Keri Cullen

Name: Keri Cullen
Bio: Just married!

I became a kaiāwhina reo because I am very experienced in this line of work and because I can! What I love about it is building bridges between Māori and non-Māori. Uplifting and encouraging Māori.

Lani Ormsby

Name: Alohilani (Lani) Ormsby
Bio: Cultural Advocate, Board member of East Coast Bays Community Project

Why did you become a kaiāwhina reo? I am fluent in te reo Māori, I love tamariki and what the kaupapa Te Reo Tuatahi is doing for all tamariki.

What to you love about it? I want to inspire tamariki to pursue learning te reo Māori further in their studies, embracing and celebrating what was once a bi-cultural New Zealand to now a multi-cultural Aotearoa.


Keri Pakai

NAME: Keri Pakai
BIO: Single mum with 5 tamariki 3 girls 2 boys, 2 whom are my iramutu whangai. I enjoy long summer days spending summer at the beach.
Why did you become a kaiāwhina reo?
Why I became a kaiāwhina reo is because
1) to show my tamariki positive reinforcement of our culture our language within our community
2) tāku reo tāku mana
3)although treated as a optional language I was raised at school being bilingual & have strong opinions on how our taonga be mandatory in school
What to you love about ?
I love that I get to witness tamariki enjoy it & being totally engaged. To hear the excitement about having lessons is encouraging. I’ve had alot of positive feedback from tamariki.

Jade Daniels

NAME: Jade Daniels
BIO: I’m of Māori (Ngāpuhi), Greek, English and Scottish descent. I grew up in humble suburbia in a place called Naenae, in Te Awakairangi. My friends and I didn’t have alot of money, but we had plenty to keep ourselves occupied. Through my younger years, I typically played rugby and rugby league and thought sport was where my future lay. However, when I was 15 I choose drama as a subject for my sixth form year (Y12). It turned out to be the most terrifying course, but I also got hooked on the thrill of performance. And also learnt I had something to offer through the art form.

Fast forward and I took my direction with pursuing drama. I studied it at Victoria University and then went to Toi Whakaari/NZ Drama School, graduating in 2004.

Since then I’ve worked mostly in the theatre, but also, as many actors do, I’ve worked on the radio with Radio NZ, commercials, film, TV and pharmaceutical acting scenarios etc. You name it, I’ve probably done it. I have never felt more at home in a place as I do in the theatre.

I became a kaiawhina reo:

because it seemed like a fantastic opportunity to continue my learning of te reo, whilst also helping tamariki to get a taste(with the hope – a love!) and understanding of te reo too. It’s work I feel passionate about, as I didn’t grow up speaking Māori and in my family it has been lost to some extent. But I’m completely in love with it and am on my journey to speak it fluently and spread the knowledge when I can.

The thing I love most about being a kaiāwhina reo:

is seeing a child’s face light up through their learning. To see that joy and spark of something that will hopefully carry them forward to seeking more. I can honestly say I believe Aotearoa would be a better place if the people of this country were open to learning Māori and made it a priority for future generations. It is for everyone!

Paddy Flavell

Ko Paddy Flavell ahau
Ko Te Whakatōhea, Te Whanau a Apanui, Tuhoe, me Te Aitanga a Mahaki āku iwi.

For the past ten years I have studied, taught and performed Kapa Haka both nationally and internationally, where I have developed a true love and passion for Te reo Māori, and I’ve had the honour to share it with others.
For the past year I have had the privilege of working for Te reo Tuatahi, sharing Te reo Māori with the next generation of kiwi New Zealanders.
I have the best job in the world. I teach around 700 hundred children Te reo Māori, Every week I feel I’m doing my little part to help with the revitalisation of our language.

I wake up everyday happy to go to work, doing what I love, Sharing my culture with others.

Waata Harrison

Waata Harrison

Ko Rangiputa te maunga
Ko Ngāti Hauā te iwi
Ko Māmari te waka

I became a kaiāwhina reo because I love the reo and have a passion to teach all children of Aotearoa (Kiwi kids)!