Helen began fulltime at the MMTB in April 2014, and has since become a well regarded co-worker amongst staff. Helen’s role consists of two parts; Finance Manager and Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive.
Helen’s husband Kingi, her two children and six grand children affiliate to Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato and Ngāti Apakura, she sees her mahi at the board as an ideal opportunity to contribute back to her family’s iwi.
Great leadership from the Chief Executive and Chair was also a strong influence for her to apply at the MMTB.
“The people, the colleagues and the vibe here is as if we are a family with a positive atmosphere. Everyone works hard and always supportive of one another” Helen says.
Mother of four, Amber-Lee joined the MMTB team in 2011 after returning to Maniapoto. As a recent diploma graduate in Information Technology coupled with over 15+ years’ experience in Office Administration, Human Resources & Finance, she continues to work with and under the great leadership of staff and trustees of the Board.
“It is an honour and a privilege to serve te iwi o Maniapoto me ngā hapū maha”.
Vicky joined the MMTB fulltime in 2008 filing the position of Receptionist and Office Assistant. Vicky is involved in a number of land trusts and marae groups, including trustee and secretary for Te Ahoroa Marae. When Vicky was given the opportunity to work at MMTB, she jumped at the chance knowing this would be the perfect time for her to work for and alongside her people.
“The staff here are awesome, always go above and beyond what’s required of them, and none of us mind because it’s for our people” says Vicky.
RongoMata was born and raised in Ōtautahi where she attended Te Kura Whakapūmau and Aranui High School. In 2008, she made the decision to move back home to Piopio as she was passionate about her people and kaupapa Māori.
Mother to Te Koha and Waipuna, she is constantly kept busy at home as well as in the office. Over the last 10 years she has been involved in Te Kohanga Reo o Piopio and working alongside her hapū on the Napinapi Marae Committee.
Starting her role at the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board in April 2018, she believes the Trust Board will be the vehicle to drive our iwi and hapū.
Raised in Piopio, Charmaine has worked within the rohe of Maniapoto since completing school at Piopio College in 2009.
Charmaine has been with Maniapoto Māori Trust Board as an administrator for the last 4 years and likes the variety of work the team engages with.
“I enjoy working for our people, and providing a personalised service to each of our whānau who we interact with. With the support of my kaumātua I have learnt many things along the way, which are invaluable and attribute to me being part of a wonderful team at the MMTB” states Charmaine.
Tramaine first started her journey at the Board in 2004. Overtime her role at the board has varied extensively and has also provided her with the opportunity to grow.
Tramaine transitioned from administrator to the GIS Project Manager position in June 2017 and has now moved into the Team Leader role to manage the Boards environmental team, Whanake Taiao. Tramaine found that her work was an opportunity that would allow her to work in alignment with her tribe and to assist whānau, hapū, marae with their environmental aspirations as well as providing the opportunity to build capacity and capability within the iwi.
Originally from Piopio, Tramaine attended Piopio college and now resides in Te Kuiti with her partner and their two tamariki, Layeton and Tāreia.
Jaye began with the MMTB team in April 2018 as an Administrator across various teams within the organisation. After a few months she then moved solely to the Finance & Accounts Team, taking up the position of Accounts Technician.
Jaye was brought up in Piopio where she attended both the Primary & College for her entire schooling years. She spends a lot of time at her Marae and has always been very whānau orientated. Jaye loves that her three tamariki have been fortunate to also be raised in and around the Marae with the whānau, hoping to in still in them the teachings & practises that have been passed down.
Hapū: Ngāti Te Puta, Paretekawa, Ngāti Unu, Ngāti Waiora
Marissa has been with the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB) since 2014. Being fortunate enough to have been brought up in Pureora and Te Kūiti amongst her whānau, Marissa felt that when an opportunity arose to work for her iwi, she jumped at the chance.
“Serving our iwi in a different capacity was a challenge that I was keen to undertake and have enjoyed the many varied aspects that this role sees on a daily basis”.
Marissa has become the key figure with Tribal Registrations, Grants and Scholarships and continues to promote to the iwi that many support avenues of the MMTB that are available for those wishing to further personal growth and development.
“I take great pride in helping our whānau, our marae, our hapū and our iwi cause those four aspects of who are is what makes Maniapoto fabulous”.
Ariāhuia is one of the newest staff at the board, raised in Waitomo and Tamahere, where she attended St Peter’s Cambridge School. She then followed her passion for Design and completed studies in Pōneke (Wellington) and strives to use her experience in Digital Design to assist Māori organisations. Ariāhuia spends a lot of her time at her home / Marae, Te Kōpua.
“I enjoy working within organisations that are driven to provide assistance to other Māori. Working at MMTB gives me the opportunity to give back to our people and i’m looking forward to doing so.”