Paulette Tamati-ElliffeKotahi Mano Kāika Programme Leader
Kāi Te Pahi, Kāi Te Ruahikihiki (Ōtākou), Te Atiawa, Ngāti Mutunga
Paulette has been involved with KMK since signing the whānau up in 2000 when it was first launched to the iwi. Over the last fifteen years, Paulette and her partner Komene have been on the journey of raising their tamariki in te reo Māori as the language of the home. They are both fully committed and involved in the revitalisation of te reo me ōna tikaka among Ngāi Tahu whānui and the wider community. Paulette is a graduate of Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo – Institute of Excellent in Te Reo Māori and brings experience in facilitation, planning, education, teaching, waiata performance and composition.
In her spare time (yeah right!) Paulette participates as an active member of her Ōtākou rūnaka, tutors Kapa Haka for rakatahi and enjoys supporting kaupapa Māori initiatives and of course, The Highlanders!
Victoria Campbell (BA, PG Dip)Kotahi Mano Kāika Advisor
Victoria has been involved in many te reo me ōna tikaka initiatives and kaupapa. She has taught at Te Tumu, Otago Polytechnic and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in the field of mātauraka Māori. Victoria is married to Brett and they have two boys Tūmai and Tāwera.
Victoria chose to work for KMK as she saw it as an opportunity to contribute to the growth and development of te reo me ōna tikaka mō tātou. She enjoys meeting and working with whānau throughout the takiwā. Her interests include playing and watching sport – Highlanders!!!! As well as spending time with the whānau.
Darren SolomonKotahi Mano Kāika Advisor
Kāti Huirapa. Kāi Te Rakiamoa
Alongside a wide range of experience in the construction, recruitment and tourism industries, Darren brings with him a passion and commitment for building cultural capacity at whānau and hapū level. With his experience as an adult second language learner and his involvement with KMK initiatives, he is well-placed to provide guidance and support to those starting on their reo Māori journey
Corban Te AikaKotahi Mano Kāika Advisor
Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāti Uruhia
Although having only just started working for KMK, Corban has been involved with a number of KMK initiatives over the years as a tauira and more recently as a kaiako. Having worked in the tertiary education and local government sectors, Corban brings a range of experiences to his role as KMK Advisor. Corban is passionate about using his knowledge and experience to support kaupapa that build cultural capability amongst Ngāi Tahu whānui, particularly around te reo Māori and kapa haka. Outside of work, Corban, a self proclaimed Star Wars and haka freak, is one of the co-tutors for local kapa haka group Te Pao a Tahu, enjoys ‘jamming’ on his guitar and piano, as well as socialising with whānau and friends.