Huia has been working with Ngā Rangatahi Toa since 2016, first as Director of Engagement. She became Executive Director in 2018. The best thing about Huia’s job is that she’s surrounded by people striving for a better world. Her background is in positive youth development, statuary organisations, kaupapa Māori, and community development. Now she focuses on strengthening Ngā Rangatahi Toa’s whānau relationships and taking the organisation’s programmes to as many rangatahi as possible.
Whānau Relationships Coordinator
I wanted to work at Ngā Rangatahi Toa because I loved the idea of young people having access to arts. The kaupapa and the crew supporting NRT felt like my people.
The skills I bring to the organisation are: I bring heart… Sounds lame but I’m passionate about creating connections and sharing authentic truth. I’m a therapist by trade but first and foremost I’m a human with heaps of love to give.
In my spare time I’m walking up various maunga, fishing, dancing, talking heaps, looking for birds, laughing with anyone, cuddling animals and eating delicious kai.
Youth Development Mentor
I was drawn to Ngā Rangatahi Toa because of korero of their awesome mahi that they have done with our rangatahi in the community, but what solidified my drive to want to be apart of this is the people. My first meeting with Huia, Jess and the rangatahi, I knew this is where I am meant to be. To be able to listen and amplify the voices of our rangatahi is the best way possible to give back to our communities.
I feel that I bring a strong sense of being comfortable with who you are to Ngā Rangatahi Toa, kotahitanga as well as a good sense of humour.
In my free time I spend a lot of it running (walking lol) with my kuri, laughing and eating with my whānau & friends and also putting in work at the gym D7.
I love young people (and old people… actually all people) and I love seeing people be the best versions of themselves. I think we are all capable of amazing things, and that young people are particularly incredible. I wanted to work with Ngā Rangatahi Toa to help our rangatahi be the best they can be, and our organisation be the best that we can be.
I bring organisation to our google drive, good punctuation to our contracts and a really, really loud laugh to most conversations. I also bring warmth, integrity and efficiency to Ngā Rangatahi Toa.
I’m studying a Bachelor of Leadership for Change at the moment and am working on my reo Māori. Also super grateful that I get to be a Refugee Resettlement Volunteer with the Red Cross and I have a huuuuge whānau and many friends. So there’s not much free time but when I have it, I cry happy tears watching Ellen changing lives.