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2017 TOAH NNEST Staff August 2017The contact point for all TOAH-NNEST work is the National Office in Wellington.


2017 Liza Profile

Liza Time

Poutakawaenga - Ngā Kaitiaki Māori

I enjoy working as a part of a treaty based organisation. The role is full of variety and so far no day has been the same. Overall the aim is to contribute to the Kaupapa of Ending Sexual Violence Together.

I have worked in Government Departments for a number of years in a variety of roles. I purposely wanted to move into mahi that offered a different challenge and new learnings which led me here.

While born and raised in Wellington my whakapapa extends across the North Island. My Dad was Nga Puhi and My Mum is from Mahia, Rongomaiwahine. I currently live in Wainuiomata with my husband and two energetic children.

2017 Mary Profile

Mary Beresford-Jones
Tauiwi Caucus Manager - Tauiwi Caucus

My role is to support the day to day operations of our National Office and ensure we are finding the best and most useful ways to support all our members. I enjoy being part of a Treaty based organisation and working alongside Ngā Kaitiaki Mauri colleagues. Tauiwi Caucus have several interesting projects coming up over the next 12 months, which I am looking forward to working on.

I have a background in family violence intervention and education, and have worked across both the Government and community sector.

I have two grown sons and a lively dog.

2017 Catherine profilesml


Catherine Sinclair

Kaimahi – National Office

My role is to support the work of TOAH-NNEST national office, Wellington. I am the office administrator and multitasking is a key element to this.

I have worked in government/crown entity administration for the last 14 years. Taking a position in a, not for profit organisation is going to be a new experience that I hope to contribute and flourish at.

I have lived in the Porirua area most of my life. I love it because of its cultural diversity and community feel. My papa kāinga is in the Hauraki region and my iwi are Ngāti Tara Tokanui, Ngāti Tamaterā and Ngāti Pūkenga ki Waiau
I have five adult children and three mokopuna which I love spending time with.

2017 Moana Profile

Moana Paruru
Kaiwhakahaere - Ngā Kaitiaki Māori

My role as Kaiwhakahaere is varied and includes liaison with Ngā Kaitiaki members, project work and ensuring resources/information and opportunities for our members to connect and work collaboratively are available and current.

My background is in the criminal and social justice fields, working in Wellington and Porirua. 

I was born in American Samoa and raised in Wellington, home of the mighty Hurricanes! Porirua has been home for my whānau for over 17yrs now. My Tane and I are blessed with 4 beautiful children and huge Aiga-Anau who keep us grounded and busy. I love travelling, singing, waka ama and rugby league.

Soifua ma manuia!

2017 Miriam Profile

Miriam Sessa
Tauiwi Project and Relationship Coordinator - Tauiwi Caucus

My role is to support the relationship between member agencies and National Office, across all of the Tauiwi sector and support the delivery of any Tauiwi Caucus projects.

I have a background in Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention and intervention in Aotearoa/New Zealand and in Italy.

I was born in England and lived in Italy until my early 20s I then booked a ticked to New Zealand and never went back. I have recently moved from Tairua, Coromandel, to Petone in Lower Hutt. I will need to purchase a thicker wetsuit as on the weekends I am often out surfing.

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