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Te Pou Here Pūreirei

“Tahu whiri rau, Tahu torokaha”
Uniting our collective strengths as Tahu

Te Pou Here, a central place where our whānau can connect, engage & give back.


What is Pūreirei?

A Ngāi Tahu service by whānau for whānau, Pūreirei focuses on personalised career support for whānau tailored to help at any stage of the career journey. Pūreirei will provide you with career advice and the tools to feel confident taking the next step on your career path.

I’d like to say you’ve been my biggest supporter back when everyone thought of me as a wannabe with no substance, you built confidence in my ability, you’ve taught me to accept and be proud of my strengths.”

How Pūreirei can work for you.

You will work alongside a mentor who will give you personalised support to help you navigate your career journey.

We will update you with the latest entry-level opportunities available through our iwi-owned businesses, our commercial business partners or within Ngāi Tahu whānau owned businesses.

Our focus is to ensure that whānau are supported in their working journey and form a stronger connection to the iwi.

I engaged in multiple catch up sessions with my mentor as I went through University. These were focused around my career aspirations, available opportunities within our Iwi and beyond, and we worked to build a portfolio for my mentor to better match me to opportunities that arise”.

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Te Pou Here Pūreirei
– connecting you with a career mentor

Pūreirei provides personalised support for whānau beginning their journey, re-entering the workforce or building their career.


Pūreirei mentors

Pūreirei mentors come from a range of backgrounds and bring different experiences. You will be connected with a mentor that best suits your chosen career pathway. They can meet you when, where and however it suits you.

You will be provided with career advice and connections to other whānau in the business world. Pūreirei mentors will provide you with advice and support if you want to connect with your iwi and/or Papatipu Rūnanga.

Keri Milne-Ihimaera

Ko Ruapuke te whenua
Ko te Ara a Kewa te moana
Ko Motu Pōhue te maunga
Ko te Rau Aroha te marae
Ko Ngāi Tahu te iwi
Ko Ngāi te Ruahikihiki te hapū
Ko Keri Milne-Ihimaera ahau

I have over 16 years experience in roles as a school Principal, General Manager, Executive Director where I have provided a Māori woman’s perspective in the areas of education, leadership, people and strategy.

I am a mum to four adult children who live in Auckland and Rotorua, and I am the proud Nanny Keri to six amazing mokopuna!

I have recently shifted from Auckland to Bluff – to reconnect our whānau to our Ngāi Tahu whakapapa. How lucky am I right?

I’m really excited about being a Pūreirei mentor. I’m looking forward to connecting with people and helping them shape their career and life plans. Let me know if you think I might be able to help.

If you have any pātai you can contact me directly at [email protected]

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Natalie Small

Kia ora! Ko Natalie tōku ingoa. I whānau mai ahau i Ōtautau. Ko Murihiku tōku marae. He uri whakaheke au nō te whānau Te Au.

I am truly blessed and proud to be a Pūreirei mentor. A company director for 20 years, holding a variety of wonderful roles previously from tourism to retail, both national and international.

The founder of Real Beauty Reviews and NZ Made Products, I am also the creator of Zeba Absolute Oil. I operate two YouTube channels, and am the proud mother of a wonderful 14-year-old girl Scarlett.

Inspired by opportunities, and driven by my passion for life, I find tranquillity by my daily swim in the sea.

Having developed many skills and valuable knowledge throughout my journey, I am happy to share my learning with anyone who wants to know. My greatest strength however is that I am an uplifter. Sometimes we need to be reminded how capable and strong we are.
I am good at solving problems too! That is just a bit of a bonus.

We all have aspirations, some small, some large, some ever-changing; all valid and all equally important. I look forward to connecting with you all. We can discuss your dreams and goals, and when you are ready, I can help you create a plan that works for you.

And do you know what? After that, we are going to celebrate your success, one milestone at a time.

If you have any pātai you can contact me directly at [email protected]

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Campbell Macgregor

Ko Tākitimu, ko Hananui kā mauka
Ko Aparima te awa
Ko Tākitimu te waka
Ko Tahu Pōtiki te takata
Ko Takutai o te Tītī te marae
Ko Waitaha, ko Kāti Māmoe,
Ko Kāi Tahu kā iwi
Nō Te Whanganui a Tara ahau
Kei Tauranga taku kāinga ināianei
Ko Marie Hayden rāua ko Gerry Macgregor ōku mātua
Ko Campbell Macgregor tōku ikoa
Nō reira, tēnā koutou tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.

Ko te reoreo a kea ki uta, ko te whakataki mai a toroa, ki tai, he kōtuku ki te raki, he kākāpō ki te whenua
The voice of the kea is heard inland, the cry of the albatross is heard at sea, a kōtuku in the sky, a kākāpō on the ground (Everything has its rightful place).

With a background of 29 years in education including team leader roles, currently I am the academic lead for health at one of Aotearoa’s leading vocational providers.

My qualifications include MHMSc, BPhEd and BSc (Physiology). Every year my mahi sees me provide advice to 100’s of students about their learning journeys. I am looking forward to extending this support with whānau in our iwi.

While my work has been recognised with a number of national and international awards, my biggest personal achievement so far was being awarded the International Clinical Scholar for the American College of Sports Medicine in 2013. This recognised my work linking life-long participation in sport and exercise to long term health.
Spending several years in Australia, I was involved with building a $17M indoor sports stadium and running health and fitness centres for local councils. I am pleased to have this opportunity to connect with you. Let me draw on my range of experience and qualifications to support you reaching your goals.

For me, being a Pūreirei mentor is facilitating your journey along the path you are wanting to navigate. I am passionate about negotiated leadership and lifelong learning.

If you have any pātai you can contact me directly at [email protected]

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Roy Teone Taare Tikao

Roy’s background and expertise includes being managing director of his leadership development training company, director and trustee of several investment and land trusts, a previous international manager of a large language school and manager of Te Aka Umanga ki Waitaha, (the Canterbury Māori Business Network). However, his greatest passion and background has been developing rakatahi and pakeke with vocational direction, work preparation, post placement employment support and it’s in this arena that he can add real value to any of his Pūreirei clients that he will be working with in the future.

If you have any pātai you can contact me directly at [email protected]

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Harrison Hunt

Ko Aoraki te maunga,
Ko Waiwhakaheketupapaku te awa,
Ko Aoraki te waka,
Ko Ngāti Moki, ko Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki oku hapū,
Ko Ngāi Tahu te iwi

I am pleased to have the opportunity to be part of the Pureirei mentoring team and to work alongside whānau to create, grow and initiate individual future career aspirations. Being a part of this kaupapa is not only an honour, but a privilege to offer our services as proud Ngāi Tahu whānau, for Ngāi Tahu whānau.

Bringing to the role 8 years’ experience working with rangatahi Māori, my mahi has seen me specialising in pre-employment training programmes doubled with offering inclusive pastoral care and support. In addition to Te Pou Here I am a trustee and senior leader with Noaia Charitable Trust focusing on placing Māori and Pasifika into employment and education.

I am excited about connecting up and working alongside you as you develop both your individual and whānau economic potential. Let’s get started and crack into this mahi!

If you have any pātai you can contact me directly at [email protected].

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Kayne Osborne

Ko Taratara te tihi o te maunga Motupōhue
E tū ana ki te taha o Te Ara a Kewa
Ko Tākitimu to waka
Ko Te Rau Aroha te Marae
Ko Kāi Tahu me Kāti Māmoe ōku iwi
Ko Rākaihautū te hapū
Ko Awarua te rūnaka
Kei te noho ahau ki Whakatū
Ko Kayne tōku ingoa

I joined the Pūreirei mentor programme, so I can share my knowledge, learnings and skills with those looking to expand their career aspirations, undertake an education pathway or just seek clarity towards their journey within education or employment.

I have 15 years’ experience working in recruitment and vocational pathways across multiple industries and sectors, throughout Australia and New Zealand.

If you want help with your journey towards education and employment fill in the enrolment profile and I will be in touch to help you take that next step.

If you have any pātai you can contact me directly at [email protected]

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Kezia Bava

Karaka mai e te manu tītī
Taki mai e te manu Weka
Tū teitei
Mauka Aoraki, Mauka Atua
Rere atu ana te wai o Waitaki
Ki ruka i te mānia ko Kā Pākihi Whakatekateka o Waitaha
Tū mai, Kāi Tahu
Ko Kezia Bava ahau

Connecting with people and celebrating their successes is a passion of mine. I have a desire to help and to motivate people. I believe that with the right groundwork and support, everyone has the capability to create the pathway they desire.

My background is in tourism and customer service as well as facilitating roles. I lean strongly on my Kāi Tahutaka and taha Māori and I am excited to connect people with our iwi.

If you are ready to take the next step in building your ideal future, register your interest online or send me an email, I look forward to doing the mahi with you.

Aoraki Matatū!

If you have any pātai you can contact me directly at [email protected]

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