Waka Whakarei | Horouta Whānau Ora Back Office Team

Waka Whakarei is the Horouta Whānau Ora back Office Team housed by lead partner Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Porou.Waka Whakarei is a richly and beautifully adorned canoe, we draw upon this traditional analogy to speak to the vessel which carries our whānau to Te Pae Tawhiti. In an organisational context, the name speaks to the essential roles, responsibilities, and obligations of Horouta Whānau Ora, how we work in unison, independent yet vitally interconnected, with each part contributing towards the betterment of the whole. By moving as one, collective in mind and effort, our work creates the vessel which carries our whānau to their aspired destination of change and transformation

Pou Manawa (Mast)


Manawa (Mast Step)

Waka Whakarei Manager

Rā Matua (Main Sail)

CI Manager

Hoe Tere (Steering paddle)

Data Analyst

Parewai (Splash guard)

Change Development Lead

Taura Pā (Stay)

Systems Specialist

Rā Kei (Mizzen Sail)

Te Tāwhana Manager

Business Support Team

Kahokaho (Railing)

Paepae (Spar)

Tauwā (Gunwales)

Waka Whakarei Team

Dr Curtis Bristowe

Rā Kei (Mizzen Sail) – General Manager
Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga a Māhaki, Ngā Ariki Kaipūtahi, Te Whānau a Kai, Te Whānau a Apanui

Hemoata Jahnke

Rā Matua (Main Sail) – Manager
Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Kahungūnu

Ruby White

Hoe Tere (Steering Paddle) – Business Analyst
Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Ira, Rongowhakaata, Ngāi Tūhoe

Te Okeroa White-Nathan

Tauwā (Gunwales) – System Administration
Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Ira, Rongowhakaata, Ngāi Tūhoe

Ata Rameka-Kepa

Tauwā (Gunwales) - System Administration
Ngāti Uepōhatu, Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Ngā Puhi, Te Matarahurahu

Coby Te Pairi

Te Punga Kārewa (Anchor Stone) – Lead Te Tira Kahurangi (Ngā Tini Whetū)
Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata, Ngāi Tai, Ngāi Tūhoe

Tikanga | Our Values

Our collective Tikanga are the essential vessel that carries us to Te Pae Tawhiti. These tikanga meld in unison to ensure that our Mauri is sustained and nurtured and establishes a state of being that allows for and ensures, holistic protection and safety for all.


Relationships to each other and our environment.


Generosity, caring, hospitality, reciprocity.


Pursuit of growth and excellence.


Unity sharing and belonging.