Meet Our Team

We have a great team of friendly, hard-working people who we would love to have you meet.  They have plenty to say about working for Waikato Tainui, so we’ll let them tell you why it’s such a great place to work.

Kawena (Kawe) Jones
Kawena (Kawe) Jones
Employment Portfolio Lead, Waikato Tainui
Waikato, Ngaati Maahanga, Ngaati Hourua, Oomaero,Te Papa O Rotu

"I am passionate about creating meaningful and sustainable opportunities for my people and empowering them to reach their full potential."


Papakura Kaa
Papakura Kaa
Employment Support, Waikato Tainui
Tainui, Ngaati Kahungunu, Poihakena, Kaitoke, Ngaati Tahinga, Ngaati Pakapaka

"It is an awesome opportunity to be able to work for my Iwi and be in a position where I can help motivate and secure employment for tribal members."


Stuart Lawrence
Stuart Lawrence
Industry Training Support and Advisor, The Skills Organization
Uenuku, Ngaati Tuu, Tawata te Kaianga

"I work for The Skills Organisation and Waikato Tainui to support Maaori to earn while they learn and obtain sustainable employment opportunities. I have worked for The Skills Organisation for over 8 years. I look forward to working with and supporting our whanau."


Dale Tamaiparea
Dale Tamaiparea
MSD Account Manager, MSD Work & Income
Ngaati Ruanui, Ngaati Tuuwharetoa, Taiporohenui, Korohe, Haamua, Ngaati Hine

"It excites me to be able to use my experience and knowledge to work with the tribe in this employment and training related space. It is also great to see a government agency and the local iwi come together as a way of working with our people."


Kaaro Iti-Moeke
Kaaro Iti-Moeke
Pastoral Care Support, Waikato Tainui
Ngai Tuuhoe, Waikato, Ngaruahine, Te Rewarewa, Hukanui, Okare Ki Uta, Mahurehure, Ngaati Wairere, Ngaati Haua (ki Taranaki)

"Being new to the role, not only do I feel blessed to be working alongside a talented, passionate and fun team BUT I am grateful for the opportunity to work with some of our people – to help them realise their goals and dreams, and be a part of their transformational change."


Jarrad Gallagher
Jarrad Gallagher
Employment Consultant, Tainui Group Holdings
Ngaati Wai, Rawhiti, Whangaruru

"Mahia te mahi hei painga mo te iwi"


Kiera Daji
Kiera Daji
HR Advisor, Tainui Group Holdings
Ngaati Tuuwharetoa, Ngaa Puhi

"I'm so excited to be part of such a fun, dedicated and hard-working team who are passionate about empowering our people to achieve their career aspirations and dreams."