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.
Renee Jones | Operations Manager
Renee Jones (Ngāi Tahu/Ngāti Apa/Moriori) has 25 years’ administrative, sales and publicity experience in a range of creative industries, and has been a DJ on Auckland radio station 95bFM for 30 years. She is passionate about the arts in all forms, and the value that creativity brings to people’s lives. She loves music and animals, and is married with one child.
Kaleb Cave | Youth Development Practitioner
“No Te Arawa Waka, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui. I was raised in Ōtara and have lived in South Auckland for all of my life. I have worked in youth work for over eighteen years and have enjoyed many volunteering roles during this time. I have always had a huge enthusiasm for rangatahi and whānau, and because of a passion in the creative arts have been able to really build confidence in the young people I have worked alongside. My focus on youth work has always been around the building of resilience in rangatahi so that they are able to be self-directed and empowered to grow.
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
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 is a values-based decision maker with a 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.
Kay Hawk is a founding director of The Education Group who has worked for the last two decades in primary, intermediate and secondary schools throughout New Zealand in a wide range of capacities. Her doctoral research is on school decline and failure and how to prevent these.
Graham Tipene (Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei) in an Auckland-based artist who works on everything from tā moko to large collaborative projects. He is also on the board of the Auckland Arts Festival.
Jeremy Hansen is a communications professional and former journalist. He encountered the work of Ngā Rangatahi Toa during his time editing Paperboy magazine, a free Auckland weekly, and now works for the Britomart Group on arts and culture projects in the downtown Auckland precinct.
David Ross is a chartered accountant and company director. He is, among other responsibilities, the chairman of Rialto Distribution Ltd, and a trustee of the NZ Arts Foundation