we are needed. My hero is Dame Whina Cooper, Eva Riccard and Titiwhai Harawira and now Pania Newton for the stance they took to protect their whenua and the things they had to endure to carry the kaupapa with such strength, mana and defiance.
Ngā mihi - Robyn Martin Kemp
Ko Taranaki te maunga, nō Waitara ahau
Ko Kerina White tōku ingoa.
Tihei Mauri Ora!
I have five awesome kids, slash young adults, two mokopuna who I love beyond words and are my inspiration for most things I do in life. A Whenua Warrior, also a continuous tauira of Rongoā, I grew up in a close whānau and have been actively involved in many different aspects of my marae, hapū and iwi for the past few years.
I am passionate about the restoration of balance to our Tangata and Whenua and believe one affects the other. I am drawn to like-minded people and this is what led me to work towards Zero Waste, Para Kore. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some pretty awesome people as I continue my own journey of learning and gaining knowledge. I’ve been taught that knowledge has the power to motivate change and I truly believe with the knowledge and know-how, we can all do our part to aid in the protection and restoration of Papatūānuku, therefore each other.
Keeping it real, starting at home with our own, looking at our Waste. I am more than excited to start this new journey with Para Kore. Together we can shine a light for others to follow.....
Ngā mihi nui - Kerina White.
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.
Tēna koutou katoa
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Karioi te maunga
Ko Whaingaroa te moana
Ko Waikato/ Maniapoto te iwi
Ko Tainui Āwhiro te hapū
Ko Poihakena Te Marae
Ko Hoturoa te tangata
Ko Mōtakiora te maunga
Ko Te Manga ō Kewa te awa
Ko Maniapoto te iwi
Ko Ngāti Rōra te hapū
Ko Te Tōkanga nui a noho te whare
Ko Maniapoto te tangata
Ko Ōwhawhe te maunga
Ko Waitomo te awa
Ko Maniapoto te iwi
Ko Ngāti Ūekaha te hapū
Ko Tokikapu te marae
Ko Ūekaha te tangata
Kia Ora, I’m Kahurangi and I love Papatūānuku. I live at the base of Koro Ruapehu in Ohakune with my husband Darcy and our tamriki Freddy and Waiata. I have always been connected to the Waimarino Area because of my love of hiking and snow sports. When I was a kid I spent many school holidays in Horopito and National Park. We moved to Ohakune 5 years ago because it is a special place to live and work and raise a family. I believe we can all do better by working together and supporting each other. Let’s make a difference together.
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
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.
Reopiki Te Huia
Ko Pukeroa te whenua tupu
Ko Rangitoto te maunga
Ko Mangaokewa te awa
Ko Ngati Manipoto te Iwi
Ko Ngati Te Peehi, Ngati Te Kanawa, Ngati Rora, Ngati Kinohaku ngaa hapuu
Ko Ngarauwharawhara Tuarua me Naumai Tuarua nga wharekai
Ko Te Korapatu me Te Tokanganui-a-noho nga whare tupuna
Ko Te Nehenehenui tooku Turangawaewae
Ko Reopiki ratou ko Ronnie ko Taonui oku maatua.
Ko Reopiki Te Huia tooku ingoa.
Sam Te Tau
Ko Tararua te Maunga
Ko Waiohina te Awa
Ko Kurahaupō rāua ko Tākitimu ōku Waka
Ko Rangitāne rāua ko Ngāti
Kahungunu ōku Iwi
Ko Pāpāwai tōku Marae
No Wairarapa ahau
Ko Sam Te Tau tōku ingoa.
I am delighted to be part of Para Kore. It is a privilege for me to assist our Māori organizations with this progressive kaupapa. My work as an artist and course facilitator integrates tikanga Māori values and practice. Sustainable and healthy living is a passion of mine, that a practice through ngā mahi maara and hangarua.
Ko au te whenua, ko te whenua ko au. Ko Rongomaiwahine tōku iwi. Ko Grace Ormond taku īngoa. I am fortunate to live in the Mahia-mai-Tawhiti and am excited to be encouraging an important kaupapa in our forever changing community. This is definitely a step in the right direction for the Hauora of our land, sea, air, and people. I look forward to working with you to enhance our taiao and families via the Para Kore kaupapa. I am ready to assist our whanaunga. Mauri ora.
Moumoukai te maunga, tu mai ra, Waitirohia, te awa Nuhaka e rere ra. Ko au ko ngā whare rau o Te Tahinga o te rā, ko Ngāti Rakaipaaka me Ngāti Pakeha au. E tipu ake au ki Orongomai, katahi ka haere au ki Te Taitokerau i tērā tau. Inaianai e noho ana ki Whangarei. Kia ora! After growing up in Te Whanganui-a-Tara I am lucky to now be living in the winterless North, working on projects that support hapū and whānau to tiaki their taiao. I’m interested in the journeys of new generations of kaitiaki, and how we can reconnect with traditional matauranga and reapply it in today’s world to improve the health of our taiao and ourselves. Mauri ora tātou!