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Whaangai ka tupu ka puawai

That which is nurtured, blossoms then grows

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Our People

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Towards Mana Motuhake

Ngaa Tai Tini is a whaanau-led programme supported by partners who are committed to whaanau being strong, safe and thriving. It's not enough to just cope, it's your time to thrive. Our Kaiaarahi can support you to start thinking about your dreams for the future and making them happen!

Our programme


Supporting the whole whaanau to

build mana and wellbeing. Our 5 step process:


Get your whaanau connected to a Ngaa Tai Tini Kaiaarahi or Navigator


Work together to identify the biggest challenges you face right now


Start solving these challenges with people you can trust


Work together to achieve your goals for education, health, wairua and better paying mahi


Now that you have some breathing space. Dare to dream!


Our Kaiaarahi

Meet the team behind the mahi

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Tuaoloa (Tee) Curry


Talofa lava my name is Tuaoloa Curry of Samoan decent, from the villages of Saleilua, Falealili and Faleasiu. I have Youth Work experience of almost ten years working in the education and community spaces of mostly South Auckland. My personal journey is what motivates me to pursue my core passion for empowering people to thrive. Ultimately so they feel validated, hopeful, confident and independent to take ownership of their aspirations.  I enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends. Most importantly doing life with my husband and four beautiful children, making great memories with them.


Temple Paora

Hauora Innovator / Kaiaarahi

My Name is Temple Paora, Hauora Innovator and Kaiaarahi at Manurewa Marae. I am Married to Tash and we have two teenagers, Rico (15) and Shannahl (17).

Born and raised in my hometown of Taumarunui in the Central North Island, I moved to South Auckland in 2005 and started in voluntary youth work in Manurewa.

I have had various roles and opportunities in Youth Work, Community Engagement, Mentoring, Student Advocacy and Unstructured Play.
Alongside this I also have a passion for health and fitness and am a qualified personal trainer and group fitness coach. I weave this into my community work and engagement as a way to help others with the physical side, which expands into other areas of wellbeing.

I have a heart to see all people do well, make positive changes and live life to the full and look forward to connecting and walking alongside many of our Manurewa whaanau.

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Charlie Purea

Hauora Innovator / Kaiaarahi

 Mālō e lelei my name is Charlie and I’m a proud South Aucklander born and raised in the hearty Manurewa!

In 2017 I married my high school sweetheart. We have two handsome, young boys aged 13 and 10 who are Tongan and Cook Island Maori.


One of my life goals is to contribute towards a thriving community and I 100% believe in the people and community of Manurewa.


I’m a qualified social worker and have had the opportunity to work in different spaces in the social sector. In amongst it all, my heart and passion lies in young people and their families. I love a good transformation story and believe that every step, no matter how big or small, counts. 

Our people

Whaanau Advocates

Our advocates working in the community

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Hollyana Ainea

Community Advocate

Talofa lava, my name is Hollyanna Ainea and I hail from the villages of Fa'ala Palauli, Tulaele, Si'umu, and Faleu Manono. I am a 23 year old NZ-born Samoan woman and I have lived in South Auckland my entire life. I am currently studying a MA degree in Pacific Studies at the University of Auckland and I specialise in Pacific history. I am blessed to jump onboard the Ngā Tai Tini initiative and I aim to do by best to serve our Manurewa whānau. Ia manuia.


Buua Redfern

Community Advocatee

Kam na bane n Mauri! Arau Nei Buua ao ngai kain Butaritari, Beru, Kuria ao Maiana. My name is Buua Redfern, and I come from the beautiful paradise of Kiribati. I am 21 years of age and currently residing in the 67 - Manurewa. I am passionate about serving my community, and I believe that this initiative will accomplish so much for our people.


Simran Saini

Community Advocate

I whakapapa to two regions in India, Punjab, and Goa. I grew up in Kirikiriroa but have been based in Tāmaki Makaurau for the past six years completing my conjoint degree. I am now working as a policy advisor for the New Zealand AIDS Foundation. 


Sione Finau


Community Advocate

My name is Sione Finau, my mother is from Ma'ufanga and my father is from Pea in Tonga. I am 21 and currently studying towards a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation majoring in Management and a Bachelor of Business majoring in information systems at the Auckland University of Technology. I schooled, played footy and made many memories in Manurewa and am proud to be from it.  


Now being part of the Ngā Tai Tini initiative, I get to give back to the community!

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Contact one of our Delivery
Partners to learn more:

Manurewa Marae

Temple Paora



021 832 397

Manurewa High School

Tuaoloa (Tee) Curry



021 065 8747

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