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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 Youth Worker Certificate Level 4. 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

Kia Ora, my name is Ashlee, I am a mother to 6 beautiful children and a wife to a loving supportive husband. I took on the role as a Youth Mentor in April as I was ready to head back into the workforce after having my twins. I am enjoying the role I do and believe the passion has come from my upbringing. My father is a Youth Aid Police officer and my mother is an Intermediate teacher and I believe their passion around helping youth and the community has rubbed off on to me. I look forward to gaining more knowledge and studying towards my Level 4 Youth Worker Tohu.

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


Ngaire Grace-Swainson - Youth Mentor

Kia ora, my name is Ngaire Grace Swainson I am of Te Aupori and Te Ati Awa Descent.
My family and I moved to Whakatane 4 years ago in the hopes to give our children a better education and lifestyle.
For our oldest daughter who has severe hearing loss this decision was set based on her needs. The move over the years has offered new opportunities and hobbies for us all.
I have 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, this year winning a prize for most determined paddler.
Most determined sums up how I choose to be. Being a young mother I was determined to become more than just another statistic. Slowly I have added more value into my life and those around me.
I now have the opportunity to put this into my role as a youth mentor, using my determination to give our local youth the best support we have to offer.

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

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