Improving The Lifelong Outcomes Of Tamariki

Meet The Team

Kootuitui staff and volunteers

Meet the people behind Kootuitui’s success.

kootuitui papakura team memeber Abi Bond

Abi Bond

CEO, Kootuitui ki Papakura

I am a proud long-term resident of Papakura and was privileged to join Kootuitui ki Papakura a year ago. Kootuitui is an awesome organisation with staff and volunteers working in partnership with the community.

 The collective impact of our Education, Health and Whaanau Strands supports young people growing up in Papakura to smash through postcode-related inequity to achieve their full potential. I believe passionately in the work of our organisation and the potential of our community to reverse the curve.

kootuitui papakura team memeber Aina Masina

Aina Masina

Education Facilitator, Manaiakalani

I am excited to have the opportunity to help educate and influence the students and to see them grow as individuals. I believe that the students in the Kootuitui Cluster can make a difference within the world they live in.

 This role focuses on the delivery of the Manaiakalani Programme to provide and engage students in a range of learning to develop a ‘Learn, Create and Share’ understanding.

kootuitui papakura team memeber Bini Vimal

Bini Vimal

Human Resource & Administrative Leader

Kia ora. I grew up here in Papakura and still reside locally. I started with Kootuitui in 2017 working as the Chromebook Administrator and my current role as HR Leader gives me the opportunity to reach every aspect of Kootuitui and everyone in it – from the Board, through to our schools, CEO, colleagues and volunteers.

In this role, I am able to apply and further develop the skills and knowledge I have gained since completing my degree in Human Resources, last year.

kootuitui papakura team member ConnorNgawati

Connor Ngawati

Volunteer - Delivery Team

Kia ora. I have been working with Kootuitui for just over a month, since August 2022. I have been in the role of helping with food deliveries to families throughout Papakura and the wider community. 

This includes people that are in covid isolation. I enjoy this role because we get to provide people with food to help them out and be a part of a team that are passionate about what we do.

kootuitui papakura team member Evangelyn Nikolao

Evangelyn Nikolao

Chromebook Administrator

Talofa Lava. I have grown up in South Auckland and have recently finished attending Papakura High school. Walking into Kootuitui on my first day was very welcoming.

I also like the fact that we work within our community and with our youth, helping and giving support where needed. I am enjoying my time here and I am super keen to see what the future holds for me while working with Kootuitui ki Papakura.

kootuitui papakura team member JanPiahana

Jan Piahana

Whaanau Strand Leader

I was attracted to Kootuitui ki Papakura for its innovative initiatives that continue to provide wrap-around support for those in need in our community which I love and have lived in for the past 26 years.

I lead a team of dedicated staff/volunteers who support lifelong outcomes for tamariki and their whaanau.

kootuitui papakura team member Krystle Ngawati

Krystle Ngawati

Whaanau Community Connector

I am the Whaanau Community Connector for Kootuitui ki Papakura. My role is reaching out to whaanau in the Papakura community who have covid and are isolating, or who have been affected by covid. 

I enjoy my mahi, being able to work alongside individuals and whaanau, by supporting them in different areas. It’s awesome being a part of the Kootuitui team.

kootuitui papakura team member MarkCarter

Mark Carter

Volunteer - Delivery Team

After my whaanau and I received support from Kootuitui ki Papakura at a time when we were in need, Kootuitui then provided an opportunity for me to show my appreciation by becoming a volunteer and giving back to my community.

I enjoy delivering a variety of products and services supplied by Kootuitui to support whaanau needs and to see the joy on everyone’s face.

kootuitui papakura team memeber Meg Harland

Meg Harland

Warm Dry Homes Co-ordinator

Kia Ora. My name is Meg, and after finishing my university placement with Kootuitui and completing my degree I have come back to join the team officially in 2023.

I am now the Warm Dry Homes Co-ordinator, working to improve the housing conditions for whaanau in our community, and prevent avoidable illnesses caused by poor housing conditions.

kootuitui papakura team member Nane Lockington

Nane Lockington

Whaanau Manaaki Coordinator

Kia Orana. My journey with Kootuitui began in 2017 as a volunteer in the Whaanau Strand. In 2019 I was employed as the Maker-Y Coach in the Education Strand working alongside teachers promoting computational thinking and problem-solving. 

During the lockdown in August 2021, I joined our Rapid Response team and am now the Whaanau Manaaki Coordinator. This role provides support and uplifts whaanau in need through various workshops in financial and digital literacy.

Kootuitui ki Papakura Org Konine toa services team member Press Pancha

Press Pancha

Warm Dry Homes Technician

Kia ora. I was born and raised in South Auckland. My working experience began as an engineers draughtsman, then built and ran a kindergarten.

I came to Papakura High School 17 years ago as a caretaker and am thrilled to now be a part of the team at Kootuitui.

kootuitui papakura team memberTamara Tairakena

Tamara Tairakena

Whaanau Community Connector

Kia ora. I have been with Kootuitui for 7 years in various roles as a volunteer, and am now currently working as one of the Whaanau Community Connectors. 

As well as co-facilitating our Money Skills course and doing administrative work. I enjoy working for Kootuitui ki Papakura because I feel that we are truly making a positive impact in our community.

kootuitui papakura team member WaihouPiahana

Waihou Piahana

Whaanau Delivery Team & Vehicle Administrator

I have worked in the Whaanau Strand for almost five years. Initially as a volunteer Whaanau Facilitator and now as an employee. I love my current role with Kootuitui as part of the Whaanau Delivery team in supporting the needs of whaanau who are in isolation due to covid and are requiring food assistance. I have met people from all walks of life and enjoy connecting with them in fulfilling their basic needs in the home.

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