Our Volunteer Profiles


  • Email

    rmatene@gmail.com

  • Contact Phone

    9364 3680

Reuben Matene


COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT

Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua tōku Waka: My Waka is Ngatokimatawhaorua;
Ko Rahiri te Rangatira: Rahiri is my Paramount Chief;
Ko Tautoro tōku Maunga: My Mountain is Tautoro;
Ko Punakitere tōku Awa: My River is the Punakitere;
Ko Nga Puhi tōku Iwi: Nga Puhi is my Tribe;
Ko Ngati Rangi me Ngati Hine me Ngati Moerewa tōku nga Hapuu: Ngati Rangi and Ngati Hine and Ngati Moerewa are my Sub-Tribes;
Ko Wiremu Matene raua ko Alicia Mahu ōku Matua: Wiremu Matene and Alicia Matene (nee Mahu) are my parents;
Tihei Mauriora!! The breath of Life is with me!!

BACKGROUND:

Mr Reuben Matene has been a part of the TRA infrastructure since its inception in 2000. With a wide variety of skills, networks, experiences and qualifications, Reuben is utilised in all manner of administrative and Management duties including: Policy development, Strategic planning, portfolio management, the TRA webmaster, Weaver and creative arts consultant, Studio Atawhai Manager and much much more.

Having moved to Australia in 1986 with his parents and two brothers, Reuben has since developed strong ties within the Victorian Maori community where he has served on the Victorian Maori Festival Committee since 1999, and has been integral in the formation of several kapa haka roopu throughout Victoria. He has an unwavering passion for Maori performing arts and as a testament to his pursuits of Kapa Haka excellence, he has competed in the 2011 & 2013 TE MATATINI competitions in New Zealand as a representative for both Australia and Victoria.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Diploma Business Management;
  • Diploma Business Administration;
  • Cert IV (TAE) Workplace Training and Assessment;
  • Cert III Music Business Management;
  • Cert IV Website Creations.


  • Email

    moengaroaj@yahoo.com

  • Contact Phone

    0428 678 760

Moengaroa Jones


Te Reo Maori Tutor (Maori Language Teacher)

Ka toto te puna i Taumarere,ka mimiti te puna i Hokianga. Ka toto te puna i Hokianga ka mimiti te puna i Taumarere: Hokianga in te West, Taumarere in the East. What happens to one, influences the other.

Ko Mataatua ratou ko Ngatokimatawhaorua, ko Mamari ōku waka: Mataatua, Ngatokimatawhaorua and Mamari are my Canoes;
Ko Ngapuhi ratou ko Ngai te Rangi, ko Te Rarawa ōku iwi: Ngapuhi, Ngai Te Rangi and Te Rarawa are my Tribes;
Ko Kapowai ko tōku Maunga: Kapowai is my Mountain;
Ko Waikare  ko tōku Awa: Waikare is my River;
 Ko Kapotai ko tōku Hapuu: Kapotai is my Sub-/tribe;
Ko Waikare ko tōku Marae: Waikare is my Marae;
Ko Te Huihuinga ko tōku Whare Tupuna: Huihuinga is my Ancestral House;
ko Tiki Reti raua ko Violet Downs (nee Rudolph) ōku Matua: Tiki Reti and Violet Downs (nee Rudolph) are my Parents.
Tihei Mauriora!! The breath of Life is with me!!

BACKGROUND:

Moenagroa  was born in Peiwhairangi,Taumarere/ Bay of Islands and raised in Te Nehenehe nui /King country. Having attended Pureora  primary school, her whanau eventually moved to Tokoroa where she attended Tokoroa intermediate. She later attended Hamilton Church College for a year, with her final high school experiences ending at Tokoroa High school.

As a child growing up, she always wanted to learn Te Reo Maori and that dream finally came to fruition after the birth of her last child who attended a local Kohanga reo. It was while she attended kohanga reo with her baby, that the desire to to pursue her dream of Te Reo Maori was reawakened “ki te ako i te Reo Maori me ona tikanga”. She discovered the kaupapa of Ataarangi, where she spent 2 years learning through this method.

The desire to further her learning of Te Reo, lead her to enrol at the Whare Wananga o Waikato to pursue a Bachelor of Arts “Te tohu Paetahi” through the medium of te Reo. She later gained a diploma of teaching and a postgraduate diploma in literacy. She has since taught for 13 years in Bilingual and total immersion units.

She now lives here in Australia, where the aspiration to promote and foster the Maori language is still strong.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • BA Maori
  • Diploma of teaching
  • Postgraduate Dipolma in language and literacy education
  • Taught at Tokoroa East school 2000-2002
  • Taught the “Total Immersion” Unit Mangakino 2003- 2012


  • Email

    teroopuatawhai@gmail.com

  • Mobile

    0478 187 765

Katarina Riini


COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT

I te taha o tōku Tupuna Matua a Rewi Tu Mutu Aperahama Te Orekina
Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua me Maamari ngā waka: My Waka are Ngatokimatawhaorua and Maamari;
Ko Nukutawhiti raua ko Ruaanui ngā Taangata: Nukutawhiti and Ruaanui are my Paramount Chiefs;
Ko Te Reinga me Panguru ngā Maunga: My Mountains are Te Reinga and Panguru;
Ko Waihou te Awa: My River is Waihou;
Ko Hokianga te Moana: My Lake is Hokianga;
Ko Ngapuhi te iwi: Nga Puhi is my Tribe;
Ko Ngapuhi, Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri, Ngati Kahu wetahi o ngā hapuu: Ngapuhi, Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri, Ngati Kahu wetahi are my Sub-Tribes;
Ko Waihou Nui A Rua te Marae: Waihou Nui A Rua is my Marae;
Ko Waimirirangi te Whare Tupuna: Waimirirangi is my Ancestral House;
Ko Pare Puna I Te Ora te Whare Kai: Pare Puna I Te Ora is my Eating House;
Ka moe a Hohepa Hawera me Miria Aperahama, ka puta ko au Katarina Riini: My parents are Hohepa Hawera and Miria Aperahama;
Tihewa….Mauri Ora!!: The breath of Life is with me!!

I te taha o toku Tupuna Whaea Aneta Aperahama (nee Riini) no Waikato, Tuhoe…araa ka puta te ingoa “Riini”:

My Grandmother, Aneta Aperahama (nee Riini), is descended from Waikato and Tuhoe, hence, this is where the name “Riini” originated.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Cert III & IV Computing (Computer Programming and Software Development)
  • Cert IV – Business Administration
  • Diploma Iwi & Hapu Studies


  • Email

    teroopuatawhai@gmail.com

Annette Spencer



COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT

No Profile Information At This Time


  • Email

    teroopuatawhai@gmail.com

Tui Wright



COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT

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  • Email

    teroopuatawhai@gmail.com

  • Contact Phone

    0478 187 765

Margaret Chase



COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT

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  • Email

    teroopuatawhai@gmail.com

Shona Tehau



COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT

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Jacqui Hewitt

ASSOCIATE MEMBER – Technical consultant

Mrs Jacqui Hewitt has been a committee member for 3 years. Mrs Hewitt has an extensive portfolio with postgraduate qualifications in; Education, Health, Multi Media and Teaching. She has been instrumental in the development of the ‘Te Mahi Toi O Te Atawhai project’ and continues to oversee this. Her effortless commitment to this project has rewarded not only TRA but also the Te Mahi Toi students with pathways to work experience and employment in Multimedia.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master of Education Melb Uni (Computers, Education)
  • Postgraduate in Health Melb Uni
  • Advanced Diploma of Multimedia Design Academy Docklands
  • Diploma of Teaching Rusden.
  • 2007 – Present Co-opted and now oversees
  • Te Mahi Toi O Te Roopu Aatawhai.

Ryan Morgan

ASSOCIATE MEMBER – Technical consultant

Ryan was co-opted to the Media Youth group by the multimedia teacher “Jacqui” who knew his passion for filming. He now is taking major roles in the production of such multimedia projects that have been delegated to the youth group “Te Mahi Toi O Ataawhai”. His role also includes educating the other students on the importance of research and storyboarding; 100% Australian made and owned but is a rugby fanatic.

Ryan lives at home with his two parents and older brother. He loves sitting in front of the computer creating videos and various flash pieces. He is a current member at the Williamstown Lifesaving Club doing his 5th year of active service. Not only does he save lives at the beach, but he also is a Pool Lifeguard at the newly built Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre.
Mr Morgan has been a supporting member of TRA committee for years. He is Australian born and is currently in his final year of a Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia majoring in Video Production and Communication. He is now undertaking major roles in the production of multimedia projects that have been delegated to the youth group “Te Mahi Toi O Ataawhai”.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor of Arts – Multimedia
  • Certificate 3 in Multimedia RMIT
  • Advanced Diploma in Multimedia Victoria University and is currently in his final years of his Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia majoring in Video Production and Communication
  • Completed VCE at Bayside Secondary College in 2004
  • Ryan often guest teaches flash action scripting in the VET Multimedia class at Bayside College Paisley, Newport as has natural flair in this area

Craig Elliot

ASSOCIATE MEMBER – Technical consultant

Craig was co-opted to the Te Roopu Ataawhai by Neil, due to his physical fitness and potential in the “outrigger” group-“Waka Ama”. He has been coopted as the Youth outrigger coach due to his potential in Dragon Boat paddling, Murray R marathon, yachting and lifesaver experiences.

Craig is married to Viv (who has been co-opted as photographer for TRA) and loves to travel. He loves yachting, swimming, cycling, walking and his motto is “it is about the journey not the destination”. He is very fit and will have a go at any activity! He recently finished the Great Ocean Walk with a group of friends and is currently training for “Around the Bay Bike ride”. He is also a prankster and likes to take charge of all situations and maps.

Mr Craig Elliot has been a supporting member of TRA committee for 3 years. He is Australian born and has offered his support in Victorian community sporting activities for a number of years. Mr Elliot has a degree in Mechanical Engineering, experience as a Fitter and Turner and an extensive background in sports; he recently finished the Great Ocean Walk with a group of friends and is currently training for “Around the Bay Bike ride”. Mr Elliot enjoyed his role immensely as an additional coach in the Rangatahi Waka Ama (funded) Program 2008.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Fitter and Turner, Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering
  • State Sales manager for Email Metering
  • Aussie. Is adopted by the New Zealand immigrant family

Neil Emmett

ASSOCIATE MEMBER – Technical consultant

Mr Neil Emmett has been a committee member for 3 years. Mr Emmett is currently a student at Footscray Technical school and has been involved in ship building most his life.

His charismatic wit and attitude to apply his skill set in most trades has awarded him the “Go to Guy’.
Mr Emmett was initially involved in the ‘Te Mahi Toi O Te Aatawhai project’ and was later invited to participate in the Rangatahi Waka Ama (funded) Program 2008; his experience as a Dragon Boat coach and lifesaver proved extremely worthwhile and provided the means in facilitating this program.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Student at Footscray Technical school
  • Copper Smith at Naval Docklands Williamstown (Involved in shipbuilding all of his life
  • Pipe manufacturer at Tenix
  • He has ability in all basic trades, so is a useful person for any organisation.


  • Email

    margarettetehuia@hotmail.com

  • Mobile

    0406 857 286

Margaret Te Huia


FOUNDER & PLAYER

Ko Te Arawa toku waka
Ko Tamatekapua Te rangatira-o-toku waka
Ko Tongariro toku maunga
Ko Taupo nui a Tia toku awa
Ko Ngati Tuwharetoa toku iwi
Ko Ngati Parekaawa toku hapu
Ko Te iti a motai toku marae
Ko Pakaketaiari toku Tipuna whare
Ko Parehingaawatia toku whare Kai
Ko Mokai toku urupa
Ko Awahuri raua Ko Robyn oku matua
Ko Margaret Te Huia toku ingoa

Co-Founder of Te Roopu Atawhai netball club member since its conception in January 2010.
Have been playing since the age of 5, loving the development and transformation netball has gone through over the years still passionate and keen player today.


  • Email

    anna.m.edmonds@live.com

  • Mobile

    0433 276 992

Anna Coleman



NETBALL COACH

I am of Nga Puhi Nui descent (iwi), and hail from Te Ihutai hapuu. I have my Developement coaching level and working towards my Intermediate. I have been a player for 12 years in Australia and coaching for the past 8 years. I did my foundation netball skills in N.Z so am fortunate to know both styles of play.


  • Email

    subbym29@gmail.com

  • Mobile

    0431 822 774

Sabrina Taylor



FOUNDER & PLAYER

Ko Putauaki te Maunga,
Ko Rangitaiki te Awa,
Ko Hekerangi te Whenua,
Ko Uiraroa te Whare Tipuna,
Ko Tauwhitu te Wharekai,
Ko Hinerauhuia te Whare Whanau,
Ko Ngai Tamawera te Hapuu,
Ko Ngati Awa te Iwi,
Ko Mataatua te Waka.

Sabrina’s Whanau were initially from Kawerau, but she has since been raised and schooled in Melbourne – Victoria.
Her passion derives from a family full of Netballers, in which she classifies herself as more of a social player. This in no way diminishes her genuine love and passion for the sport.
She is a new member to the Te Roopu Atawhai Netball Club, but she has supported and played in both Pacific Cup Tournaments held in 2011 & 2012.


  • Email

    ngamanureneti@windowlive.com

  • Mobile

    0431 031 750

Nga Manu Reneti



TOUCH RUGBY COACH

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Jayden Wright



PLAYER

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Hurihia Reneti



PLAYER

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Damien Ransfield



PLAYER

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Moana Cotton



PLAYER

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Adrian Wright



PLAYER

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  • Email

    bonitatarei@gmail.com

  • Mobile

    0421 947 744

Bonita Tarei



FOUNDER & PLAYER

Ko Paniora Te Maunga
Ko Manga Whero Te Awa
Ko Ngati Raukawa Te Hapu
Ko Paparamu Te Marae
Ko Tainui Te Waka

Bonita is from a small town in the Eastern Bay of Plenty district known to the locals as “KTWN” a.k.a Kawerau. She has been playing netball for over 20yrs now, and within those years she has played in representative teams in Kawerau as well as in the Auckland district.

She has been playing in Australia for 8yrs and was able to represent New Zealand in the NZ Maori Netball Team, which participated in the annual Melbourne Pacific Cup Netball Tournament 2012.


  • ninacotton17@gmail.com

Nina Cotton



SECRETARY/PUBLIC OFFICER

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Ashley Pirere



PLAYER

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Lee Wright



ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT

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Our Executive Committee Profiles


  • Email

    jeankereopa@bigpond.com

Jean Kereopa



PRESIDENT

Mrs Jean Kereopa is one of the two founding members of TRA and has been the Executive Vice-President for ten years. For the past decade Mrs Kereopa has worked closely with the Victorian community in areas of Arts, Training and Education, Sports etc and continues to strengthen links with various community groups and organisations.

Mrs Kereopa is very passionate about youth development and was instrumental in the development of the Rangatahi Waka Ama Program 2008.


  • Email

    alicia.matene@gmail.com

  • Contact Phone

    0412 576 368

Alicia Matene


VICE PRESIDENT

Ko Tainui toku Waka: My Waka is Tainui;
Ko Te Wehiwehi toku Rangatira: Te Wehiwehi is my Paramount Chief;
Ko Taupiri toku Maunga: My Mountain is Taupiri;
Ko Waipa toku Awa: My River is the Waipa;
Ko Waikato toku Iwi: Waikato is my Tribe;
Ko Ngati Te Wehiwehi toku Hapuu: Ngati Te Wehiwehi is my Sub-Tribe;
Tihei Mauriora!! The breath of Life is with me!!

BACKGROUND:

Mrs Alicia Matene is one of the founding members of TRA and has been the Senior Vice-President for ten years.  Mrs Matene and her family immigrated to Australia over 25 years ago, she along with the other founding member also recognised that resources and support for New Zealanders was either limited or non existent.

This paved the way toward the establishment of TRA and addresses some of the needs of Polynesians in Victoria particularly in the area of cultural heritage and community strengthening.

Mrs Matene remains driven, and eagerly emphasises the importance of education for minority groups and Indigenous people by example; successfully completing her Bachelor of Arts Degree, a Diploma in Public Sector Administration, completing several training certificates and numerous training courses.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Outstanding Volunteers Service (Air Marshall Sir James Rowland Award 2011)
  • Citizen of the Year (City of Brimbank 2005)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Comm; Pof Writing; Psych)
  • Diploma of Public Sector Administration
  • Certificate IV Assessment & Workplace Training
  • Certificate III Management


  • Email

    teroopuatawhai@gmail.com

Christine Sevita


SECRETARY/TREASURER/PUBLIC OFFICER

Mrs Christine Sevita has been TRA’s Treasurer for over six years and has lived in Australia for twenty years. Mrs Sevita is of Samoan descent and proudly acknowledges her “Kiwi ties”.

Mrs Sevita has an extensive background in finance; she is able to provide support and advice in most areas of finance. She is also an avid supporter and member of the Werribee Rugby League Association.