Our People

WHO WE ARE

Huia O’Sullivan | Executive director

 

Ngā Rangatahi Toa’s executive director, Huia O’Sullivan (Te Atiawa ki Taranaki), has deep experience in youth development programmes and the issues and challenges that young people face in seizing educational and career opportunities. She has worked with Ngā Rangatahi Toa since 2016, first as Director of Engagement before becoming Executive Director in 2018.

Huia believes in working alongside young people and in the power of programmes grounded in Te Aō Māori to teach wellbeing and coping strategies. She has worked in positive youth development for over 22 years in wide and varied roles dedicated to a single purpose: to serve and advocate for young people while facilitating the process of them finding their own voices.

She has worked at the Families Commission, co-designing with community the document “Thriving in Practice” which is the current theory of change that is embedded in Ngā Rangatahi Toa’s work. When Huia’s not leading youth wānanga, creating or writing funding proposals, you’ll find her on her longboard skating, snowboarding or travelling.

AHI KAA

Nikau Hindman

Nikau Hindman is a young creative with whakapapa to Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Māmoe and Waitaha.

Raised in Te Henga, West Auckland, Nikau is a music producer and rapper, releasing his first Album ‘Blacksand’ in 2020.

He has supported Ngā Rangatahi Toa since 2019 as a Youth worker and creative mentor.

He works as part of the Tai Toka Ahi internship programme alongside Rewi Spraggon as the Hāngi Masters.

Indiana Panoho

Ko Kohatu me Manaia ōku maunga. Ko Mangakahia tōku awa. Ko Kaipara me Whangārei Terenga Paraoa ōku Moana. Ko Ngāpuhi tōku iwi, Ko Ngāti Te Rino me Patuharakeke ōku hapu. No Mangakahia me Takahiwai ahau. Indy grew up in Te Tai Tokerau, attending Ruawai College and earning the role of Deputy Head Girl and awarded Proxime Accessit in 2020. Te Ao Māori has always been one of Indy’s biggest passions and to have the opportunity to combine that passion with her mahi was an opportunity that couldn’t be missed. Indy has been a part of the Ngā Rangatahi Toa whānau since June 2023.

Olivia Pickering

He uri au nō Ngāpuhi. Ki te taha o tōku papa nō Poroti me Ōmanaia ahau. Ki te taha o tōku mama nō Takahiwai ahau. Ko Olivia Mereana Pickering taku ingoa.

Olivia is the Programme Coordinator for North and West at Ngā Rangatahi Toa.  It is the mana of her two nannie’s and her values instilled by her whānau that drive her passion to work on ground level with our rangatahi to achieve equitable outcomes. She loves to be immersed in te ao Māori and believes there is a power that comes from standing in your true self and allowing your tūpuna to guide you.

ARTISTIC ADVISORS

Laughton Kora is the lead singer of the international band Kora, and musical director for Grease and Amadeus. He is a Theatre director and singer /songwriter. He has been an artist mentor at NRT since 2017.

Chris Graham’s acting career spans a number of decades and also works within the education system enabling young people as a resource teacher learning and behaviour (RTLB). He has been apart of our creative artist Manawa Ora for the 2018 season and contributed to the further development of artists, peer support and rangatahi to get them show ready for the sell-out Basement Theatre season of Manawa Ora 2018. & 2019

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Carey Tasker (Ngāti Whakaue) is the chairman of the board of Ngā Rangatahi Toa. He is a chartered accountant currently working as a Principal Commercial Advisor at Auckland Council.

Shelby Roberts Ko Ngapuhi taku iwi, Ko Ngati kura taku hapu.

Shelby is a values-based decision-maker with experience in navigating both private and public sector organisations. She shares her home with her husband, their four tamariki, her mama Jennifer and kuri (dog) named Ramona.

Ingrid Gordon is a mother of three, chief runabout, passionate sideline supporter and business owner. Her interests are in health and wellbeing, sports and fitness, combined with a passion for supporting youth with their dreams, however that looks for them.

Valance Smith is of Māori (Ngāti Mahuta, Te Parawhau, Te Uriroroi, Te Mahurehure ki Whatitiri), English and Chinese descent. As Kaihautū Tiriti – Tiriti Strategist for AUT, Valance provides strategic leadership to the Vice Chancellors Office, as well as academic and cultural leadership across the university. His current research includes mātauranga Māori solutions for Kauri Dieback, and maramataka and its connection to physical activity.