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The WERA Aotearoa Charitable Trust Team


The following are the team members of the Whakatāne team;

Wairere Castle 2018

Wairere Haimona - Case Manager

Wairere was born and raised with her 9 siblings in Matata and continues to live there with her 3 year old son.

Wairere has been working with Whakatane Youth since 2015 and during this time she has gained her Youth Worker Certificate Level 3 and aims to gain her Level 4 Youth Work Certificate. Wairere has a passion to see the youth in Whakatane grow and achieving their goals to the best of their ability.

Wairere is a YP/YPP Case Manager and supports our young people from the ages of 16 years to 19 years to work towards achieving their financial, educational and personal obligations.

If you would like to contact Wairere please call 0800 GO WERA or email wairere@wact.org.nz

Ashlee Kepa 2018

Ashlee Kepa - Youth Mentor

Ko Tarawera te Maunga
Ko Te Arawa te waka
Ko Te Awa o Te Atua te awa
Ko Ngati Rangitihi raua ko Ngati Umutahi oku marae
Ko Ngati Mahi te hapu
Ko Tuwharetoa te iwi
Ko Ashlee Kepa toku ingoa

Ashlee is a mother to 6 beautiful children and a wife to a loving supportive husband. Ashlee took on the role as a Youth Mentor in April 2018 and was ready to head back into the workforce after having twins. Her father is a Youth Aid Police officer and her mother is an Intermediate teacher. She believes their passion helping youth and the community has motivated her on this journey.

Ashlee is currently studying to gain the NZ Certificate in Youth Work Level 4.

If you would like to contact Ashlee please call 0800 GO WERA or email ashlee@wact.org.nz


Ngaire Grace-Swainson - Youth Mentor

Ngaire is of Te Aupori and Te Ati Awa Descent.
Her family moved to Whakatane 4 years ago in the hope of giving their children a better education and lifestyle.
Her eldest daughter has severe hearing loss, the move to Whakatane was based on meeting her needs.

Ngaire has taught local hip hop classes to youth, taken up a passion of health and fitness while competing annually in a stand up paddle boarding competition, in 2018 winning a prize for most determined paddler.

Ngaire is determined to give the local youth the best support WACT has to offer.

If you would like to contact Ngaire please call 0800 GO WERA or email ngaire@wact.org.nz

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