Mentors // Nga Rangatahi Toa

Mentors

Anika Moa

Anika Moa

Anika Moa

Anika started working with NRT in 2015 as a mentor for Manawa Ora to foster the talent of our precious, up-and-coming artistic youth. According to Anika, the best thing about working with NRT has been watching the rangatahi grow out of their shell and feel the freedom. “When you see self-belief in someone so young it makes you cry,” she says.

Aroha White

Aroha White

Aroha White

Aroha has been involved with NRT since 2012 as a mentor for Manawa Ora. For the actress and playwright, the best parts of working with NRT include: watching mentors try to do yoga in jeans; cracking up and then crying; creating and working as whanau; and seeing rangatahi feel the fear then smash it out of the park. “Teenagers are the boss humans and making theatre with them speaks louder than any other voice,” she says.

Coco Solid

Coco Solid

Coco Solid

Coco Solid, AKA Jessica Lee Hansell, is a musician, writer and artist. She worked with NRT as a mentor for Manawa Ora in 2015. “It twisted my melon, actual alchemy and magic happened with these genius kids… and I was so lucky to be a part of it,” she says.

Dominic Hoey

Dominic Hoey

Dominic Hoey

Dominic, also known as Tourettes is a poet, author and musician. He’s been involved with Manawa Ora and Art ACTion since 2013, making him one of our most long-standing mentors. For Dominic, NRT is an opportunity to focus his artistic knowledge and skill in a positive way. As a result, Dom says he’s learnt the power of vulnerability and love, and has kept a sense of purpose during difficult times. Outside of NRT, Dominic listens to Patti Smith and watches dog videos for inspiration.

Jess Holly-Bates

Jess Holly-Bates

Jess Holly-Bates

Jess has worked on Manawa Ora since 2015, as the production’s creative director. She chose to get involved with NRT because she believes everyone has creative potential and access to that potential creates opportunity for vulnerability, empowerment and knowing oneself. Beyond NRT, Jess is inspired by people living their truth. Her mantra? “Real human connection is practice. It is intentional and it is vulnerable.”

Lance Fepuleai

Lance Fepuleai

Lance Fepuleai

Lance Fepuleai, AKA Lucky Lance, is a DJ, rapper and songwriter. Inspired by sacrifice and good intent, Lance has been involved with NRT since 2015 as a mentor for Manawa Ora and Takatu. Lance says he chose to get involved because of NRT’s clear direction and methods that he believes best benefit today’s youth.