Te Kahui Kura Maori


Kaiwhakahaere (General Manager), Ngā Pou Mana Tangata Whenua Allied Health.

Occupational Therapist, Gains at Geneva.

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, tēnā rā koutou katoa.

Ko Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa, Rongomaiwāhine, Te Aitanga-A-Hauiti, Ngāti Porou rāua ko Te Whānau-A-Apanui e mihi ana ki a koutou katoa!

I have a background in Occupational Therapy, and have worked in acute, rehabilitation, community and private health settings. I am passionate about reducing barriers for those with disabilities to access their environments, and I am just as equally passionate about reducing inequities for Māori to have better access to quality, culturally appropriate healthcare.

I have spent some time working in Whānau Ora as a project manager, and my most recent role is Kaiwhakahaere (general manager) for Ngā Pou Mana Tangata Whenua Allied Health.

My role includes advocating for Māori to have a greater voice in decision making when it comes to health and wellbeing, and for Indigenous ways of doing and being to be valued, respected and implemented into the health sector.

I am proud to be a member of Te Kahui Kura Māori and look forward to being part of this transformative journey with Recreation Aotearoa.

Mauri Ora!


Ko Ngāti Pou, ko Te Popoto, ko Ngāti Toro, ko Te Hikutu, ko Te Whiu ōku hapū.
Ko Ngāpuhi me Te Roroa ōku iwi Māori

Ko Kōtirangi, Ko Airangi, Ko Ingarangi ōku iwi pākehā.

Ko te Manahautū o te Raki ma te Haumi Māori o Community Leisure Management ahau.

Ko Scott Linklater toku ingoa.

Mauri ora kia koutou.


Paora is of Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Tūwharetoa descent.

He is currently the Chief Executive of Te Papa Tākaro o Te Arawa an Iwi mandated trust working within the sport, health and social sectors based in Rotorua.

Paora has been a successful Kapa Haka exponent and cultural ambassador travelling the world and performing in 6 Te Matatini finals, with winning a national title in 1996 alongside Ngāti Rangiwewehi.

He is a firm believer in the use of traditional sites of significance as authentic connections for positive individual and collective transformation and the notion of Whakapapa as pathways to optimum health and wellbeing working interdependently with the Taiao.


Iwi: Ngāti Porou, Ue Pohatu, Te Aupōuri
Hapu: Te Whānau a Hinetāpora

Ron joined Skills Active in 2006, having completed three years as Training Advisor, Tourism Māori at Aviation, Tourism and Travel Training Organisation.

Previously Ron spent nine years as Programme Manager in education and training at YMCA Wellington; including three years as Executive Director.

He has a background in business; being self-employed for 15 years as Managing Director of companies in both the retail and construction industries.

Ron is committed to kaupapa and tikanga Māori approaches within workplaces. He uses his past experiences to build relationships with iwi, hapū and Māori stakeholders to create and broker training opportunities available through Skills Active Aotearoa.


Bobbi, a descendant of Tainui (Ngāti Korokī-Kahukura, Ngāti Te Wehi) is an advocate for supporting Māori communities to a healthier and active lifestyle. She resides in Kirikiroa with her family and is actively involved in community sport.

With a passion for IT systems and cultural capabilities, in recent years her expertise have been utilised within the sports sector in a Regional Sports Trust.

In her spare time, she enjoys Netball, Touch and Waka Ama.

In the words of Princes Te Puia "Mahia te mahi, hei painga mo te iwi" (Do the work for the betterment of the people) - where possible Bobbi endeavours to activate this call to action from a prominent Waikato tipuna.


Robin is a Lecturer in Hauora Māori/Māori Health in Te Roopū Rakahau Hauora Māori o Kāi Tahu/Ngāi Tahu Māori Health Research Unit, which is based in Te Tari Hauora Tūmatanui/Department of Preventive & Social Medicine, at Te Whare Wānaka o Ōtāgo/University of Otago. Robin is a graduate of both Otago and Lincoln. Her doctorate is in public health, with a particular focus on children, their physical activity and its locational context. Robin was in the first degree class at Lincoln for the Bachelor of Parks and Recreation Management, and then completed a Master's degree, focusing on cultural resource management.

Robin has whakapapa to both Raukawa (ki Waikato) and Ngāti Tamatea (Hauraki). She has broad and varied research interests, reflecting my prior work within University governance and administration, local and central governments. I am particularly interested in the spatio-temporal research, using smart devices (accelerometer and GPS data), spatial analysis and geographic context to better understand health-related behaviours such as physical activity, nutrition choices and tobacco use, and their relationship to equitable and educational outcomes, and well-being. While children have been the focus of much of my published work to date, I am also involved in studies working with adolescent, adult and Māori communities.


Ko Ngapuhi, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Uenuku ngā iwi

Currently working as a Programme Manager in the Co-Governance unit within the Parks, Sports & Recreation Department for Auckland Council. Tracey-lee delivered the First Maori pilot programme for Active Whanau and is passionate to explore what a recreational future will look like within Aotearoa, incorporating a Te Ao Māori world view.


Ko Tongariro te maunga

Ko Taupō nui ā Tia te moana

Ko te Heuheu te tangata

Ko Ngāti Tūwharetoa te iwi

Ko Ngāti Haa, ko Ngāti Te Rangiita ngā hapū

Ko Mokai ko Waitetoko ngā marae

Ko Te Miri Rangi tōku ingoa

Tīhei mauri ora!

Te Kāhui Kura Māori is a unique opportunity to demonstrate a Te Tiriti o Waitangi informed approached to recreation in Aotearoa. In the past 15 years I've worked broadly across the sport, recreation and health sectors within iwi and industry training organisations. In more recent years I have worked within the public sector to advance opportunities to realise our tino rangatiratanga as Māori. I am driven to enable the mauri of people and places to thrive and see Recreation Aotearoa as a key stakeholder to achieve that vision.


Lisa, is a descendant of Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Tuwharetoa, she is a strong believer is empowering Māori communities to utilise and connect with what is in their own backyards. Lisa resides in Putaruru with her family and has a appetite for community sport and recreation, she actively connects with the outdoors to gather clarity and inspiration. Lisa's passion is building cultural capabilities within communities utilising sport and recreation as the foundation. In her spare time she enjoys coaching rugby, playing squash and generally exploring hiking tracks through-out Aotearoa with her whanau.


Ngāti Raukawa ki te tonga

Te Āti Awa

Ngāti Toa Rangatira

Mahi raranga (weaving) and whakairo rakau (wood carving) has been instrumental in forming who I am today. Woven and now carved out I have found myself working in environmental and recreation sectors across Aotearoa. The work that I do and the ways it benefits people and nature keeps me highly motivated.

I enjoy integrating mahi toi and tikanga into my day to day work. I am inspired by helping others, and I enjoy working with rangatahi, to align matauranga Māori values into their worlds.


Johnnie Freeland (Ngāti Te Ata Waiohua, Ngai Tūhoe) Project Specialist - Iwi Māori partnerships Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children

Johnnie belongs to Ngāti Te Ata Waiohua, one of the kaitiaki iwi of Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland and Ngai Tuhoe and brings together more than 30 years' experience of serving community and in guiding and navigating a range of Iwi, Māori community and public sector organisations in working to achieve better outcomes with Māori. He was formerly the General Manager for Māori Strategy and Relations for the Auckland Council and is currently the Senior Māori Advisor for Oranga Tamariki/ Ministry for Children within Tāmaki Makaurau/ Auckland.

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