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 Programme Leader
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, Kāti Hinematua
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
Tāwini WhiteKotahi Mano Kāika Researcher/Support
Kāi Tahu - Kāti Huirapa, Te Rarawa
Tāwini and her whānau have been involved with KMK since its inception. Over the years, she has attended many Kotahi Mano Kāika events and has also worked as an intern with this kaupapa during her time at university. Tāwini completed her BA, BA (Hons) and MA at the University of Otago. Tāwini participates as an active member of Kāti Huirapa ki Puketeraki Rūnaka, supports community groups with kapa haka & is heavily involved in her communities kaupapa Māori events. Although she has been in her role since the end of February 2017, the Kotahi Mano Kāika kaupapa itself is not new to Tāwini, and she is passionate about KMK and how it works for whānau, hapū and iwi. She currently lives in Dunedin with her partner, Kelly.
Kihere Aumua-JahnkeKotahi Mano Kāika Advisor
Kāi Tahu -Kāti Huirapa, Kāti Hāteatea
Kihere has just recently graduated from Ara Institute of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Māori Language and Indigenous Studies. Kihere begun her reo journey at the Kura Reo Kāi Tahu in 2013 and has since attended many Kotahi Mano Kāika events. Kihere chose to work for Kotahi Mano Kāika because she is passionate about the language and enjoys finding ways of being creative with making te reo resources.