Our Team

We are a team of committed individuals with extensive experience in addressing health, whanau ora, business, academic and its related subjects.

Janice Kuka

Chief Executive Officer

Ngāi Te Rangi
Ngāti Ranginui

e. janice@nmo.org.nz

Janice Kuka is of Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngāti Ranginui descent.   She spent her earlier years being educated at the local convent school within Te Puna then went on to Otumoetai College.

Janice has a professional background in Social Work and Community development.  She  gained her formal qualifications in later years through Massey University whilst working  as a Medical Social Worker in the Tauranga Hospital.  During this period, Janice was seconded to set up a  Kaupapa Maori Services Unit  across secondary.  This Unit provided Maori specific services within the hospital as well as follow up services in the community.
The development of Hapu and community  health  has always been a strong interest  of  Janice’s  and over the years she has actively remained committed to that transformation process.
Janice is a Board member of a number of Community and Hauora Trusts both locally and regionally.

Moana Ngatai

Operations Manager

Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui
Ngati Raukawa ki te tonga

e. moana@nmo.org.nz

Moana began her journey in Maori Health while working for Te Whanau Poutirangiora A Papa, a group established by Kaumatua in the late 80’s  to lobby for and gain better health outcomes for Iwi in the Bay of Plenty.

In 2008 she started with NMO and enjoys working as part of the business unit of the PHO where she is responsible for finance and quality management. 

Moana comes from a tightknit whanau and is excited about the evolution of Whanau Ora. She is an active member in the community outside of work and enjoys working for her Marae.
Moana was raised on a dairy farm in Matapihi where she and her husband have now built their home.

Reweti Te Mete

Whānau Ora Navigator

Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui,
Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Maru ki Taranaki

e. reweti@nmo.org.nz

Reweti is married with six children.  He has experience in Public Health and a background in Education.  He completed his secondary schooling at Hato Petera College and went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma in Teaching at the University of Auckland.

Reweti returned home in 2005 to work for Te Mātāhauariki to focus on Te Reo language revitalisation.  He is the author of ‘Te Whare Reo o Tauranga Moana’ the 25 year Te Reo Māori Strategic Plan. Upon completion Reweti was employed as the Cultural Advisor for Te Manu Toroa before coming to work for ‘Nga Mataapuna Oranga’. 

Reweti is fluent in Te Reo Māori and English but also speaks basic Italian, German and Dutch.  Reweti is a keen kapa haka performer and has performed all over the world as well as competed at Te Matatini with Te Waka Huia and Te Kapa Haka o Ngāti Ranginui. 

These days Reweti is most happy being at home with his wife, tamariki and their youngest daughter ‘Ngakumama’.

Traci Wepiha-Te Kanawa

Work Force and Whānau Ora Administrator

Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui,
Waitaha, Tapuika

e. traci@nmo.org.nz

Traci grew up on a papakainga in Pāpāmoa, and comes from a family of 10. Traci and her partner have five children aged 16 – 27 years old. Their children went through Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ōtepou. The four eldest children are successfully pursuing careers in education, media and hospitality while the youngest is at Aquinas College.

Traci’s skill include shorthand typing, information technology and has Certificates in Bilingual Education, First Line Management, and Graphic Design Technician and is currently completing her Diploma in Business. Her formal work history includes Social Welfare (6 years) Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ōtepou, Tauranga District Council, University of Waikato in Tauranga.

Traci was introduced to the health environment in 2008 when she was employed as the Business Development for Ngā Mataapuna Oranga before transitioning to Workforce Development.

Traci holds the workforce portfolio for NMO and assists the Whānau Ora Project Team, special projects for the organisation and the programme co-ordinator for the “Introduction to Kaupapa Māori Health Programme” (Pre entry to Nursing).

Brian Turner

Contracts Administrator

e. brian@nmo.org.nz

Married with 3 step-children and 7 step-grandchildren, Brian is originally from Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) but also lived in Johannesburg (S. Africa) for 16 years before emigrating to New Zealand in 1999.  With an LL.B from London University, he initially practised criminal law as a prosecutor in Rhodesia before moving to S. Africa and becoming an in-house corporate legal counsel.

Residing first in Whakatane and now Tauranga (since 2004), Brian has provided independent general human resources/employment relations advice and assistance and performed special projects, including in the health-related sector. Prior to joining NMO, he was part of the management team for a medium-sized group of North Island dental practices.

Now with NMO as Contracts Administrator, Brian is hoping to use his legal background and skills and general business experience to meet the   challenge of a totally new and different environment for him.

Carliza Patuawa 

PA to Managing Director Administration/Project Management

Tapuika, Waitaha, Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāti Whakaue

e. carliza@nmo.org.nz

Carliza is married with 5 Children aged 14 months – 21 years old.  She is the second eldest of five and was brought up at Te Paamu in Te Puke. Carliza and her family now live in her family homestead at Te Paamu.

Carliza has experience is in the Hospitality Industry, Business Management and Business Administration.  She has a New Zealand Diploma in Business Management and a Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Diploma Endorsed in Accounting & Business Finance and is currently working towards a Bachelor of Business Analysis, majoring in business finance.

Carliza was first introduced to the Health Sector via Select Training and Recruitment Ltd (STAR) where she was responsible for delivering a contract for administration services with the BOPDHB Māori Health Funding & Planning.  Before having maternity leave for her youngest child, she was the administrator for Waitaha Hauoranga Trust. 

Carliza has recently joined the NMO team on a part-time basis in Administration and Project Support.

Alby Bott

Information Analyst

e. alby@nmo.org.nz

Alby is the father of two girls 13, 19 and has links to Ngāti Pikiao. He has grown up locally in Tauranga and completed his secondary school through the bilingual unit at Tauranga Boys College.  Following on from college Alby completed a Bachelor of Computer Systems from UNITEC.

Alby has a broad knowledge of information technology but his expertise lies in software and web development.  He has previously worked in various IT roles and worked for 5 years as an analyst programmer developing solutions for local government.

He joined the team at NMO in May 2013 as the information analyst.  In this role Alby is responsible for the management, training and development of the client management systems across the Ngā Mataapuna Oranga provider network.  This system is key to our collective and captures valuable information and data about our enrolled population and documenting key information relevant to work that we do with and for whānau.

Alby is excited with the potential that Whānau Ora brings and hopes that his IT background can add value to this beautiful kaupapa.

Trudy Ake

Quality Control Advisor

Ngāi Te Rangi

e. trudy@nmo.org.nz

Trudy is tribally affiliated to Tauranga Moana, Tuwharetoa and Hauraki.  She has lived locally most of her life.  She is professionally qualified and registered social work practitioner with over 30 years’ experience working organizationally and therapeutically in the Health and Social Service sectors.  Trudy fuses clinical knowledge and application with policy analysis and development. Trudy is an experienced auditor and reviewer of quality management systems. She has worked extensively in Maori Development in a range of roles over the past twenty years. Trudy currently sits on the local Child & Adolescent Morbidity review Committee.

Trudy attended primary and secondary schools in Tauranga Moana and completed two Bachelor degrees from Massey University, Palmerston North.

In 2010 Trudy co published a paper in the Journal of International Communication titled” Whitiwhiti Korero: Exploring the Researchers’ relationship in Cross Cultural Research.” 

Trudy maintains a clinical and cultural supervision private practice and continues to be engaged in Research that impact directly upon Maori.

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