PIRIRĀKAU HAUORA CHARITABLE TRUST

Kaupapa Maori Health Care Services
in Te Puna, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.
07 552 4573

Janice Kuka - Chairperson

Ngāi Te Rangi / Ngāti Ranginui

Janice Kuka is of Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngāti Ranginui descent and is the managing director of Ngā Mataapuna Oranga.   She spent her earlier years being educated at the local convent school in Te Puna then went on to Ōtūmoetai College.

Janice has a professional background in Social Work and Community development.  She gained her formal qualifications in later years through Massey University whilst working as a Medical Social Worker at Tauranga hospital.  During this period Janice was seconded to set up a Kaupapa Māori Services Unit across secondary.  This Unit provided Māori specific services within the hospital as well as follow up services in the community.

The development of hapū and community health has always been a strong interest for Janice and over the years has actively remained committed to this transformation process.  

Janice is a Board member of a number of Community and Hauora Trusts both locally and regionally.

Colleen Leef

Ngāti Ranginui 

Colleen grew up at Omokoroa & Whakamarama and attended these primary schools and Tauranga College.  Colleen left college to pursue a career in nursing, however, due to her age that wasn’t possible, so worked for NZ Post as a telephone operator, with the intention of taking up nursing later.

Colleen married Sid and lived at Mauao, and their whānau grew, from one to eight.  When the older ones left home, the opportunity to train as a nurse wasn’t a priority, so went to work.

Several years in health care for the elderly, at Mauao Rest homes, and ten years as a coordinator for kaumatua at Carruth Day Centre in Tauranga, and as coordinator one day a week for kaumatua at Hillier centre, also several years as a volunteer driver and assistant for Mount Maunganui St Johns Ambulance. Then Sid and Colleen moved home to Raropua [Te Puna] and now spend more time being involved with interests, relating to whānau, health, marae, hapū, and iwi, and seeing the on-going improvements to the community.

Frank Borell

Ngāti Ranginui

Frank was born in Te Puna and has one brother and two sisters.  Frank went to Te Puna School and Hato Petera in Auckland.  On leaving school he joined the Railways and was there for 40 years as a Loco Engineer and spent his last few years in Management, before retiring in 1989.  From 1990-92 he was involved with the alterations of Paparoa Marae alongside Bill Borell, he then became involved with Tourism ventures at Paparoa, he has recently handed over the responsibility of welcoming our tourists to Joseph (Bill) Borell.

Frank has been a Board Member of Pirirakau Hauora since 1999, and regularly assists us in the role of Kaikorero to welcome new staff members and powhiri for our programmes.  Frank says "Our dream was to purchase 'Te Oturu', and I am very proud to have been part of this process".  Frank helps to maintain the grounds at Te Oturu and Paparoa Marae.

His interests include Tennis & Golf.

Frank has been married for 57 years to Patricia Borell and has 1 son, 2 daughters and 4 mokopuna.  The passing of his wife Patsy has been the saddest day of his memories.  She loved her roses, and had over 100 plants, which Frank tends for her to this very day.

Harold Rawson

Ngāti Ranginui

Harold was born and raised in Te Puna.  He attended Hato Petera College and after leaving school went to work for the Tauranga Power Board, where he remained for 30 years. 

After being made redundant Harold went on to become an Owner/Driver for City Cabs in Tauranga.  When he was 49yrs he attended University for 4 years.

Harold is currently employed as a school bus driver for Uzabus and has worked for this company for the last 16 years.  He has only ever had 2 employers in his working career and has worked everyday since he was 17 years old.

Tame Kuka

Ngāti Ranginui

Kororia ki te Runga Rawa e maungarongo ki te whenua, whakaaro pai ki nga tangata katoa.
Tuatahi ka mihi ki ou tatou tini mate o te Pirirakau otira ki Tauranga Moana hoki, haere koutou, haere haere haere, moe mai ra.
Ki a tatou te hunga ora kia kaha ki a tatou ki te pupuri ki te kawe hoki i to tatou nei reo me nga tikanga hoki i waihotia ai e o tatou nei tupuna.

My name is Tame Kuka.

I am a passionate educationalist and all my life I have been driven by the values and teachings of Te Ao Maori.
I was a teacher for over 40 years and ended my teaching years as Principal of Te Wharekura o Mauao.  My present drive is towards establishing a Trade Training Centre for Maori as I believe the Trades are where there is economic advancement and stability.

I am also a passionate Pirirakau person, born and bred here, where the Church and Marae had a big influence on my life.
Presently I am involved in the Health area helping in both the physical and spiritual well-being of our people.

Ma te Atua tatou katoa hei tiaki hei manaaki