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Our Team


Glenn Hawkins
Partner

BMS(Hons), MMS, FCA | Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Maniapoto

Glenn is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and has worked with Māori organisations across a diverse portfolio of industries including agri-business, forestry, fisheries, horticulture, tourism, commercial property and health for over 25 years.  Glenn has extensive experience with Māori post-settlement governance entities (PSGEs), Māori incorporations, Māori land trusts, service providers, marae and non-profit organisations.  Glenn is passionate about Māori business development and prior to starting GHA, he had a varied background that included senior management roles at Te Puia, management accountant for a large exporter and management consultant with Ernst & Young.  Glenn is also a Governance specialist and has held a range of Governance roles across the motu.  He is currently a director of Aotearoa Fisheries (Moana NZ), Sealord, Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency and Life Skills for Life Trust.


Kirsten Rei
Partner

LLB, BA | Te Māhurehure, Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāpuhi

Kirsten has broad Māori and government sector experience, having led a number of high profile leadership roles for both.  Born and raised in Rotorua, Kirsten initially trained as a lawyer before heading in to management roles at home in Rotorua and Wellington.  Kirsten joined the GHA whānau in 2018, bringing nearly twenty years’ experience in senior management, specialising in public policy and dealing at the interface between government, communities and the various sectors that comprise the wider ecosystem of Māori development. Kirsten is committed to supporting GHA’s clients to thrive.


Kererua Savage
Senior Associate – Rotorua

BBS, MBA | Ngāti Tūwharetoa ki Kawerau, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Rangitihi, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui

Kererua joined the GHA whānau in May 2020 as a consulting manager bringing with him a wealth of experience in the government and banking sectors. Previously, Kererua worked in several government departments including Te Puni Kōkiri, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, The Treasury and the Ministry of Justice holding roles ranging from Principal Analyst to Policy Manager.  His most recent role was with Westpac NZ as the Area Business Development Manager for Iwi / Māori for Te Puku o Te Ika ā Māui. Kererua’s knowledge and experience spans several industries and sectors including government, horticulture, geothermal, housing and banking. Kererua is proud to be working at GHA where he can provide his broad range of skills to assist Māori organisations reach their long-term vision.


Dr Parehau Richards
Senior Associate – Rotorua

BMS, MMS with Distinction, PhD | Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Waikato

Parehau has had a wide range of roles and experiences in whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori organisations – both management and governance, particularly in Māori education.  Growing up, Parehau was heavily influenced by her elders in Te Kaha who set strong foundations and expectations to follow an academic pathway of learning, teaching and managing at Wānanga, Universities and Polytechnics, initially training in accounting, Māori Resource Management and te reo Māori.  Parehau has also applied her technical skills in kohanga reo, kura kaupapa, marae health and whanau trust governance roles while also teaching, researching and consulting.  Recent doctoral study at Te Herenga Waka gave her the opportunity to deep dive into passion topics of whakapapa and iwi history while extending her research and writing skills. Parehau is excited about making contributions to GHA and Māori success.


Jared Hulton
Senior Associate – Rotorua

BA, BBS, CA | Ngāti Whakaue

Jared is a Chartered Accountant who holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business degrees and holds the Financial Modelling Valuation and Analysis accreditation from the Corporate Finance Institute. Prior to joining GHA, Jared was an auditor working with a wide range of for-profit and not-for-profit entities. Jared provides Virtual CFO services to a number of our clients and is pleased to be contributing to the growth and success of the Māori economy.


Miriamai Barbour
Senior Associate – Tauranga

BBus, CA | Tainui, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui

Miriamai was born and raised in Rahui Pokeka. In 2015 she graduated with her Bachelor of Business from AUT University majoring in Accounting. Prior to joining GHA she worked for KPMG and Franchise Accountants in Tamaki Makaurau. Passionate about supporting Māori Business with the aim of contributing to the growth and prosperity of Māori communities, Miriamai is proud to work for an organisation that shares the same values.


Alana Hay
Business Manager – Consulting

BA | Ngāti Rongomai

Alana joined the GHA whānau in March 2019. Alana holds a Bachelor of Arts, completed in 2018 at Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau with a major in Māori Studies. Born and raised in Tāmaki Makaurau, Alana grew up away from her iwi and hapū. This prompted her to move to Rotorua in 2019 to learn more about her own history, culture, and language. Alana is passionate about te ao Māori, and is proud to develop her skills in an environment that believes in and contributes to the success of Māori. The opportunity to develop her professional skills further, while building on her te reo, tikanga, and mātauranga Māori, both in and outside of the office, is a privilege.


Sam Bell
Accounting Manager – Rotorua

BBS, CA

Sam is a Chartered Accountant with experience working with various industries in both commercial and practice environments.  Sam first started working with GHA in October 2008,  where with the assistance from Glenn, she worked towards her CA.  Sam left GHA in August 2015 and returned in February 2020.  Being born and raised in Rotorua, Sam enjoys her role working with our clients and team, and  embraces the opportunity to learn more about the language and cultural history of her home.


Staci Winiata
Assistant Accounting Manager

BBA, CA | Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Patumoana, Whakatōhea

Staci joined GHA in August 2015 after graduating from the University of Waikato in 2014 with a Bachelor in Business Analysis, majoring in Accounting.  Staci is passionate about accounting and helping clients to reach their objectives.  Her quietly conscientious and hard-working nature is attested to by her supportive whānau and is evident in her work at GHA.  GHA are pleased to be supporting Staci on her pathway to becoming a Chartered Accountant.


Renée Mihaere
Business Manager – Accounting

Ngāi Tai

Renée joined the GHA whānau in September 2020. Renée worked for an iwi owned tourism company in customer services and then as the Administration Manager for the last 13 years. She is focused on expanding her knowledge in the administration and accounting fields and has embraced her journey in te reo Māori through GHA. She strives to pass this knowledge onto her tamariki.


Tonia Calabria
Senior Accountant

BMPA, BCom, CA |Te Pāpaka-a-Māui

Tonia is a Chartered Accountant originally from country NSW. With a Bachelor of Commerce and a recently completed Masters in Public Administration, she brings over thirteen years of accounting expertise to GHA. Her career began at Ernst & Young, where she gained valuable experience before transitioning to roles within the government and not-for-profit sectors. Tonia’s professional journey also led her to work in accounting positions in both Tonga and Vanuatu. Her most recent role was as an accountant with the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. Passionate about contributing to the success of Māori businesses, Tonia is eager to further develop her knowledge of mātauranga, tikanga, and te reo Māori while making a positive impact in her field.


Alison Fletcher
Accountant

BMs, CA 

Alison was born and raised in Tauranga. In 2013 she graduated with a Bachelor of Management Studies from Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato majoring in Accounting and Marketing. Prior to joining GHA in 2024 she worked as an accountant in the logistics, horticulture and agriculture sectors. Alison is passionate about lifelong learning, and is excited about continuing her Te Reo Māori journey while supporting colleagues and clients to reach their goals.


Sidney Stoneham
Accountant

BBA, CA | Ngāti Rangitihi, Ngāti Awa, Waikato-Tainui

Born and raised in Matata, Sidney made the decision at a young age to pursue a career in accounting, recognizing financial literacy and business enterprise as a pathway out of poverty for her whānau and herself.  Sidney recently completed her Chartered Accounting qualification in 2023, achieving high distinction for Risk and Technology. Joining the GHA whanau in 2024, after 4 years working as an auditor at KPMG, Sidney has cultivated a high level of proficiency in financial auditing, working with clients from a range of industries including Investment properties, Private equity investment companies, Manufacturing, Infrastructure, Wholesalers, Timber and Not-for-Profit organizations. Sidney has a particular interest in Post settlement Iwi Trusts and Māori enterprise and looks forward to working closely with whānau Māori to achieve shared aspirations.

Renee Winter-Matchitt
Accountant

BBS | Ngāpuhi

Born and raised in Tāmaki Makaurau, the competitive fast-paced lifestyle has provided Renee with the tools and experience to get her to where she is today. Renee managed a young family whilst studying at Auckland University, and proudly graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing and Accounting. Renee then enrolled into the Rumaki Reo program at Te Wānanga Takura o Ngā kura kaupapa Māori o Aotearoa to learn and gain a better understanding of te ao Māori. Renee then decided to move to Rotorua with her whānau to join the GHA Team. She is passionate about growth and development in our SME’s, and she wants to see Māori thrive in the world of Business.

Kristy Manley-Griffin
Accountant

BBS | Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāi Te Rangi

Kristy joined the GHA whānau in July 2021.  She graduated from the University of Waikato in June 2021 with a Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting.  Kristy sees her role at GHA as an opportunity to learn and develop her skills and experience as an Accountant which will accommodate her pathway to becoming a Chartered Accountant in the future.


Tony Caudwell
Accountant

BAM, Provisonal CA | Te Arawa, Ngati Whakaue, Ngāpuhi

Raised in Tauranga, Tony brings a unique blend of skills and expertise developed through his journey from a versatile chef to operational management in the mining industry. With a background in business management and accounting. Post-graduation of his Applied Business Management Degree majoring in Accounting, Tony gained valuable accounting experience, including managing self-employed accounts as a realtor and supporting whanau businesses. Tony deepened his knowledge during a two-year role as a graduate auditor at Audit New Zealand, which has given him strong audit skills. Tony is now proudly contributing to the world of Maori success with GHA and working towards becoming a Chartered Accountant.


Alison Baker
Accountant

BMS | Ngāpuhi

Ali joined the GHA whānau in September 2023. She grew up in Katikati, amongst the dairy farming, timber, and rental industries, and competed in Woodchopping (sport). Ali graduated from the University of Waikato in 2017 with a Bachelor of Management Studies majoring in Human Resource Management, and International Management. After her graduation in 2017, Ali has worked in various accounts administration roles, and has gained experience in various accounting, payroll, and manufacturing systems and software. Ali has since gained a Certificate in Accounting and is excited to further her accounting career with GHA while assisting Māori entities to thrive. She is also thankful for the opportunity to advance her knowledge in Te Reo, and Te Ao Māori.


Ngatai Tapsell-Bennett
Accountant

BAM – Accounting Major | Te Arawa, Ngati Whakaue

Ngatai is in her final year of her Bachelor of Applied Management degree majoring in accounting, a career she has been passionate about from her early years. Proudly hailing from Rotorua and Maketu, her deep roots in the community fuel her commitment to whānau, hapū and Iwi. She joined GHA in August 2023 as part of an internship programme. Her personal and professional aspirations include the mastering of Te Reo Māori and becoming a Chartered Accountant.


Leeana Hamiora-Reweti
Accounts Administrator

Te Arawa, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Porou

Leeana is Rotorua born and Tauranga Moana raised. She has a strong background in administration, PA, trust services and Maori Land Share Register services. She has three young boys and while raising them in Tauranga she studied part-time in Business Administration and Computing and towards her Diploma in Business – Accounting Strand. She then worked for a Local Accounting firm for several years. She returned to Rotorua with her boys in 2020 to be closer to whanau. From the move back to Rotorua to GHA she extended her skills in Estate planning services and Maori Land Share Register services for a nationwide corporate outfit. Leeana comes to GHA grateful for the opportunity and is excited to be apart of a Maori owned organisation and believes GHA will be able to support her further develop her skills in accounting.


Neven Northcroft
Accounting Administrator

Te Arawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Hinemihi, Ngāti Wahiao/Tūhourangi

Neven joined the GHA whānau in August 2023. Before this, she worked for a local law firm as their Business Administrator. She is diligent, efficient, and attentive to detail. These are just a few of her many strengths that have allowed her to thrive in such a fast-paced environment. The exposure she has received at such a young age has prepared her for her new learning journey here at GHA. With the desire to further develop her knowledge of Te Ao Māori, Neven is looking forward to immersing in an environment focused on Māori achievement.


Simon Karipa MInstD
Senior Consultant

LLB/BA(Hons), PGDipBusAd(Dist) | Ngā Wairiki Ngāti Apa, Te Ātihaunui ā Pāpārangi, Ngāti Hauiti

Simon is a qualified lawyer and spent a number of years in in-house roles, including as General Counsel with Te Ohu Kaimoana.  He is an experienced senior executive across both the public and private sectors (which includes managing an iwi organisation) and has held and continues to hold a number of governance roles, both with his iwi and wider community.  He is based at home in Whanganui but is always keen to get out to meet clients kanohi ki te kanohi.  Simon joined the GHA whānau in June 2023 and is excited to work with GHA’s clients to help them achieve their aspirations.


Sonia Rapana – Hawkins
Senior Consultant

Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Whakaue, Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao, Ngāti Makino, Ngaati Tiipa and Ngaati Paoa.

Sonia was raised in Rotorua and connects to many Te Arawa hapū. Her father’s parents were guided by Te Puea Herangi from Port Waikato to isolate on whenua out Tikitere during the flu epidemic, these beginnings continue to influence her professional pathway.

Sonia is a registered nurse and holds an annual practicing certificate. Sonia’s professional background includes management and leadership positions within District Health Boards, Māori Health Provider, and tertiary education settings. Sonia worked independently as a lead auditor, and equity/racism consultant while completing her Master’s thesis. She is near the end of completing her doctoral studies. Sonia’s research interests are Māori health, racism, ethnic bias, equity, and Māori health workforce using Kaupapa Māori methodology. Sonia says working for GHA is a natural fit, as demonstrated by her tupuna combining Māori excellence, ingenuity, matauranga and values to best serve clients is both fulfilling and humbling.


Shannon James
Management Consultant

BSc | Te Arawa Whānui, Waikato, Tūhoe

Rotorua born and raised Shannon was heavily influenced by her whānau of many wahine and kuia. A graduate of Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato, Shannon gained a Bachelor of Science, spending the early years of her career in geoscience and performance improvement. After three years travelling across Asia and Europe, Shannon returned home to raise her tamariki grounded in their marae, hapū and iwi. Prior to GHA, Shannon managed the corporate functions for a local NGO and has a particular interest in the advancement of health and holistic well-being services for Māori. Shannon is proud to be a part of an organisation committed to Māori success.


Jordan Chaney
Management Consultant

LLB | Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Te Rangiunuora, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Porou

Jordan was born and raised in Rotoiti, Rotorua, and holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Waikato. Before joining the GHA team in October 2022, she practised as a lawyer specialising in Waitangi Tribunal matters, which provided her with a unique insight into achieving positive outcomes for Māori. Jordan is passionate about te ao Māori and continually seeks to advance her competency in te reo Māori, having completed courses with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Te Whare Wānanga o Aotearoa and He Kāinga Mō Te Reo. Jordan is extremely proud to work for an organisation that shares the same values and committed to driving Māori success.


Antonia van Sitter
Management Consultant

BAS, MArch(Prof) | Te Māhurehure, Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāpuhi

Born and raised in Rotorua, Antonia has recently returned from a six-year stint in Te Whanganui-a-Tara. Here, Antonia dedicated her time at Te Herenga Waka pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Architectural studies, followed by a Master of Architecture (professional). Antonia would return to Rotorua for three months each summer to work on boats and intern for DCA Architects of Transformation. In 2023, Antonia focused her thesis on how a Kaupapa Māori methodology could reframe the architectural practice to better represent Māori in the resilience of the changing climates. Antonia is excited to practice these skills aligned with the GHA values.


Kiriwaitingi Rei
Management Consultant

BBS | Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Toa Rangatira

Kiriwaitingi joined the GHA whānau in May 2021 and is a graduate of Te Kōhanga Reo, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Koutu, and Waikato University. Kiriwaitingi completed a Bachelor of Business Studies majoring in Strategic Management and Te Reo Māori in 2021 and is excited to develop her professional skills with GHA. With a passion for te ao Māori, particularly Te Reo Māori and Kapa Haka, Kiriwaitingi is excited and grateful to have the opportunity to work for a Māori owned organisation that has a mission and purpose of helping Māori succeed.


Dixie Yates-Francis
Management Consultant – Marketing

Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki, Rongowhakaata, Te Arawa whānui, Ngāti Maniapoto

Dixie joined the GHA whānau in June 2021. She is in her final year of studying towards her Bachelors in Communication Design at Waikato University. She is passionate about her culture, the arts and loves to be creative. Dixie has had experience in redeveloping and rebranding local radio stations; Te Arawa FM and The Heat FM. In addition, she has created logos, illustrations, advertising, and promotion content for various clients such as small pākihi (business) owners, production companies, and organisations. Dixie utilises her skills in design to visually communicate all collateral in an effective way that is captivating, easily understood and engaging.

Born into her te ao Māori, she also grew a passion for Kapa Haka. Outside of work, you will find Dixie spending time with her family, caring for her down-syndrome brother, at her Marae, completing her Bachelor’s Degree, and being active both indoors and outdoors.


Mai Io Hiini
Personal Assistant – Consulting

Ngāti Tarāwhai, Tūhourangi, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Rongomai, Tūhoe

Mai Io joined the GHA whānau in July of 2023.  A native language speaker, Mai Io is a graduate of Te Kōhanga Reo and Te Wharekura o Ngāti Rongomai. Having being immersed in Te Ao Māori, Mai Io has developed a natural passion for kaupapa Māori particularly Kapa Haka.  Mai Io has a keen interest in Business Management and is extremely grateful for the opportunity to learn and work in a Māori focused environment with values that align with tikanga Māori.


Āwhina Kihi
Office Manager

Ngāti Hinekura, Ngāti Te Roro o te Rangi, Te Pahipoto, Ngāti Naho, Ngāti Tamaoho 

Āwhina recently joined the GHA whānau in December 2023 and has worked in the education sector and the tourism industry. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in administration, education, tourism and Te Ao Māori. Āwhina is passionate about working in a Māori focused environment that aligns with our Māori values and growing her knowledge in accounting and consulting, while contributing to Māori success.


Hine Fitzell
Office Administrator

Ngāti Whakaue and Ngāti Te Roro o te Rangi 

Hine was born and raised in Rotorua she joined the GHA whanau in May 2024 after completing a course in Hair and Beauty in 2023. Hine plans to work this year and study at Auckland University to become a Veterinarian in 2025. Hine is focused on growing her knowledge in accounting, consulting and learning more about her Māori heritage.


Jesse Hawkins
AML Officer

Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Maniapoto, Tainui

Jesse recently joined the GHA whanau in Feb 2023, following the completion of his degree at the University of Waikato where he gained a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Strategic Management. During his time at university, he experiences working for kaupapa Māori organisations having completed internships at both Poutama Trust and Tū Mai Rā Energy. Jesse is passionate about applying his skills and knowledge to contribute to GHA’s mission of driving sustainable development and positive social impact. He brings fresh ideas and perspectives to our team, and we look forward to seeing him thrive in his role. We are excited to have Jesse on board and we know that he will be a valuable asset to our company and to the communities we serve.


Nero Panapa
Share Registry Administrator

Tūhourangi, Ngāti Pikiahu Waewae, Ngāti Pūkeko, Ngāti Whātua

Born and raised in Rotorua hailing from the small village of Te Whakarewarewa. Nero’s journey in tribal registers began in 2010 where he was asked to audit the state of the Te Pūmautanga o Te Arawa beneficiary register. What started as a two-month contract quickly turned into a full-time position maintaining the beneficiary register for the post settlement entity. In 2014 Nero moved to Deloitte Rotorua as the Share Registry Assistant focusing on shareholder grants, payments and successions. Here he also became a cultural liaison for the other Deloitte offices in Auckland and Wellington where specialised skills were required for some of the total immersion clients. Nero joined the GHA whānau in February 2018 and is the Share Registry Administrator. Nero realises that the key to success is to share knowledge and empower our people by making sound decisions based on a blend of traditional and contemporary mindset. Nero encourages te reo across the office and speaks fluently.


Mere George
Consultant

BMS, CA | Ngati Whare, Ngati Manawa, Tuwharetoa, Ngati Porou

Mere qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2005, while working in Auckland as an auditor with Deloitte.  In 2009, she returned home to Rotorua and she joined the GHA whānau in June.  Mere was a partner at GHA from 2013 to her recent retirement in June 2021.  She continues to follow her passion of working within the Māori economy, particularly her own iwi and in key governance roles.  Mere remains part of the GHA whānau, in a consulting capacity.


Amanda Wallis
HR/ER Specialist

BA Psyc, Org Studies

Amanda joined the GHA whānau in early 2020 after spending the previous eight years as an Employment Relations Consultant providing issue resolution for a variety of businesses and industries throughout the North Island, including many iwi groups and Māori trusts.  Prior to that she held a number of senior in-house HR advisory roles.  Amanda enjoys supporting the GHA whānau so that they are in turn well placed to help Māori business to thrive.

Jason Mika

Dr Jason Mika
Associate

BMS(Hons), MPP, PhD | Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Whakatōhea, Ngāti Kahungunu

Jason has been a consultant for GHA since the company was formed. Jason specialises in Māori enterprise development and Māori organisational development. Jason’s strengths are in developing strategies, plans and policies to help Māori enterprises and Māori organisations succeed. He was raised in Rotorua and has completed consultancy assignments for Māori organisations locally and across the motu. Jason is a senior lecturer in the School of Management, Massey University in Palmerston North and co-director of Te Au Rangahau, Māori Business & Leadership Research Centre. Jason provides consulting services as an independent management and associate of GHA.


Brigette Arnold
Associate

BA(Hons), PGDipGrad (Economics)

Brigette has worked in the financial industry for over 15 years, across markets in the UK, Europe, Asia, North America, Middle East and Australasia. Brigette firmly believes in strong, face-to-face communication to strengthen relationships and identify the present and future needs of investors. Brigette has worked for 10 years at UK-based MVision Private Equity Advisers, managing private equity fund-raisings for global clients and as the lead relationship manager for Asian, Australian and New Zealand institutional investors. Since 2011, she has filled senior roles at Fisher Funds and Knox Investment Partners and is a former council member of the New Zealand Venture Capital Association. 


Amy Tocker
Associate

PGCert (Māori Leadership) | Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Maniapoto

Amy, having owned and operated businesses in the hospitality sector since 2004, has a broad range of skills to offer. Her hospitality background has seen Amy develop a solid network and successfully operate several businesses during the global financial crisis.

Most recently, Amy worked for Zespri International as the Māori & Community Relations Manager and has in-depth knowledge and understanding of the kiwifruit and horticulture industry spanning the entire supply chain through offshore markets to consumers. In her time at Zespri, Amy coordinated the establishment of the Māori Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated forum and developed the Zespri Community Investment Strategy.

Amy has a key focus on improving outcomes for Māori and strongly advocates for increasing the skills and capabilities of Māori in both business and the Primary Industries.


Holly Watene
Associate – Marketing

BBS | Tūhoe

Holly joined the GHA whānau in November 2020 and brings with her a wealth of knowledge in Marketing and Communications. With a strong focus on digital strategies, Holly’s skill set ranges from SEO and web content to social media and marketing strategy, digital advertising, proactive and reactive messaging, analytics, insights and more. Passionate about innovative and compelling digital and offline marketing campaigns, Holly combines her skill and experience with a genuine desire to empower Māori business to succeed.  Living within the Whakatāne area, she is excited to be working for an organisation that has kaupapa Māori at its core and actively contributes to the success of pākihi Māori across our rohe.