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

Carl Te Ahuru 

NASC Whanau Ora (Needs Assessment & Services Co-ordination)

Ko Tongariro te Maunga
Ko Taupo-nui-a-tia te Moana
Ko Te Arawa te Waka
Ko Ngati Tuwharetoa te Iwi

Carl has returned home to Tauranga after 22 years living in Dunedin.  While he was there, Carl worked in the field of community and forensic mental health as well as cultural education.

Carl has developed a passion for working with and supporting tangata whaiora.

He credits Whaea Rahera Biddle for her support for him in his early days and for all the awesome mahi she has done during her time with Pirirakau Hauora.


Sharon Richmond

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Ko Pico Mildito te Maunga
Ko Tagus te awa
Ko Reinstag te waka
Ko Whakauru te iwi

My name is Sharon Richmond. As you can see from my pepeha I have an interesting mix of ancestry, primarily
European but also from North Africa. My ancestors arrived in Aotearoa as early as 1816 and the rest as they say is history. 
I have lived in Tauranga Moana for over 20 years, but grew up in the South Island where both of my daughters Krystal and Summa were born.  Both girls attended Te Puna school, then moved onto Otumoetai College. Krystal works as a beauty therapist, and Summa is an early childhood teacher.
I currently live in Ohauiti with my 12-year-old niece Mylee, our cat Pearl and our rabbit Peaches.  I love being
active and have a variety of hobbies including painting, gardening, soap making, restoring furniture and reading. As a whanau we spend time exploring and discovering new places.

I have had many different roles in my life and have trained as a chef, have qualifications in organic horticulture and am a registered social worker.
I am the new Child, & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)  kaimahi for Pirirakau Hauora. This means that I will work closely with kura/schools, and other services who have a focus on children and young people. The hope is that with when our children have a holistic wrap around service they will be more likely to see their hopes and dreams come to life. 

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Moana Rayner 

Flexi Respite Care & Kaumatua Programme Co-ordinator

Ko Mauao te Maunga
Ko Tauranga te Moana
Ko Mataatua te Waka
Ko Ngati Pukenga te Iwi
Ko Nga Potiki te Hapu

Moana was born in Tauranga and lived in Welcome Bay, where she grew up and attended Otepou School & Tauranga Girls College.  In 1985 her whānau moved to Te Puna, where she raised her four sons.

Moana has been with Pirirakau Hauora since 2006, and has held numerous roles including; Tamariki Ora & Whānau Ora Kaimahi and Kaumatua Programme Coordinator.  She was our Coordinator for Whānau Ora services, supporting whānau within the community of Pirirakau, and now has moved into the Kaupapa Maori Flexi Respite Kaumatua programme co-ordinator

Working at Pirirakau Hauora, Moana enjoys attending various training to enhance the work she does, she is enjoying her work with whānau members within Pirirakau Rohe.


Michelle Horne 

Whānau Ora Kaiarahi/Navigator

Ki te taha o toku Māmā
Ko Mauāo te Maunga
Ko Tauranga te moana
Ko Takitimu raua ko Mataatua ōku waka
Ko Ngati Ranginui rāua ko Ngai te Rangi ōku iwi
Ko Pirirākau te hapu
Ko Paparoa rāua ko Tutereinga ōku marae

Ki te taha o toku Pāpā
Ko Matawhaura te Maunga
Ko Maketu te Moana
Ko Te Arawa te Waka
Ko Te Arawa te iwi
Ko Ngati Whakahemo raua Ko Ngati Makino oku hapu
Ko Pukehina te Marae

Michelle’s role here is to work alongside our whānau to achieve whānau prosperity and wellbeing – Mauri Ora, Mauri Tau
Whānau Ora Kaiārahi is a whanau centered approached to empower whānau in creating their own future goals, plans, and aspirations. Supporting whānau in moving forward with what it is that they are aspiring to achieve within the lense of Te Ao Maori frameworks “Nga Hoe o Whānau Ora” He Whai Rawa – Economically Secure, Mātauranga – Whānau Knowledge, Toi Oranga – Whanau Health, Kaitiakitanga – Whanau Relationships, Te Aō Māori – Whānau engagement in Te Ao Maōri, He Whai Rawa – Whanau standards of living
Michelle embraces this role with passion and is here to support our whanau/community in aspiring to forward planning and succeeding to positive future whānau aspirations.


Joanne Kahotea

Whānau Ora Support Worker

Ko Rangiuru toku maunga
Ko Te Arawa toku waka
Ko Kaituna toku awa
Ko Tapuika toku iwi
Ko Ngati Tuheke toku hapu
Ko Makahae toku marae

Joanne is new to this role so shes looking forward to learning and working with all the other services available to our whānau. Working with our whanau and helping them in anyway I can is what I’m most passionate about.


Naomi Egan

Homecare Support Services Coordinator

Ko Mauao te Maunga
Ko Mataatua me Takitimu ngā Waka
Ko Tauranga te Moana
Ko Ngai Te Rangi te Iwi
Ko Ngati Tapu te Hapu
Ko Waikari te Marae

Naomi grew up in Papamoa with her grandparents and is the eldest of 6 children.
She loves spending time with her whānau and friends and also enjoys being outdoors and travelling.

Her role at Pirirākau Hauora is Administrator/Coordinator for our Kaumatua Home Care Support Services. Her vision and passion is to provide the best support and care for our staff and for all of our support workers and clients in the community.


Natalie Rikirangi

Homecare Support Services Coordinator

Coming soon...

Arahia Rakena

Homecare Support Services Administration

Ko Mauao tōku Maunga
Ko Tauranga te Moana
Ko Takitimu te Waka
Ko Ngāti Ranginui te Iwi
Ko Pirirākau te Hapū
Ko Tutereinga te Marae

I am married mother of two. I have spent most of my childhood in Australia from ages 5-12, but other than that I have mainly been in Te Puna or Welcome Bay. I love sports and music

I am Admin for HCSS. I am new to working in the health sector but I have previously worked in Admin and customer service. I am hoping to bring a fresh perspective to the role and get to know my Pirirakau whanau a little more.

Kerekau Nicholas

Te Ihu Waka Programme Coordinator

Mauao te Maunga
Tauranga te Moana
Taakitimu te Waka
Ngati Ranginui te Iwi
Pirirakau me Ngati Taka nga Hapu
No nga marae e wha o te Pirirakau

Kia Ora, I am Te Kerekau Nicholas, born and raised in Te Puna. I have a Bachelor in Sport and Recreation and have been a part of Pirirakau Hauora since mid 2014. I am the Coordinator for the Te Ihu Waka Tikanga Programme that is done in collaboration with the Department of Corrections.

Wiremu Toma

Rangatahi Services Coordinator

Tēnā koutou katoa I tipu ake au ki ngā matatahuna e kiii anei ko nga moutere whakaruruhau o Tauranga Moana, Ko Matakana ko Rangiwaea ko Motuhoa. He raukura tupu tenei no roto mai i te kaupapa o te kura a iwi, he toroa whakakoko no Te Wharekura o Mauao.
I mua I taku tono i tēnei turanga he kaiawhina au ki Te Kohanga reo o Matakana mo ngā tau e rua. He tangata ngakau nui tenei ki Te Reo Māori me ona tikanga, engari ko te kapa haka te tino tuāpapa ki te
orangatonutanga o tēnei maori.

Kia Ora, My name is Wiremu Toma and I grew up on the islands known as the protectors of our harbour, those islands being Matakana, Rangiwaea & Motuhoa. I am a product of Kura a Iwi I am a student of Te Wharekura o Mauao. Before I applied for this job I was a Kaiawhina at Te Kohanga reo o Matakana for two years. Te Reo Maori and tikanga are a huge part of my life, in sayi8ng that kapa haka (Maori Performing Arts) is a big part of my foundation and who I am as maori.
I have been granted the Privilege of working in the Rangatahi Services alongside Brody Leathem, I am looking forward to working alongside brody and the other kaimahi within Pirirakau hauora and engaging with the local rangatahi by keeping them informed of the importance of their health & wellbeing as well as helping them to achieve some personal goals they may have set out for themselves. If you have any patai, you can call into the hauora and come and see me, or else you can reach me on the phone. Once again I look forward to working alongside our rangatahi.

Mauri tu Mauri Tau Mauri Ora!

Brody Leathem

Rangatahi Services Coordinator

I am fortunate to have grown up in and moved back home to live near Mauao, with the ocean in my ears as both muse and playground. Mum was born in Fiji and returned to grow up in Te Puke, and Dad was born in Mangakino and grew up in King Country, meeting Mum after he moved to Pāpāmoa. My Grandma lives nearby, and I have a younger sister and brother.
I am a keen muso and like jamming with sax or guitar, and can (usually) find the harmonies alright. I feel privileged to be one of your new Rangatahi Co-ordinators. My first job is whakawhanaungatanga (ft.date scones - my specialty) so I can learn how we can illuminate and affirm the greatness of Pirirakau whakapapa.
Aroha mai, aroha atu