Te Pūtahitanga Whānau Enterprise Coaches

Te Putahitanga Whanau Enterprise Coaches

Kia ora koutou,

 Te Pūtahitanga is pleased to introduce the six Whānau Enterprise Coaches who have been engaged by Te Pūtahitanga to work with whānau in their transformation journeys.

 The Whānau Enterprise Coaches have been working extremely hard to contact all the Te Pūtahitanga applicants. In the last two weeks alone, they have met with 61 whānau! Whānau have been putting a lot of mahi into their applications, and there a significant number of enterprises are ready for consideration for investment. We look forward to working with these whānau as they create transformation within Te Waipounamu.

By now, everyone who was expecting to hear from a coach should have been contacted; if you have not, please let us know as soon as possible.

Email chloe.rapson@teputahitanga.org if you would like to have a chat to us about this.



Our awesome coaches are:

  • Aimee Kaio (Ngāi Tahu, Te Arawa, Tuhourangi, Ngā Puhi)

Amiee provides strategy, project management, research and evaluation services, through her company NORA Ltd. NORA Ltd have recently moved into the area of Business Innovation services.

Aimee’s career has been predominantly working for her hapū and in the Southland community in enterprise development, research and innovation, organizational strategy and infrastructure design – in both the profit and not for profit sectors. Aimee’s passion is working with whānau, hapū and Iwi, and supporting them to take their aspirations from concepts through to successful ventures. Aimee’s particular expertise is research, strategic planning and innovation.

Aimee is married with 4 children, they reside in Bluff and are active whānau within their Marae, Te Rau Aroha.


  • Claire Porima

Ko Tainui te waka

Ko Waipa te awa

Ko Ngāti Hikairo te hapū

Ko Waipapa te marae

Ko Claire Porima tōku ingoa

My mission is to make a measurable contribution to whānau success: “Mā te huruhuru, ka rere te manu”.

Claire’s expertise is coaching people through complex challenges in setting up businesses, by providing advice, resources, connections, and the emotional intelligence strategies that accelerate their ability to meet business, personal and professional goals.  Claire has run her own Coaching business for seven years working with clients from around Aotearoa, and overseas. As well, Claire has project managed the development, and delivery of the University of Otago’s Māori students’ Entrepreneurship Programme, and been engaged in a number of projects at the University that support Māori student and staff success.

Claire honed her professional skills as a diplomat in the NZ Foreign Service, working in government policy development, international trade negotiations, multilateral collaboration, and development assistance work overseeing multilateral micro projects and infrastructural development programmes in small South Pacific communities.  Following diplomatic postings in New York and Fiji, Claire went on to management roles in the banking and telecommunications sectors. She has an extensive network of relationships with people in the political, business and local communities.

Claire is on the Board of the KUMA Southern Māori Business Network; her coaching business was a finalist in the Westpac Chamber of Commerce Māori Business Awards 2012; and she holds membership of professional associations.

Claire graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) Degree. She holds professional international Coaching qualifications. She is the mother of three teenage boys.


  • Karl Waretini

Ko Aotea te waka

Ko Ruapehu te maunga

Ko Wanganui te awa

Ko Ati Haunui a paparangi te iwi

Ko Ngāti Uenuku taku hapū

Ko Michael Waretini tōku matua

Ko Joy Waretini tōku whaea

K Hayley taku hoa whaine

Ko Ella rātou, ko Beth, ko Lewis aku tamariki

Ko Karl, Kuz tōku ingoa

“With passion anything is possible! Something I have learnt is that to achieve what you want in life you really need passion. Whether it is in business, sport or anything else, it is the passion that pushes you through barriers and beyond.”

Karl’s fifteen years in the Transport, Logistics and Supply Chain Industry saw him literally start from the ‘ground floor’ and progress through to Branch Manager and ultimately a senior South Island Business Development Role. Working for a company that was committed to bringing quality and leading edge technology to their industry has served Karl well.

By working ‘hands on’ in a variety of key roles for a true market leader Karl developed an excellent understanding of what was needed to overcome the challenges faced by rapidly expanding businesses. It was this first hand experience at the ‘coal face’ that helped Karl to understand how vital developing a passionate and committed team were to any business aspiring to success. He quickly realised that Leadership and developing a Champion Team were key in achieving success.

Born and bred in Christchurch Karl lives with his wife Hayley, daughters Ella and Beth, and son Lewis. Having a keen interest in sport, travel, family, friends, and personal development, Karl enjoys the challenge of balancing these for the ultimate fulfilment life has to offer.


  • Donna Matahaere-Atariki

Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngā Rauru, Te Atiawa

Donna has been a keen proponent and critic of development models. She began teaching iwi development at Otago University in 1995 before leaving in 2000 to take up a position with the Officer of Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu. During this time she was central in the develop of the memoranda between Ngāi Tahu and the Ministry of Education while also serving for a number of years on the council at the University of Canterbury.

Donna has also spent time in the public sector as a Policy Director in Wellington responsible for Research, International Issues and the Monitoring of public sector agencies in line with the Māori Development Act. She is an experienced Chief Executive within the NGO sector and more recently was elected Chairperson of the National NGO Council at the Ministry of Health. She is a ministerial appointment to the University of Otago Council and a Gambling Commissioner. A Trustee of the Southern PHO she is also a representative on the National Taskforce for Family Violence.

Donna has published on a number of topics including co-production and co-design an innovative model for investment in communities and over the last decade has often taken breaks in her career to act as a consultant in her own business. Her big passion is whānau maintaining an uncompromising belief in the capacity for whānau to self-determine and lead their success. Donna brings her experiences, knowledge and vast networks to her role as a catalyst for whānau enterprise.


  • Heather Manawatu

Ko Kaiterau te maunga

Ko Fergus te awa

Ko Te Tai o Marokura te moana

Ko Lennon tōku whānau

Ko Tau Iwi Ahau

Ko Heather taku ingoa

Heather knows first-hand what it takes to set up a whānau enterprise business.  She is co-partner with husband Maurice in Maori Tours Kaikoura, a small yet well-established tourism company operating since 2002. Their business has global distribution, attained the highest industry standards in Quality & Environmental endorsements and has been awarded New Zealand’s best cultural experience four times. Heather is clear these successes are the result of upholding the tikanga and values important to them – values that are embedded in the operation and services delivered – turning whānau potential into whānau capability and beyond towards excellence and whānau ora. 

Prior to this Heather was with Whale Watch Kaikoura having filled several management roles in Reservations, Sales, Food & Beverage and represented the company at marketing and trade shows throughout NZ, Australia, US, UK, South East Asia and Europe. She has well developed relationships with a wide range of business partners here and offshore.

Heather’s early working career included Finance, Education and Health sectors.  Drawing on this experience and utilizing small business skills in admin, accounts, HR, marketing & sales, operations, risk management, product and strategic development, she set up a small contracting business in 2005 and provides services to a range of clients including iwi, public and private sector. She also works voluntarily assisting small businesses throughout Te Waipounamu. Peers describe her as grounded, pragmatic, innovative, conscientious, and grass roots.


  • Te Atarua Hibbs

Ko Tainui, ko Mataatua ngā waka

Ko Taupiri, ko Hauturu ngā maunga

Ko Waikato, ko Manaia ngā awa

Ko Waikato Tainui, ko Ngāti Pukenga ngā iwi

Ko Tūrangawaewae, ko Manaia ngā marae

Ko Te Atarua Hibbs tōku ingoa

Te Atarua has 15 years experience at the cutting edge of education innovation at both regional and national levels within Iwi and Government roles primarily developing teaching resources, and coaching whole school professional learning development programmes. In 2004, 2007 and 2010 three independent evaluations confirmed programmes she was responsible for creating and scaffolding had successfully increased Māori learners educational outcomes and significantly improved teaching practices.

Since 2008, Te Atarua has owned and operated her own successful consultantcy, and later went on to design, develop, market, import and export her own products in the multi-billion dollar feminine hygiene care industry, with one product launched into independent pharmacies this year and processes underway with Foodstuffs and Progressive Enterprises.

Te Atarua brings her own personal awareness, understanding, humour and empathy to her new role as Whānau Enterprise Coach, as well as practical knowledge and experience in the temperamental field of Start-up businesses. She views the role of Whānau Enterprise Coach as vitally important to mobilizing whānau in their quest for positive and sustainable change; and to successfully applying commercial strategies to maximize improvements in whānau – community and environmental-wellbeing, and where possible profitability.

Te Atarua and her husband Dallas have returned to Ōtautahi after the 2003 earthquakes to be close to whānau and to contribute their skills where possible toward the work going on in the rebuild. Te Atarua has one son (27) and together she and Dallas have raised a daughter (23); and have two grandchildren (20mths and 6).


We hope that you join with us in welcoming the coaches to Te Pūtahitanga, and that you all had a happy and safe Easter.

Vincent EganComment