Te Paepae Arahi Trust is comprised of full-time and part-time staff, including qualified accredited DAPAANZ Clinicians, Counsellors, Social Workers, Support Workers, and ancillary staff. All of our team are part of the wider whānau of Te Paepae Arahi Trust and are very passionate about our mahi in supporting whānau of Te Awakairangi. 

We also acknowledge previous kaimahi who have worked for and with us, as our broader whānau for whom we are very grateful for their contributions to our Trust and our communities. Our connections remain with you all.

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Mana Kaiwhakahaere 

(General Manager)


"Kotahi te kākano, he nui ngā hua o te rākau" - it only takes one good intention to bear many good things.


Jeremy is of Ngaariki Kaiputahi, Te Aitanga a Mahaaki, Ngati Porou and Ngai Tuhoe decent.


Jeremy has been the General Manager of Te Paepae Arahi Trust since June 2019, and enjoys his role working with a caring and dedicated team supporting whānau. Jeremy has extensive experience working in a range of sectors including roles within the Ministry of Health, GP Practice management, DHB Health management, NGO health and Social services management, Philanthropy, and community and education sectors. 

Jeremy is passionate about whānau wellbeing and our collective whakapapa.


The picture here includes Jeremy and John Whaanga (right), one of Te Paepae Arahi's founding members.




Kaimahi Rangatahi (Youth Worker)


"Tama tu, tama ora, mauri tu, mauri ora"

Jarad is of Rongomaiwahine and Rongowhakaata decent.

Raised in the Hutt Valley, he currently works exclusively with the rangatahi of Te Awakairangi where he is dedicated to the promotion of their well-being,

journeying alongside them as they endeavour to achieve their individual goals.

He has over 6 years of experience working within the Youth Education/Support sector and is also a very talented musician!! We are proud to have Jarad on our team.

Contact: jarad@tepaepae.co.nz


Kaimahi Rangatahi

(Youth Worker)

Kaitautoko (Support Worker)

"He kakano ahau I ruia mai I Rangiatea" - I am a seed born of greatness.

Nicole is a descendant of both Ngati Tuwharetoa and Ngati Raukawa, and a tuturu Wainui local (used to own a Cadillac). She currently leads and co-facilitates the in school Ngatahi Takitahi 

programme within Te Awakairangi. She also works actively out in the community as a Kaitautoko. 



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Kaiwhakamahereora - Counsellor

“Iti nei, iti nei” - take small steps to achieve your goals...

Rebecca is a registered Counsellor with The New Zealand Association of Counsellors / Te Roopu Kaiwhiriwhiri o Aotearoa (NZAC)  

She has spent her whole professional career dedicated and passionately working in the mental health and addictions field where she is supporting and walking alongside tangata whaiora in their journey.




Kaiwhakarite (Social Worker)
Kaitautoko (Support Worker)


“Mehemea ke moemoeā ahau,

Ko ahau anake.

Mehemea ka moemoeā tātou,

Ka taea e tātou”.


“If I dream, I dream.

If we all dream together,

We can succeed.”

Nā Te Puea Hērangi

Imogen (Tangata Tiriti of Irish decent) is a qualified social worker, and is part of our AOD counselling team. Imogen’s social work background includes her areas of special interest in whanau/parenting support, maternal and infant mental health, healthy relationships, sexual violence trauma recovery and empowering women. Imogen also has a background in the arts, and particularly enjoys encouraging tangata whaiora in exploring their creativity as a pathway to wellbeing.


Contact: imogen@tepaepae.co.nz 


Kaimahi Rangatahi

(Youth Worker)

Kaitautoko (Support Worker)

"Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari kē he toa takitini" - ‘My strength is not that of a single warrior but that of many.’

Soraya is of Rongomaiwahine, Ngai Te Rakato, Ngati Kahungunu decent. Proudly (and loudly) from Te Mahia Peninsula in Hawkes Bay, she has over 8 years of experience working in the Youth Education sector.


When she's not in the community as a Kaitautoko she is leading and co-facilitating the Ngatahi Takitahi programme, and supporting the 2 Face Drama Youth programme.





(Clinician & Counselor)
Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD)
Kaitautoko/Support Worker

IDAC Facilitator Upper Hutt

"He aroha whakatō, he aroha puta mai" - If kindness is sown, then kindness you shall receive.

Tim is one of our 'kaimahi toa' and karaoke kings who originally hails from Hawaii, and he has been a resident in Aotearoa for over 20 years. He facilitates the Upper Hutt Impaired Drivers Awareness Course (IDAC), and both Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt Men's Groups. He also provides Addictions and Mental health counselling.





Kaiwhakamahereora Waranga (Addictions Counsellor) 

Kaiwhakarite (Social Worker)
Kaitautoko (Support Worker) 

IDAC Facilitator Lower Hutt 


"I orea te tuatara ka puta ki waho" - A problem is solved by continuing to find solutions. 


Jasmine is of Whakatohea and Ngā Puhi descent. Jasmine co-facilitates our IDAC programme and Women’s Group, and is a qualified Social Worker with AOD and DAPAANZ competencies. Jasmine is dedicated to helping wahine, tane and their families achieve whānau ora. Jasmine uses client centered and strengths based approaches to help tangata whaiora to achieve a sense of purpose and wellness. 





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Kaiawhina Rātonga

(Clinical Administrator)

"He waka eke noa" We are all in this together!!


Charlotte (aka Harata or "Hudz")is of Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Maniapoto descent, and comes from a line of Holden/Ford whakapapa in Naenae. She is the pou tokomanawa and Clinical Administrator and Lead Kaiawhina of our organisation. Harata is also a passionate dog owner and a caring team member who basically looks after everyone to the best of her abilities, and keeps us in line. 



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Kaitautoko - Primary Healthcare Support Worker.


"Poipoia te kākano kia puawai" - Nurture the seed and it will blossom.


Gretchen is a Registered Comprehensive Nurse and has extensive experience in a wide variety of nursing roles in Aotearoa and Australia. Gretchen also provisional DAPAANZ accreditation.

Gretchen is passionate about working in partnership with tangata whaiora to pursue wellness through improving health literacy and lifestyle habits, strengthening identity and incorporating wairua into everyday life. 



Kaitautoko - Support Worker 


"Kaua e mate wheke mate ururoa" - "Don't give up no matter how hard the struggle is" 

Greg is a tuakana and kaitautoko who co-facilitates the mens group, and supports individuals, particularly tāne, in achieving recovery and wellness. Greg is passionate about te āo Māori and our environment, and supporting our whānau in connecting and re-connecting in our culture.



Kaitautoko - Support Worker 


"Ahakoa he iti he pounamu" - although it is small, it is precious...


Tiipene is a kaitautoko who works across our organisation and also The Bridge AOD Residential service, in supporting our whānau through cultural connection and framing wellbeing and recovery froma te ao Māori perspective.

Tiipene is very much kaupapa focused and also share his passion of music and life with us and his growing whānau.



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Kaiwhakatau Manuhiri


“Ko taku reo taku ohooho, ko taku reo taku mapihi mauria - 

My language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul"

Araiyah hails from Taranaki (Patea) and Ngati Porou (Gisborne/Rangitukia), and is really passionate about her connection to te āo Māori, women’s health, music production and creative Arts. Araiyah is also passionate about her life experiences in mental health, and her commitment to supporting whānau, and she brings awesome energy to our team and manuhiri. 



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Access and Choice Community Support Worker

Addictions Counsellor

Impaired Driver's Awareness Course Co-Facilitator

Wāhine Group Co-Facilitator


"Mauria te pono - believe in yourself"

Lania is of Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa, Ngāti Porou and Tainui descent who grew up in the heart of Wainuiomata.

As a recent graduate of Addictions & Counselling Level 7 and experience supporting whānau with Mental Health and Addictions, you’ll find Lania weaving together cultural frameworks of engagement and strength-based practice to uplift the mana of tangata whaiora in collaboration of encouraging their journey towards restoring their ora (wellbeing).

Contact: Lania@tepaepae.co.nz