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Ngā kākano | Meet our team

Hone Heke Ngapua-Rankin

NGĀPUHI, NGĀTI WHĀTUA

Te Toka Pūmanawa

BEd, PGDipEDL, Accredited MOE PLD Facilitator, Level 6 Te Reo Māori Aupikitanga, Te reo Māori panel member for MOE.

I proudly trace my whakapapa to Ngāti Whātua and Ngāpuhi, and was raised under the korowai of both iwi. My childhood was spent in Reweti near the Kaipara Harbour. Growing up next to my marae, Te Whiti Te Rā, and living under the guidance of my whānau, I developed a deep passion for Te Ao Māori.

After 11 years of teaching, I felt compelled to create a whānau business that connects communities with our rich cultural heritage. At its core, our business believes that carrying our past into the future is a source of strength, as our tupuna remain ever-present and empower us to inspire others. We strive to foster a deep understanding of Te Ao Māori among all those we encounter, and to help build a more culturally-rich and inclusive future for us all.

Mauri ora e te whānau

Chantal Tawhai

Chantal Tawhai

Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Wai, Tainui

Kaiwhakahaere Pakihi, Business Manager

Bachelor of Business, Enterprise Development & Management

Kia ora!

I am of Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Wai and Tainui descent. Although I was raised knowing I was Māori, and experienced marae and tikanga, the depth of my knowledge of my own culture and reo is a journey in itself and one I will continue working on every day. I have learnt the most since having my babies as we raise them in a bilingual world – how awesome is that.

After 12 years in the fast-paced corporate world, I decided to go ‘all in’ with Te Pūheke and use my financial and general management skills to run our whānau business. I’m so proud of what we do, and where we are going. It’s a feel good role every single day.

Ngā Manaaki
Hone Heke Ngapua-Rankin

Hone Heke Ngapua-Rankin

Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua

Te Toka Pūmanawa Director of Te Pūheke

BEd, PGDipEDL, Accredited MOE PLD Facilitator, Level 6 Te Reo Māori Aupikitanga, Te reo Māori panel member for MOE.

I proudly trace my whakapapa to Ngāti Whātua and Ngāpuhi, and was raised under the korowai of both iwi. My childhood was spent in Reweti near the Kaipara Harbour. Growing up next to my marae, Te Whiti Te Rā, and living under the guidance of my whānau, I developed a deep passion for Te Ao Māori.

After 11 years of teaching, I felt compelled to create a whānau business that connects communities with our rich cultural heritage. At its core, our business believes that carrying our past into the future is a source of strength, as our tupuna remain ever-present and empower us to inspire others. We strive to foster a deep understanding of Te Ao Māori among all those we encounter, and to help build a more culturally-rich and inclusive future for us all.

Mauri ora e te whānau

Takoha o ngā atua Ropati

Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Ranginui, Hāmoa

Pou Tikanga, Te Reo Māori translator

Undergraduate Degree in Sport and Recreation (AUT) Certified Te Reo Māori Translator (Toi Reo - Te Taurawhiri) Diploma in Te Pīnakitanga ki te reo Kairangi (Te Wānanga o Aotearoa)

He tūkau nō Ngāti Hine,

He pātiki nō Ngāti Ranginui,

He niu nō Hāmoa.

He raukura nō te aho matua.

As an accredited and licensed Toi Reo Māori translator, Takoha Ropati brings rigour to translations and interpretations as a specialist skillset in both Te Reo Māori and English languages.

Takoha is passionate about the power of Te Reo Māori and believes in it’s ability to transcend borders, connect cultures, and foster meaningful communication.

Hukea ai te kura huna

Tamarau McGahan

Tūhoe

Kaiwhakahaere kaupapa

PLD accredited education provider

Ko Ngāti Kōura tēnei he kiri kawa ki te rākau. 

Tēnā koutou, ko Tamarau tōkū ingoa. Kō Ngāti Kōura me Te Whānau Pani ōku hāpu. He uri au nō Tūhoe Pōtiki. I have a diverse upbringing, which has enabled me to have a deep appreciation of people, culture, and society. Foundational to this is my Tūhoe/Māoritanga, and how this positions my unique worldview.

Drawing on my lived experiences to date, I have developed a set of core skills resulting from my work, high-performance sports, and education. This includes leadership, communication, strategic relationship management, being part of a team, and finding solutions that tangibly improve outcomes for our whānau.

Mauri Ora