Education & Social Services Team

Inspiring Whānau Achievement

The Education and Social Services Team provide a variety of projects and services with a focus on education strategies and raising educational achievement:

Projects currently delivered under Education services include:

  • Ngāti Pikiao Education Strategy
    • Publication and distribution of Pikiao specific teaching and learning resources
  • Ngāti Pikiao Whānau Education
    • Raising participation rates for tamariki in Early Childhood Centres
    • Raising achievement rates in NCEA L2 for Māori students
  • Incredible Years Parenting programme

Our Team

Pare Merito
Kaiwhakahaere (interim), Manager Education & Social Services
Ngāti Pikiao, PGDMngt (Māori Development)

​Pare has been with the Rūnanga since 1998, and has extensive experience in all facets related to the management area.  She is responsible for managing the Education and Social Service arms of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Pikiao Trust, and has held the interim Kaiwhakahaere position since March 2015.

She is also the key contact person within the Rūnanga to support Ngāti Pikiao Iwi events including the Ngāti Pikiao Ahurei & Ngati Pikiao Poukai.

Moewaka Te Rangi-Trotman
Whānau Education Coordinator
Ngāti Rongomai/Ngāti Pikiao

Moe is currently studying for a Bachelor of Social Services and hopes to continue onto her Masters. She has been employed with the Rūnanga since 2014.

Moe has worked as a Whānau Ora Paearahi (Navigator) before training as a Facilitator for the Incredible Years Parenting Programme which she is now working towards programme accreditation for the Rūnanga. Moe also works with our rangatahi, whānau and kura to support educational achievement. Moe loves her job and is passionate about working for her Iwi.

Hinehou Stoneham
Social Services, Whānau Ora Pae Arahi

Ko Pukenui-O-Raho te maunga, Ko Te Tatai O Waiotahe te awa, Ko Mataatua te waka, Ko Te Upokorehe te Iwi, Ko Te Upokorehe te hapū

Hinehou has a dual role, as Whānau Ora Paearahi and advocate for people working with WINZ. For Hinehou every whānau is unique, every moemoea is time well spent and every achievement is magical. Hinehou's kete has been enriched with a wide array of life experiences beginning with raising her children, watching her mokopuna and tuarua flourish and, through her work as a Corrections Officer, a CYFS Social Worker/Supervisor and a Probation Officer.

Ange Tipu
Social Services, Whānau Ora Pae Arahi
Te Arawa, Ngati Pikiao, Ngāti Porou, Tainui me Ngāti Kahungunu, Wairoa descendant

In the past Ange has worked for Ngāti Porou Hauora Mental Health Services, Rotorua Lakes District Health Board, Māori Mental Health Team, Te Utuhina Manaakitanga Rehabilitation Whare and IRIS Disabilities.

The skills and expertise that Ange has gained over the years has helped her understand deeply the challenges that families face and through experience she knows the power of Whānau Ora as a tool for whānau transformation. Ange is absolutely a proud Nanny, Mum, Aunty and Sister to all her beautiful whānau who she loves so dearly.

Te Pae Akurangi Fitzell
Social Services
Kia Piki te Ora Project Leader

Te Arawa, Mataatua

Te Pae has been at the Rūnanga for nearly two years as a Suicide Prevention Project Leader. She is passionate about her role and the importance of whanau wellbeing. As one of the co-ordinators of the National Suicide Prevention Conference 2015 and the World Indigenous Suicide Prevention Conference 2016 she believes that our identity, culture and traditions are the key for our wellbeing for Māori suicide prevention. Te Pae is passionate about the success and potential of our rangatahi and also works alongside our Youth Advisory Group, 2morrows Rangatira.

He kākano ahau i ruia mai i Rangiātea! I am a seed which was sewn in the heavens of Rangiatea
Michael Naera
Social Services
Kia Piki te Ora Project Leader

Te Arawa

Michael has made significant contributions for improving mental health services and suicide prevention strategies and activities for Māori across Aotearoa. He sat on the Te Waka Hourua Advisory Group; Te Whakauruora Reference Group; the Outcomes Framework Advisory for Ministry of Health; and Hinetitama Research Project Advisory. Michael was also one of the co-coordinators for the 2015 National Suicide Prevention Conference and the World Indigenous Suicide Prevention Conference for 2016.

Pip Newton


​Te maunga Ko Putauaki, Te awa ko te Rangitaiki, Te waka ko Mataatua, Te whenua I tipu…Ko Teteko. Pip has been working with Te Rūnanga o Ngati Pikiao for three years. The approach she takes working with individuals and whanau is that you are the experts in your own lives. She works with depression, anxiety, separation, anger, PTSD, gay and lesbian relationships (takatapui). She also supports people who have experienced sexual, physical and mental abuse and addictions along side secialised support in these areas.

People say it is the most challenging working with whanau ( this is true), but I say it is the most rewarding. Kia Ora!
Neihana Mackey
Youth Development Leader
Suicide Prevention Team


​Kei aku nui, Kei aku rahi tenei a Waikato taniwha rau e mihi ana - Tena tatou katoa. My Name is Neihana Mackey, my iwi affiliations are Waikato and Ngapuhi. My wife (Renee Hemana-Mackey) is Ngāti Pikiao descent and a direct descendant of Pokiha Hemana (paramount chief of te Arawa). I am the Youth Development Leader at Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Pikiao and also sit on the Suicide Prevention team as the lead facilitator for our rangatahi wānanga allowing me to connect and interact with rangatahi. I am passionate about youth and helping them discover their point of difference. I believe that all young people have the ability to achieve their dreams and aspirations through guidance , nurturing, manaakitanga and aroha.

I believe that to safe guard our future we need to invest more time into our rangatahi the leaders of tomorrow, encouraging a stronger sense of belonging and identity so that the benefits are abundant for generations to come.