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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), the 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.


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.


Matiu Taurau
Senior Associate

BCOM, CA | Rangitāne, Ngāpuhi, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu

Matiu joined the GHA whānau in 2015 as a management consultant bringing with him a wealth of international and local experience in business. Matiu has been a Chartered Accountant since 2008, and most recently worked for listed company Comvita as their accountant. Previously, Matiu worked as an auditor with Audit New Zealand before heading to the UK where he worked with Fortune 500 company General Electric. Matiu’s knowledge and experience spans a number of industries and sectors including agriculture, manufacturing, healthcare, retail and Māori authorities. Matiu is pleased to be lending his considerable talent, skills and energy to helping our clients succeed.


Amanda Wallis
Human Resources Manager

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.


Kererua Savage
Consulting Manager

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.


Kylee Daniel
Consulting Manager

BBS | Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine, Te Pōpoto

Kylee joined the GHA whānau in August 2020 after returning home to Tauranga Moana. Kylee has held senior roles spanning over two decades, specialising in strategic marketing, partnerships and event management across the Sport, Major Events, Finance and Tourism Industries. Prior to GHA, Kylee was Head of Marketing for Australia’s Sunshine Coast regional tourism organisation, and Senior Sponsorship Manager within ANZ New Zealand’s marketing team between 2009-2016 where she managed a portfolio that included major sponsorships of Rugby World Cup 2011, The NZ Olympic Team for London 2012 and Cricket World Cup 2015. Kylee is committed to empowering Māori to succeed and is passionate about providing strategic and creative solutions that drive positive outcomes and make a real difference to businesses and their communities. Kylee is inspired to work for a kaupapa Māori firm where her values align and she can accelerate her learning of mātauranga Māori and te reo Māori.


Sam Bell
Accounting Manager

BBS, CA

Sam is a Chartered Accountant with experience working with various industries in both commercial and practice environments.  Sam first starting 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 | 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.


Miriamai Richmond
Assistant Accounting Manager

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.


Hana Toroa
Accountant

BMS, CA | Ngāi Tāmanuhiri

Born and raised in the Horowhenua, Taranaki, and Waikato.  Hana became a qualified Chartered Accountant whilst working at Deloitte and has over 10 years’ experience working with Māori entities.  Hana and her whānau are proud residents of Te Moutere of Matakana where her children are growing up on their mana whenua.  Hana’s commitment to te ao Māori saw her recently complete Te Tohu Paetahi in Tauranga to build her reo.


Matiria Temara
Accountant

NZDipBus, BBA | Tūhoe, Ngāpuhi

Matiria is a graduate of kōhanga reo and kura kaupapa Māori. In 2013, she graduated from the University of Waikato where she completed a Bachelor of Business Analysis majoring in Accounting.  Matiria sees her role at GHA as an opportunity to develop her skills and experience further in a professional Māori environment. GHA are pleased to be supporting Matiria on her pathway to becoming a Chartered Accountant. Matiria speaks and encourages te reo Māori across the office.


Jared Hulton
Accountant

BA, BBS, CA | Ngāti Whakaue

Jared was born and raised in Rotorua. He is a qualified chartered accountant who holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science from the University of Auckland and a Bachelor of Business Studies majoring in Accounting from Massey. Prior to joining GHA, Jared was an auditor working with a wide range of for-profit and not-for-profit entities. Jared is proud to be working at GHA and being a part of the growth and success of the Māori economy.

Renee Winter
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.


Dr Parehau Richards
Senior Management Consultant

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.


Kateriina Selwyn
Management Consultant

BMS | Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāpuhi, Tūhoe

Kateriina joined the GHA whānau in 2016. Kateriina holds a Bachelor of Management Studies from Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato and was a graduate of Hei Rata Whakaruruhau: Māori pre-governance leadership programme. Alongside her role as a Management Consultant at GHA, Kateriina was contracted from GHA as the Māori Sector Manager for Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand from 2017 to 2020, where she led the national strategy to increase the representation of Māori within the accounting profession. With a strong interest in Māori business and Māori governance, Kateriina’s aspiration is ultimately to contribute to Māori success. Kateriina is proud that her role at GHA allows her to work with whānau, hapū and iwi, providing skills and expertise to support Māori economic and social development, and enjoys the opportunity to build on her te reo Māori and mātauranga Māori.


Nika Rikiriki
Management Consultant

BBUS | Tūhoe

Nika joined the GHA whānau in 2020 and brings over 10-years of experience in strategy and management across a broad range of industries, including education, media, marketing and the charities sector. Nika is passionate about empowering people and organisations to achieve meaningful outcomes and proud to be part of an organisation that openly embraces te ao Māori and that is focused on Māori success.


Mary Tolley
Management Consultant – Marketing

BTM | Te Arawa, Ngai Te Rangi, Ngāti Raukawa

Mary joined the GHA whānau in November 2020 born and raised in Rotorua. She has over 15 years experience in Sales and Marketing across various segments of the Tourism industry and has worked with some of NZ’s most iconic organisations.  Mary has experience in product development, international and domestic marketing, sales management, and trade. Prior to GHA Mary was Marketing Manager for Te Puia, where she managed the UK, Europe, South America and Australia markets for 5 years.  Mary is excited to be working in a Kaupapa Māori organisation with strong values, that is focused on the helping Maori succeed.  Mary is driven by growth and development and is passionate about achieving results, driving positive outcomes and working with people who are passionate about what they do. She embraces strengthening her te reo Māori and knowledge in te ao Māori.


Holly Watene
Management Consultant – 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.


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.


Whitney Tangaroa
Management Consultant – Marketing

BA | Ngāti Awa, Te Ati Haunui-a-Pāpārangi 

Whitney was born in Raetihi, raised in Whanganui. In 2011, Whitney graduated from Waikato University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Computer Graphics. She brings over 10 years’ experience to the GHA whānau in strategic marketing, branding and design across a range of industries.

Whitney is excited to work in a kaupapa Māori environment where she can utilise her skills and experience in providing strategic and creative solutions for Māori businesses, while developing her learning of mātauranga Māori and te reo Māori.


Nero Panapa
Share Registry Administrator / Board Secretary

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.


Alana Hay
Project Co-ordinator

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.


Kiriwaitingi Rei
Personal Assistant

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.


Ngaraima Te Kanawa
Administration Support

Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāiterangi, Ngāti Pukenga, Waitahanui-ā-Hei, Ngāti Whakaue

Ngaraima joined the GHA whānau in May 2021.  She has a background in administration, PA and event management.  Ngaraima worked extensively with a Kaupapa Māori Hauora Provider before moving to a secondary health setting. A short stint in Sydney as an Administrator/PA for a global Architectural Company which then lead her home to be with her whānau and to return to her Turangawaewae where she was born and raised on whānau whenua located in Pāpāmoa Hills.  Ngaraima is excited about returning to a Kaupapa Māori environment where strong values are embraced, relationships are nurtured, and positive outcomes for Māori achieved. Ngaraima is inspired by a team of passionate Māori professionals united in the empowerment of helping Māori succeed. She is so proud to be a part of the GHA whānau, being able to work with Māori to support Māori.


Rikki-Lee Naea
Office Manager

DipHosp | Ngāpuhi

Rikki-Lee joined the GHA whānau in 2018. Rikki-Lee grew up in Queenstown and completed her International Diploma in Hospitality Management and Tourism before moving to Perth where she worked as an Executive Assistant at Chartered Accounting firm, KordaMentha. Rikki-Lee moved to Rotorua to be closer to her whānau and brings with her international experience.  She has an interest in the Māori Business Sector and continues to enhance her knowledge of tikanga and te reo Māori. Rikki-Lee is currently on maternity leave.


Marlene Thompson
Office Manager

Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Kahu

Marlene joined the GHA whānau in February 2021 as Interim Office Manager to cover for Rikki-Lee while she is on Maternity Leave.  With a history of working in the Māori Health, Treaty and Māori Land administration sectors, Marlene brings with her wealth of knowledge in office management, administration, processes and procedures.  GHA gave her the opportunity to continue to further upskill herself, while developing her te reo, tikanga and mātauranga Māori.


Emily Johnstone
Personal Assistant to the Partners

Emily grew up in Rotorua before moving to Melbourne where she worked as a Personal Assistant for two of the big four international accounting firms. A desire to be closer to her family and watch her nephews grow up brought her home to New Zealand where she worked for another big four accounting firm locally. With over 15 years’ experience as a Personal Assistant, Emily brings extensive skills and international knowledge to the GHA whānau. She is passionate about helping others and giving back to the community wherever she can. Emily is well on her way to understand more about Māori culture and is excited to expand her knowledge of te reo at GHA.


Renée Mihaere
Accounting Administrator

Ngāi Tai

Renée joined the GHA whānau in September 2020. Renee 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.


Tiara Winsor-Ngamata
Accounts Payable Administrator

Te Arawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa ki Kawerau, Ngāti Awa

Tiara was born and raised in Rotorua. She joined the team as the Accounts Payable Administrator after spending several years in the Tourism Industry. Working in administration, customer services and reservations has prepared Tiara for her new journey here at GHA where she wants to focus on developing her skills in accounting. With the desire to advance her knowledge of te ao Māori, Tiara hopes to merge her cultural passion with her line of work in the future.


Jasmine Manley
Office Administrator

Te Arawa, Raukawa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāpuhi

Jasmine was born and raised in Rotorua.  She has a background in administration with a history of working in governance, tertiary and with her own iwi. She has a passion for Māori development and Te Reo Rangatira with an interest in the Māori business and governance sectors and is determined to contribute to Māori success. Jasmine looks forward to helping Māori enterprises and organisations prosper and develop in this front-line role and enjoys the opportunity to build on her te reo Māori and mātauranga Māori at GHA.


Ngahuia Macfarlane
Intern

Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāti Whakaue

Ngahuia was raised in Rotorua. She has completed her second year of university studying towards a Bachelor of Business majoring in strategic management and human resource management at Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato. She has work experience in the tourism and sales industry and is excited to work in a kaupapa Māori environment to increase her knowledge of te reo, tikanga, and mātauranga Māori. With one more year of study to go, Ngahuia is eager to finally put her learnings into practice and gain experience at GHA in both consulting and accounting.

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.