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Darrio Penetito-Hemara

Darrio Penetito-Hemara

Ngāti Hauā, Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāpuhi

Kaiwhakahaere Matua
Chief Executive Officer


Ko Maungatautari me Whakatere ngā maunga
Ko Waikato me Waimā ngā awa
Ko Tainui me Ngātokimatawhaorua ngā waka
Ko Ngāti te Oro me Te Māhurehure ngā hapū
Ko Raungaiti me Ōtātara Ngā marae
Ko Ngāti Hauā me Ngāpuhi nga iwi
Ko Darrio Penetito-Hemara ahau

Darrio is a former student of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi who went on to graduate from Unitec Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Sport majoring in management. Darrio leads Toi Tangata and is responsible for setting the overall direction, strategy and goals of the organisation.

Connect with Darrio at darrio@toitangata.co.nz

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Matire Seath

Ngāti Whātua

Kaiwhakahaere Tari, Pūtea
Finance and Business Manager


Ko Tarawera te maunga
Ko Haranui te awa
Ko Māhuhu te waka
Ko Ngāti Whātua ki Kaipara tonga te iwi
Ko Ōtakanini te hapū
Ko Ōtakanini te marae
Ko Matire tōku ingoa

Matire leads the planning, organising, directing and monitoring of the financial and business activities such as procurement, contract funding, compliance and maximising the utilisation of assets & funds of the organisation. Matire applies general business management principles to financial resources of Toi Tangata.

Connect with Matire at matire@toitangata.co.nz

Toni Pivac

Toni Pivac

Ngāti Whātua, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāpuhi

Kaiārahi Whakawhitiwhiti
National Communications Advisor


Ko Tokatoka te maunga
Ko Wairoa te awa
Ko Māhuhu ki te Rangi te waka
Ko Ōtūrei te marae
Ko Te Popoto te hapū
Ko Ngāti Whātua te iwi

Toni leads the implementation of the Communications and Engagement Strategy and its activities and is responsible for supporting the development, coordination, and implementation of media, communications, and the sustained mobilisation of resources and information to Māori health and community service sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Communication Studies from AUT University.

Connect with Toni at toni@toitangata.co.nz

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Crystal Pekepo-Ratu

Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Vara

Kaiārahi
Innovation Design and Research


Ko Kahuranaki, ko Rangimotia ngā maunga
Ko Waipawa, ko Avarua ngā awa
Ko Takitimu, ko Te Rangimātoru ngā waka
Ko Ngāti Kahungunu, ko Ngāti Vara ngā Iwi

Crystal lives in the metropolis of Otane, a small town in the Tamatea (central Hawkes Bay) region. She and her husband, Tautoko, have six tamariki, nurtured through Kohanga Reo and Kura Kaupapa Māori.
After a two year break, she has recently returned to Toi Tangata in the role of Kaiārahi in Innovation Design and Research.
Crystal’s current projects include weaving play into whānau environments, the Growing the Puna programme and research.
She is a big advocate of whānau and community lead kaupapa that support the wellbeing of whakapapa and is inclusive of connecting and interacting to our taiao.
Pekepo-Ratu whānau jams are inclusive of adventures in the environment, collecting natural resources for organic play, maara kai and heaps of PLAY!

Connect with Crystal at crystal@toitangata.co.nz

Ranginui Rikirangi-Thomas

Ranginui Rikirangi-Thomas

Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Ranginui

He Pī Ka Rere Pouārahi
He Pī Ka Rere Lead


Ko Matawhāura, ko Mauao ngā maunga
Ko Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Whakaue ngā iwi
Ko Ngāti Hinerangi, ko Ngāi Tamarāwaho tēnei e mihi atu nei
Ko Ranginui tōku ingoa

Ranginui spearheads He Pī Ka Rere, our national kaupapa Māori physical activity and nutrition programme for tamariki in early learning environments. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Te Reo Māori / Sport and Leisure and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary). Ranginui is a former secondary school teacher of te reo, health and physical activity. He is also a graduate of the Institute of Excellence in the Māori Language, Te Panekiretanga. His skills, knowledge and experience coupled with leadership capabilities make him a wonderful asset to have in the team.

Connect with Ranginui at ranginui@toitangata.co.nz

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Haylee Koroi

Te Popoto

Kaiārahi Kai Māori


Haylee hails from the valley of Utakura in the Hokianga, and the small pā of Pukepoto located just outside of Kaitaia. Her grandparents moved their nine tamariki to Beach Haven, North Auckland, in the mid 90’s, where she grew up as a tamaiti and resided until very recently.
Ko ia te kaiarahi mō ngā kaupapa ‘Kai Māori Kai Ora’!
She is the lead for our kaupapa pertaining to ‘Kai Māori Kai Ora.
Haylee has been working in Māori Public Health now for three years and started at Toi Tangata when she project managed the kaupapa ‘He Kai Kei Aku Ringa’.
All of the work Haylee does is guided by a philosophy of centring whakapapa. With this in mind, she is learning that kai ora is not just about the individual, nor is it necessarily about the kai we choose to put on our plates. Kai ora is about enhancing the mana of all of our relations, including the atua and tūākana that give form to the ecosystems in which our food grows, the taiao which inform the mana of the kai we consume.

Connect with Haylee at haylee@toitangata.co.nz

Renei Ngawati

Renei Ngawati

Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Porou

Kaiwhakahaere Arotake, Rautaki
Team and Project Coordinator


Ko Tuhipā ko Titirangi ngā maunga
Ko Taumārere, Ko Uawa ngā awa
Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua, Ko Horouta ngā waka
Ko Ngāti Porou, Ko Ngāti Hine ngā iwi
Ko Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Ko Ngāti Te Ara/Ngāti Kōpaki ngā hapū
Ko Hinemaurea, Ko Te Rito ngā Marae
Ko Renei Ngawati ahau

Renei’s role undertakes the coordination of the team and assists with the development and extension of our current programmes. She implements the Toi Tangata strategy, taking the ideas and action and translating into tangible work activities and outcomes. Renei also assists with project proposals and funding applications as well as quality assurance activities, including reporting and measurement.

Connect with Renei at renei@toitangata.co.nz

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Turoa Royal

Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāti Whanaunga

Kaiārahi Matihiko
Digital Advisor


Turoa leads the digital aspect of Toi Tangata.

Connect with Turoa at turoa@toitangata.co.nz

Pianika Ormsby

Pianika Ormsby

Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Tainui, Te Arawa and Ngāpuhi

Kaiārahi
He Pī Ka Rere


Ko Mauao, ko Huruiki, ko Rangitūmau ōku maunga
Ko Tauranga te moana
Ko Ruamahanga te awa
Ko Takitimu, ko Ngātokimatawhaorua ōku waka
Ko Ngāti Ranginui, ko Ngāti Kahungunu, ko Ngāpuhi, ko Te Arawa, ko Tainui ōku iwi
Ko Pirirākau, ko Ngāti Hao ōku hapū
Ko Paparoa, ko Whakapara, ko Hurunui-ō-rangi ōku marae

Pianika is a Te Wharekura o Mauao and Pirirākau Kōhanga Reo graduate with a Certificate in Health Science from Otago University. She coordinates the kaupapa Māori movement programme, He Pī Ka Rere, out of Tauranga and Whakatane. Hers is a partnership role between the Bay of Plenty DHB’s Toi Te Ora service and Toi Tangata.

Connect with Pianika at pianika@toitangata.co.nz