Our Team

Chief Executive
Team Leader
Executive Assistant
Administrator/E Tu Wairoa Coordinator
Practice Manager
Wairoa Housing Strategy Coordinator
Registered Social Worker
Whanau Against Meth Coordinator

The Mantra Team

Mantra Facilitator
Mantra Facilitator

Whangaia Nga Pa Harakeke ki Wairoa

FIT Constable (Family Intervention Team)

GOVERNANCE: Chairman's Overview

It is with real pride that I work alongside the women and men of Enabled Wairoa.

Privileging Whanau voice serves as a platform for everything we do, and with this in mind we take enormous pride in the growth of our services from 5 to 13 in the last two years.

This energised approach is simply because the outcomes of our mahi impact on people’s lives in at times, such a profound way that our mission is to deliver responsive services that match community need as much as our resources will allow.

Innovation is the fun part of what we do and is evidenced in amongst others things with,

• Whanau against meth community programmes delivered by Whanau for Whanau

• Crisis support service that responds to vulnerable whanau

• “Mantra” programme that has helped currently over 250 people understand how past events

have negatively impacted on them and provided them with a changed mind-set providing for more empowered life choices and the remarkable possibilities that have been created from that

• New family violence programmes that work for both men and women who seek change and empowerment for

themselves and their whanau

• Emergency housing solutions that deliver tangible options for our clients in real need

The determination and leadership which has allowed the Trust to achieve so much, with at times so little, is in no small part due to the extraordinary commitment displayed by each and every member of our team.

A huge thank you goes to all the organisations and people who support the valuable work of Enabled Wairoa both financially and with the gift of their time.

Together we are creating a world-class agency by whanau for whanau.

Noho ora mai

Mark Oberman

Trust Chairman


Shelley Smith
Cheif Exexutive

I am born and bred in Wairoa with a Partner of 34 years.
I have three adult children and two beautiful grandsons.

I have a great respect and hope for Wairoa, and I feel this is the energy I bring to my mahi.

I have been the Chief Executive since 2011, and my wairura and aroha for this community is as strong today as it was then.

Prior to this position my previous business experience included business ownership, catering, school executive administration and accountancy.

Together, the Trust and now Enabled Wairoa, has been instrumental in identifying trends and issues in the Wairoa Community.

We have worked hard to increase the support to its people, while striving to deliver a higher quality of service and support to Whanau in crisis.

Enabled Wairoa has a passionate, supportive proactive governance who are in tune with the needs of our Community whilst always ensuring there is a high quality of care for our team.

The frontline practitioners and administrative team are all local, and each in their own way, dedicated to supporting the ongoing wellbeing of our Community, Whanau, Hapu and Iwi into the future.

Te aroha me te Marama


Yuanita Hema
Executive Assistant

EA. Staff Photo-Yuanita

Ko Ruarakaiputara te Maunga
Ko Wairoa te Awa
Ko Taihoa te Marae
Ko Ngati Kurupakiaka te Hapu
Ko Ngati Kahungunu ki te Wairoa te Iwi
Ko Takitimu te Waka
Ko Yuanita Hema toku ingoa
Ko Wayne Hema toku hoa-rangatira
Ko Cullen raua ko Wyatt oku tama/riki
No Wairoa ahau.

Our parents, my husband and I and now our children are all 100% made in Wairoa and our love for our beautiful home is extensive.

I was born, raised, schooled and have worked in various roles including Bar Manager & Banker within this community for all my 34 years which I believe has contributed to the passion I have for Wairoa today.

I am a member of many community organisations such as Tapuae Sports Club, CrossFit Wairoa & Matangirau Kapa Haka Group.

My role here is Executive Assistant and I support our amazing Team & CEO to the best of my ability as their administrator. I am humbled working for this organisation at such a community-based level.


Kiwi Smith
Practice Manager

Kiwi 2

Ko Orangi te maunga
Ko Waikatuku te awa
Ko Takitimu te waka
Ko Ngati Kahungunu te Iwi
Ko Ngai te Ipu te hapu
Ko Whakaki te marae
Ko Kiwi Smith ahau
No reira tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa

I have a daughter and grand daughter living in Christchurch and another daughter and grand
daughter in Taupo. All are employed in roles helping people, from the very young to the not so
I feel that I have a lot to offer and with all the knowledge and skills that I attained over the years
working for government departments, I want to give back to the community.
I have established networks already that I know will benefit the work I intend to do for Wairoa and
our people.
Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi
With your basket and my basket the people will live

Audra Campbell Brown
Support Worker

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No Reira Tena Koutou
Tena Koutou
Tena Koutou Katoa
Ko Tairea te maunga
Ko Whangawehi te awa
Ko Kurahaupo te waka
Ko Tuahuru te marae
Ko Rongomaiwwahine te Iwi
Ko Ngai tu te hapu
Ko Audra Campbell Taurima Brown ahau.

Kia ora my name is Audra Brown my parents are Massey Taurima and Matariki Campbell and we are from Mahia.

I am a mother of two boys, my oldest I adopted to a whanau in Mahia and my youngest boy I raised as a single mother,
I am married to Kelvin Brown and we have a spoilt dog called Freedom.

I spent 15 years at Affco Wairoa, while there I decided to follow an aspiration and take a leap into the study world and seek other employment. From these decisions, I have been fortunate to have worked at Te Whare Maire o Tapuwae (Whanau Ora) for 3 years as a Kaiarahi and now a position as a Social Worker at Enabled Wairoa where I wear many hats supporting our whanau. I have been very blessed on my journey and can proudly say that I am in my last year of a 4 year Bachelor of Bicultural Social Work Degree.

I would like to end with a whakatauki that has guided me throughout my journey. Whaia te iti Kahurangi ki te tuohu koe me he maunga teitei - Seek the treasure you value most dearly, if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain.

This whakatauki is about aiming high or for what is truly valuable, but its real message is to be persistent and don't let obstacles stop you from reaching your goals.

No reira tena koutou katoa.

Wikitoria Hauraki


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Ko Taraia raua ko Whakapunake nga Maunga tei tei
Ko Wairoa Tapokorau te Awa.
Ko Takitimu te Waka.
Ko Ngati Kahungunu te Iwi.
Ko Ngati Moewhare, Ngai Tamao, Ngai Te Apatu, nga hapu.
Ko Takitimu te Marae.
Ko Wairoa e noho ana
Ko Wikitoria Hauraki Ahau.

I have worked in a variety of job's, ranging from the shearing sheds, hospitality, Community Health, Mental Health, to now being one of two co-coordinators for the Whanau Against Meth, also known as WAM.

All these jobs have one thing in common it is about working with the people.

I have a deep passion for Marae, Whanau, Hapu, Instilled in me by our Nanny's, In particular by my beloved Grandparents, Wiremu,( Laddie) and Waiti,(Jean) nee Pohatu, Tamati.

I am a very active Member of our Kahui ( Wairoa Tapokorau Whanui ) From our Te Rohe O Te Wairoa Treaty Settlement.
I look forward to working in this Role alongside my Colleague.

He aha te mea nui ki tenei ao.
He Tangata, He Tangata, He Tangata.
What is the Greatest Gift in the World?
Tis People, Tis People, Tis People.

Felicity Champion


Felicity Champion

Melissa Kaimoana


Melissa Kaimoana

Jamie Te Amo


Jamie Te Amo

Ko Titirangi te Maunga

Ko Waiau te Awa

Ko Wai te Kauri te Waka

Ko Ngai Tamaterangi te Hapu

Ko Rangiahua te Marae

Ko Te Poho-o-Tamaterangi te Tipuna Whare

Ko Tahora te Wharekai

He whakatauki mo Tamaterangi:

He Ao Te Rangi ka uhia, ma te huruhuru te manu ka rere.

Ko Felicity Champion ahau

Ko Tauhara te Maunga

Ko Waitahanui te Awa

Ko Pakira Te Marae

Ko Tutemohuta te Iwi

No Tuwharetoa au

In large my working history has been administering in Māori business. I have been very privileged to work in both the pre and post treaty settlement spaces for Te Rohe o Te Wairoa.

Outside of work many hours have been spent leading, implementing, and participating in initiatives for local sports clubs, committees, and my own business. I am also an elected member of the Wairoa District Council.

I have an exciting role coordinating and assisting with the implementation of the Wairoa Housing Strategy that has been collaborated by our local services providers, council, and iwi. Together with common aspirations and a splash of innovation we will contribute towards the address of our local housing crisis and see our whānau into healthy affordable homes.

Ko Whakapunake raua ko Tawhirirangi ōku maunga

Ko Te Wairoa Hōpūpū Hōnengenenge Mātangirau me Mohaka ōku awa

Ko Aranui me Waipapa a iwi ōku Marae

Ko Ngāti Peehi me Ngai Te Huki ōku hapu

Ko Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa me Ngāti Pahuwera ōku iwi

Ko Takitimu tōku waka

Ko Rayna Te Amo tōku mama
Ko Duane Te Amo tōku papa
Ko Jamie Te Amo tōku ingoa

No Wairoa ahau

Born and raised in Wairoa with connections to Ngāti Pahuwera and Ngāti Porou. I am the youngest of three children and a mother to three boys who, through their father, my partner, affiliates to Rakaipaaka.

I have previously worked in Hospitality and administration here in New Zealand. I have also worked in Corrections and Community / Housing / Child Protection for the Australian Government. With experience and knowledge gained through my work history, I'm fortunate to utilise these skills I have attained to empower our whanau here in Wairoa.

"Kia hora te marino, Kia whakapapa pounamu te moana, kia tere te Karohirohi i mua i tou huarahi"

"May the calm be widespread, May the ocean glisten as greenstone, May the shimmer of light ever dance across your pathway"

Mike Dunn


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Mike comes from a creative business background working with brands, identity and cultures.

Dealing with complex creative goals and expectations Mike has developed an intuitive and mindful facilitation style that combines ideas, facts and storytelling into an engaging and heartfelt delivery.

While building a successful career Mike has experienced, and lived through a range of challenging and impactful events that saw him seek professional, private and institutional support to help him manage his life journey.

After undertaking a professional development programme, which saw him graduate as a coach, Mike and his co-creators have developed a uniquely simple, logical and achievable set of workshops that harnesses their collective learnings and knowledge.

The powerful, empowering and holistic format speaks to the greatness and integrity that lies within us all. Motivated by love, freedom and legacy Mike brings an authentic and inspirational energy on how to overcome the inner critic (doubt) and show up in a meaningful and respectful way.

MY MANTRA, The Freedom To Live My Legacy From Love.

Shane Burrell


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Shane has been in the wellbeing space as a facilitator and teacher for over 25 years.

His passion for holistic coaching has seen him accumulate a wide variety of relevant experiences and skill-sets that compliment and support his role within Mantra Dynamics.

As a master of Qi-Gong, an ancient health and wellbeing system, Shane applies the same principles to his own life as those he teaches to others.

Focused on the art of moving meditation (Qi-Gong) and balancing the energy within a person’s body, Shane facilitates mind and body connections in applying Mantra to daily life.

Shane realised the combination of Ri-Ha Qi-Gong with the Mantra Mindful Wellbeing programme would enable individuals to physically and mindfully heal past trauma while being able to maintain an empowered state, moment by moment.

Shane's motivated to partner people who are open to making a difference not only for themselves, but also with their whãnau, friends and community.

What excites him are the opportunities for the wellbeing of our present and future generations, through conscious action now.

Whangaia Nga Pa Harakeke ki Wairoa

Maora Brown



Ko Maora Brown taku ingoa.
Ko Whakapunake te maunga
Ko Waiau te awa
Ko Te Mira oku marae
Ko Ngati Makoro me Ngati Hine nga hapu
Ko Ngati Kahungunu, me ko Rangitane nga iwi
I te taha taku papa
Ko Rawiri Tamanui te tupuna Rangatira
Ko Nga Ariki Kaiputahi, me Whanau-a-kai nga hapu -iwi.
Ko Oriwia Hakopa Tipuna raua ko Haahipene Brown oku matua.

I was born in Wairoa, and after 15 years absence, have returned home, with life experiences and knowledge to share with my community.

I enjoyed my role as a clinical team leader for addictions in the Wairarapa region.

Completing my degrees in Kaitiakitanga ,and a Registered Supervisor in both clinical and cultural roles.

I have recently accepted a position within Enabled Services in the Wairoa Whangaia Nga Pa Harakeke Team.

I look forward to reconnecting with whanau within the Wairoa regions.

Piripi Christie



Ko Whakapunake, Orangi, Moumoukai, Taumutu me Taupiri ngā maunga
Ko Wairoa, Te Ewe, Ngā Nuhaka, Mangapoike me Whangawehi ngā awa
Ko Takitimu me Kurahaupo ngā waka
Ko Ngati Kahungunu ki te Wairoa me Rongomaiwahine ngā iwi
Ko Takitimu, Whakakī, Kahungunu, Iwitea me Te Atihau ngā marae
Ko Ngai Te Apatu, Ngāti Hinepua, Ngāti Rakaipaaka, Ngāti Matawhaiti me Ngāti Hikairo ngā hapū.
Ko Piripi Hukinga Christie tēnei

Piripi is an enabler and pathway provider who helps whānau recover from family harm events.

Before starting at Enabled Wairoa, Piripi spent 16 years as an arts teacher and adult education teacher for Māori tertiary education provider, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

After a successful career helping whānau transform through education, Piripi has returned home to Wairoa and now helps whānau through Whāngaia Ngā Pā Harakeke. A kaupapa Māori initiative where police and local iwi are working in partnership to help those that experience family harm.

Piripi enjoys being a loving husband & father and goes diving for kaimoana (Anyone got a spare seat on their boat? Waea mai.)

Piripi is available to help empower whānau by working closely with them and offer opportunities to enable positive change by opening the right doors that whānau need.

"He whare tū ki te paenga he kai nā te ahi, a he whare maihi i tū ki roto ki te pā tūwatawata ā Kahukura ā Rongomai he tohu nō te tangata rangatira"

"A house standing in a solitary part is the food of fire, an adorned house standing within a stockade pa of Kahukura of Rongomai is the mark of chieftainship". −Taharakau.

Meaning—A chief by himself is subjected to no protection, but a chief surrounded by others in times of hardship or comfort is a demonstration of direction.

Amiria Te Amo-Mitchell


Amiria Te Amo

I am Constable Amiria Te Amo-Mitchell and am proud to be working with the great team at Whangaia Nga Pa Harakeke.

Trustee Bio's

Mark Oberman (Trust Chairman)


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Mark is an innovative and experienced practitioner in the development and execution of strategy in New Zealand and International markets.
With a history of business success in a number of diverse sectors from commercial to charitable, Mark identifies opportunities, inspires and motivates teams to execute their mahi with speed and efficiency.
Powerful facilitation skills enable Mark to create motivational environments that unite people for a common purpose and collective empowerment.

Mark’s NGO and community experience has included;
• Ministry of Social Development capability mentor working with NGO providers throughout NZ in producing detailed and documented pathways for their Capability Assessment Development Planning and subsequent implementation.
• Chair of Enabled Wairoa
• Trustee of Taiohi Toa Trust. A NZ Police initiative that works with at risk youth to help create a positive difference in young people’s lives.
• Established the Hamilton Men’s Christian Night Shelter.
Mark created and was the primary driver behind this project during the time he chaired the Methodist City Mission Board.

Andrew William Raven


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I was born on Auckland’s North Shore and attended the Universities of Otago and Auckland. Following several years of work as an Intern and Clinical Psychologist, I travelled to the UK and Europe and on returning to New Zealand settled in the Hawkes Bay with my family in 1987.

My interests include tramping (with some hunting and fishing), motor homing, cycling, kayaking and sailing. I am an avid reader and enjoy quoting New Zealand poetry.
I have gained enormous satisfaction from completing home renovations.

With the purchase of a home in Wairoa, I am looking forward to working more in our new community as a Clinical Psychologist with the Wairoa DHB.

Min Johansen


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I am one of the Trustees at Enabled Wairoa and I bring a background of property and asset knowledge to this governance table. I am approachable, I offer a stable and common-sense approach and know my experience is valuable here.

I’m the fourth generation here and I totally believe in Wairoa. I’ve been involved in community organisations as well as being an employer for many years. I am a former Councillor for Wairoa District Council. I am married and have three adult sons.

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