The Team - Kaimahi

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.

Kaihautū Matua: Jacqui Forbes

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!

Regional Manager: Toni Kereama

Tēnā tātou katoa. He uri ahau no Te Arawa – Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Wai me Te Atihaunui-ā-Papārangi. Ko Toni Kereama (Waetford) tōku ingoa. Our whānau currently lives in the Tāmaki Makaurau region though through my years I’ve lived in many different cities in towns both in Aotearoa and overseas. I am committed to helping protect Papatūānuku and all parts of our taiao. This is one of my many passions that is part of my overall desire to support our Māori people and the world we live in. Mauri ora e te whānau.

Regional Manager: Kahurangi Carter

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.

Marketing Manager: Hinerangi Rhind-Wiri

He mokopuna tēnei nō ngā pae maunga o Hauraki, Rotorua me Waikaremoana. E kaingākau ana au ki ngā tini āhua nui huhua o te ao Māori. I have a background in communications and kaupapa Māori research. Within my work, I aim to amplify the voices of Māori communities to work towards and advocate for social change and social justice. I am passionate about the restoration of rangatiratanga and whakapapa. Our identity as tangata whenua is inseparable from our lands and waters. For this reason, I believe that through upholding and building on our ancestral knowledge systems we nourish ourselves, one another, and our lands. Accordingly, if our methods are relational and reciprocal with our pepeha, with our kai, with our atua we have the capability to build a healthier taiao for our mokopuna to come.

Kaiārahi: Ruatāhuna - Paratene Ripia

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.

Kaiārahi: Waikato, Hauraki, Raukawa - Ngakau Harris - Peke


“Whatungarongaro te tangata, toitū te whenua” Kei aku nui, kei aku rahi tēnā koutou katoa. He uri tēnei nō Ngāti Hauā, Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāpuhi me Te Rarawa. I tipu ake au i te ao Māori, ā, i raro i ngā mātāpono o Te Aho Matua. Ko tāku e kaingākau nui ana, ko te oranga o ngā Rongoā Māori, otirā, te oranga o te taiao. Ko taku whāinga, kia pūawai ko te māramatanga me te mōhiotanga o ēnei āhuatanga mahi ki a Ngāi tātou te iwi Māori.

Kaiārahi: Te Upoko o te Ika - 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

Kaiārahi: Te Upoko o te Ika - Lani Rotzler Purewa

Tēnā koutou katoa. He uri ahau no Ngāi Tūhoe, ko Te Urewera raua ko Te Mahurehure ngā hapū. I am also of German descent, and spent my childhood there and I have lived in Te Awakairangi for 14 years. I am a young urban wahine Māori, a mokopuna of Te Ataarangi ki Koraunui, and a kaingaki māra, curious to reconnect and realign myself with our taiao. I celebrate the abundance of the Hutt Valley, and look forward to supporting Para Kore values in Te Upoko o Te Ika. My passions for oranga taiao, and oranga tāngata, and the ways in which the two are deeply connected keep me grounded, heal me and bring me joy.

Kaiārahi: Manawatū, Whanganui - Aroha Beckham

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!

Kaiārahi: Tūwharetoa - 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"

Kaiārahi: Waikato, Hauraki, Raukawa - Hemi Peke

“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.

Kaiārahi: Tauranga, Whakatāne and Tauranga Moana - Arohanui West

He uri ahau nō Te Arawa Whānui, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa hoki. The pōtiki of 5 siblings, born and raised in Rotorua descending from the geothermal wonderland of Te Whakarewarewa-tanga-o-te-ope-taua-a-Wāhiao. My mother is a weaver so growing up Isaw firsthand how our people could make anything from their bare hands, utilising only naturalresources. I understood from a young age that as a Māori being kaitiaki for our Taiao is in ournature, literally. “Te toto o te tangata, he kai; te oranga o te tangata, he whenua” Our Tīpuna have been fierce advocates for Papatūānuku long before environmentalism waseven a discussed concept, so who better to promote a waste-free Aotearoa than our ownpeople? I am excited to embark on this journey with Para Kore to support sustainable livingwithin whānau and hāpu. Mauri ora e te whānau.

Kaiārahi: Te Tai Rāwhiti and Tūranganui-a-Kiwa

Pine Campbell 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.

Kaitautoko Kaiārahi: Whakatāne - Krishna Smith

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!

Kaiārahi: Te Tai Tokerau - Hollie Russell

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!

Kaiārahi: Wairoa - Grace Ormond

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.

Kaiārahi: Wairarapa - 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.

Kaiārahi: Waikato Kura, Hapori - Paul Murray

Tēnā tātou katoa, Nõ Kānata ahau, no Ontario hoki. Ko Hurono te moana, ko Ausable te awa, ko Airihi me Koterani ngā iwi. Kei Kirikiriroa ahau e noho ana. I am a trained teacher and have been delivering Zero Waste Education to primary schools in the Waikato since 2011 for Xtreme Zero Waste in Whaingaroa / Raglan. I've also worked with Para Kore since 2016 supporting early childhood centres, kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, adult tertiary institutions. and now community organisations on their journeys toward zero waste. Prior to this, I was involved in community initiatives such as 'Project Lyttelton', was a 'Timebank' coordinator, a classroom teacher, an Enviroschools Facilitator, and also worked in refugee/migrant employment education and ESOL in various sectors. I'm now on my journey to learn Te Reo and loving it. I'm so honoured to be on this waka. Kia ora!