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Since 2000 the Hospital and the Foundation have worked together to transform how healthcare is delivered to the community, shifting from a purely treatment-based approach to working collaboratively with our community partners to take a holistic approach to health and well-being

Towards Mana Motuhake

We are working in Manurewa with community partners on a whaanau-led initiative Ngaa Tai Tini, that has Kaiarahi (navigators) walking alongside whaanau as they map their own pathway towards Mana Motuhake.

Whaanau have been making and realising their PATH (Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope) plans, taking ownership of their goals. Achievements include Learner driver licenses attained, health issues addressed, mentoring, moving into warm, safe homes, school uniforms purchased.

Our programme

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Our Kaiaarahi

Meet the team behind the mahi

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!


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. 

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