Naresha Waa

"Nāku te rourou nāu te rourou ka ora ai te iwi - With your basket and my basket, we will sustain everyone."

Community, Integrity, equity

I tipu ake au i raro i te maru o te tupuna maunga o Ngāi Tahu, arā, ko Aoraki matatū. 

Engari,  Nō Kōtimana, Aireni, me Ingarangi te nuinga o ngā ahurea o ōku tīpuna. 

Naresha developed a deep personal connection to Te Ao Māori through her involvement at many marae youth camps across Te Waipounamu. Coming through the foster system, the acceptance and love of some of the Kuia plus beautiful experiences of the Māori culture joined the fabric of her being with the flow of whānaungatanga that was evident at every marae camp. This set her on a pathway focussing her passion of all things Māori, culminating in completing a Māori Immersion Teaching degree despite having no Māori heritage.

Having been fed from the kete of many kaumatua, she carries that same weight of responsibility to continue to feed out what she has been fed to date and also continue to grow her own kete of knowledge.  Success for Naresha is seeing all whānau empowered for healthy living, organisations better equipped for healthy engagement with whānau and for equitable and sustainable outcomes for the future of all of our mokopuna

In 2019 Naresha was selected to deliver Te Ahu o te Reo Māori to the wider Arowhenua region, receiving positive feedback and also multiple requests to deliver into other sectors.  In 2021 Naresha answered this call from the community for Māori Professional development and built Kia Tika te Ara Ltd from the ground up.  Within one year Naresha secured and delivered contracts to multiple organisations in the Education, Health and Social sectors in the community. 

The sensitive and challenging nature of working with people who are being brought from Te Po into Te Ao Marama requires huge amounts of care and vulnerability.  Her honest, raw and sincere style creates a safe space to be genuine, make mistakes and unpack wherever they are in the journey without fear of ridicule or judgement.  

Kia Tika te Ara

Kalinia is part of Kia Tika te Ara, a Māori professional development provider based in Tīmaru, South Canterbury. Leadership Lab has partnered with Kia Tika te Ara to support Kalinia and her colleague Naresha Waa and the team focus on;

  • programmes tailored to individual organisations’ needs across a range of sectors including Education, Health and Social.
  • delivering Te Reo Māori, cultural safety, pronunciation, equity model, Te Tiriti of Waitangi, Critical Consciousness, etc
  • incorporating localised content specific to the South Canterbury region with endorsements, mentorship and consultation from key members of the local Kāti Huirapa Hapū and local kaumatua.
  • developing understanding of Te Ao Māori with the aim of creating better experiences for our tamariki, whānau and Māori community. 
  • programmes developed by experienced Māori medium registered teachers, with experience facilitating Māori programmes for Ngāi Tahu

Stuff article: Educating all South Canterbury Health Board staff on te ao Māori

Stuff article: New South Canterbury business offers localised Māori programmes

 

Some of our Leadership Lab team

It is a privelege being part of such a diverse team, we all benefit from each others strengths

Other roles

Manager and Facilitator

Kia tika te Ara

Kapa Haka Tutor / Cultural Advisor

Self-Employed (2000-present)

Naresha Waa

"Nāku te rourou nāu te rourou ka ora ai te iwi - With your basket and my basket, we will sustain everyone."

Community, Integrity, equity

I tipu ake au i raro i te maru o te tupuna maunga o Ngāi Tahu, arā, ko Aoraki matatū. 

Engari,  Nō Kōtimana, Aireni, me Ingarangi te nuinga o ngā ahurea o ōku tīpuna. 

Naresha developed a deep personal connection to Te Ao Māori through her involvement at many marae youth camps across Te Waipounamu. Coming through the foster system, the acceptance and love of some of the Kuia plus beautiful experiences of the Māori culture joined the fabric of her being with the flow of whānaungatanga that was evident at every marae camp. This set her on a pathway focussing her passion of all things Māori, culminating in completing a Māori Immersion Teaching degree despite having no Māori heritage.

Having been fed from the kete of many kaumatua, she carries that same weight of responsibility to continue to feed out what she has been fed to date and also continue to grow her own kete of knowledge.  Success for Naresha is seeing all whānau empowered for healthy living, organisations better equipped for healthy engagement with whānau and for equitable and sustainable outcomes for the future of all of our mokopuna

In 2019 Naresha was selected to deliver Te Ahu o te Reo Māori to the wider Arowhenua region, receiving positive feedback and also multiple requests to deliver into other sectors.  In 2021 Naresha answered this call from the community for Māori Professional development and built Kia Tika te Ara Ltd from the ground up.  Within one year Naresha secured and delivered contracts to multiple organisations in the Education, Health and Social sectors in the community. 

The sensitive and challenging nature of working with people who are being brought from Te Po into Te Ao Marama requires huge amounts of care and vulnerability.  Her honest, raw and sincere style creates a safe space to be genuine, make mistakes and unpack wherever they are in the journey without fear of ridicule or judgement.  

Kia Tika te Ara

Kalinia is part of Kia Tika te Ara, a Māori professional development provider based in Tīmaru, South Canterbury. Leadership Lab has partnered with Kia Tika te Ara to support Kalinia and her colleague Naresha Waa and the team focus on;

  • programmes tailored to individual organisations’ needs across a range of sectors including Education, Health and Social.
  • delivering Te Reo Māori, cultural safety, pronunciation, equity model, Te Tiriti of Waitangi, Critical Consciousness, etc
  • incorporating localised content specific to the South Canterbury region with endorsements, mentorship and consultation from key members of the local Kāti Huirapa Hapū and local kaumatua.
  • developing understanding of Te Ao Māori with the aim of creating better experiences for our tamariki, whānau and Māori community. 
  • programmes developed by experienced Māori medium registered teachers, with experience facilitating Māori programmes for Ngāi Tahu

Stuff article: Educating all South Canterbury Health Board staff on te ao Māori

Stuff article: New South Canterbury business offers localised Māori programmes

 

Some of our Leadership Lab team

It is a privelege being part of such a diverse team, we all benefit from each others strengths

Other roles

Manager and Facilitator

Kia tika te Ara

Kapa Haka Tutor / Cultural Advisor

Self-Employed (2000-present)