Time to Meet the Staff from Te Aka Ora Charitable Trust

This page is a quick introduction to the members of the outstanding Social Services team at Te Aka Ora.

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Meet the Staff at
Te Aka Ora

Introducing: -


Liz Cairns - Service Delivery Manager

Manages and supports all staff within the social service sector of Te Aka Ora.
My role is to manage the day to day operations of the social service sector and to wok in collaboration with key stakeholders to ensure the delivery of our service is of high quality, professional and upholds the mana of those we work with.

Ora Tahata - Administration/Finance Support

I support all staff within Te Aka Ora. My role as the administrator/finance support is to support and supervise the administrative needs of the Manager and Finance Manager. I also deal with all incoming and outgoing  enquiries for each staff member.

Venice Thompson - TPICW

Kia Ora,

My role is the Teen Parent Intensive Case Worker (TPICW).
I am really looking forward to working alongside Teen Mums, Teen Dads, their babies and all their Whanau. I'm looking forward to what 2013 will challenge me with, both in my personal and my professional life.

Mauri Ora   

Lois Smiler - Social Worker TWWH/Teen Parent House

Kia ora,
I am the Social worker based at Te Whare Whai Hua (Young Parents School) at Lytton High School Gisborne.
My role is to provide awhi and support for our teen parents and their whanau while they continue their studies and gain valuable qualifications.
We work very much from a whanau concept and my team implements a number of academic/life skill programmes ranging from parenting, learning to drive, budgeting and family violence awareness to name but a few. 
I believe that the empowerment of our whanau and ourselves through education, awhi and tautoko is the greatest gift we can give to each other.


Moana Dewes - SWiS

Kia ora Whanau, nga mihi nui, nga mihi aroha kia koutou katoa. My name is Moana Dewes.
 I am the Swis worker in our rural schools Muriwai, Manutuke, Te Karaka Area and Whatatutu. The children I work with are year 5 to year 9.
My mahi has been youth worker with both boys and girls at Turanganui-a- kiwa Activity centre, working with High Complex Needs youth at Te Ora Hou, managing and working with our teenage boys at Ka Timata Alternative School and now school social worker at Te Aka Ora.
My role at Te Aka Ora is working in partnership with our young children, their Whanau & the schools. I love my mahi and I am passionate about the wellbeing, future, health & education that we can give our children.
They are our future generation and we must help them aspire to reach their goals whatever they are. The moment I lose the passion working with our children and whanau is the day I look at another field of work.

Kiriana Coleman - Social Worker Turanganui A Kiwa Activity Centre Rangatahi/Whanau Support


Margie Marsh - SWiS

Social Worker for Cobham, Elgin and Te Wharau Schools.
My role is to work alongside your child and your family to build on the strengths within your home environment to enable your child's best chances to succeed in life and school.

Matthew Pennell - SWiS

Social Worker for Awapuni and Te Hapara Schools.
My role is to provide social work support to tamariki and their whanau.

Thomas Rangihuna - SWiS

Social Worker for Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Nga Uri A Maui, Riverdale and Patutahi.
My role is to provide social work support to tamariki and their whanau.

Kathyanne Pedersen

Te Aka Ora House Parent

James Aramoana

Teen Father's Co-ordinator