Over the past week the Ngāti Tama welcomed three new poumahi to the roles of Pou Ahurea, Te Pouawhina and Pou Taiao. Johannah and Jasmine La’auli were welcomed to the office last week with a mihi whakatau. Dayveen Stephens was welcomed into the tari today with a mihi whakatau, and will be introduced to the iwi later this week.

The inclusion of three poumahi into the team has grown the operations team to ten. In 2021, NTWT trustee’s approved the introduction of Te Pou Ahurea (Whānau Engagement Coordinator) to support our Ahurea priority to stimulate learners of Te Reo, tikanga and whakapapa. Jasmine joins the team as Te Pouwhenua due our recent pouawhina moving into the Data and Information space. Lastly, Dayveen joins our team as Te Pou Taiao and support our Ahuwhenua aspirations to enhance our significant lands and waterways.

Today, we introduce Jasmine and Johannah to ngā uri o Ngāti Tama.

Johannah Kātene-Burge

Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Tama, Te Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai, Tuwharetoa

Paremata Te Wahapiro te tūpuna

Tell us about yourself (where your from, your whānau, mahi/background)

Johannah is one of six tamariki, raised in in Paekakariki on the Kāpiti Coast. As a young adult, Johannah attended Kāpiti College, where she was awarded the role of Head Girl in 2017. After high school, Johannah went on to The University of Waikato where she completed a Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours, double major Human Resoucre Management & Strategic Management, minor in Political Science.

During her time at university, Johannah was involved in numerous capacity with her iwi, she held the position as HR Coordinator at Te Runanga o Toa Rangatira from 2020-2022, Ngāti Tama Associate Trustee,  Kairangahau Whakapapa for Wakatu Inc 2018-2021, Trustee for the Nelson Arts Festival, and was a founding Trustee of Te Matarau a Maui. While participating in these various kaupapa, Johannah was also awarded top Māori Academic of the Management Faculty of The Waikato University in 2021.

Johannah is interested in raranga, whakapapa, barbershop singing, community service for rangatahi/youth and maori (via Kapiti Coast District Council; ZEAL NZ), performing arts.

After receiving endless support from the Trust and the wider Tama whānau, Johannah is looking forward to giving back and contributing to the mana, wellbeing, and prosperity of Ngāti Tama ki Te Tauihu.

Johannah is looking forward to being with whānau, so please be familiar, drop in for a cuppa and a kōrero.

Jasmine La’auli

Ko Ngongotaha, Ko Taranaki, Ko Parapara oku maunga,

Ko Utuhina, Ko Te Waikoropupu, Ko Te Rere O Kapuni me inaha oku Awa,

Ko Te Arawa, Ko Aotea, Ko Tokomaru oku waka

Ko Ngati Whakaue, Ko Ngatimanuahiakai oku hapū me te whānau Rameka

Ko Onetahua, Ko Tunohopu, Ko Te Aroha oku marae,

Ko Te Arawa, Ko Nga Ruahine, Ko Ngati Tama Ki Te Tau Ihu oku iwi

Ko Theo, ratou Ko Iyla, Ko Eli āku tamariki

Ko Jasmine La’auli toku ingoa

Kia ora,

My name is Jasmine La’auli, myself, husband and three children recently moved to Wakatū. We are originally from Porirua but moved to Ōtautahi 9 years ago, I have spent the last 5 years at the māori land court in the advisory space, before this I have spent most my working career with government departments. I am looking forward to be able to work for my iwi, whānau and learning new skills.