About us

Maataa Waka was formed in 1990 by a group of people who identified there were a large number of Maori living in Marlborough with needs and nowhere to go for support.

The aims and objectives of the society were related to enhancing the social and cultural well being of whanau.

The organisation received its  first child health contract in 1995, and has continued to evolve into a credible provider that offers a comprehensive range of services.

Our Board of Trustees

Maataa Waka Ki Te Tau Ihu Trust is a charitable trust and is governed by a 6 member Board of Trustees. The Board is responsible for providing the strategic direction and overseeing the implementation of the Strategic Plan.

Board of Trustee members are:

  • Brenda Chilvers - Chairperson

  • Colleen Kem

  • Stacey O'Neill

  • John Standston

  • Deedee Bancroft

Our Team

Our team at Maataa Waka is built around a valued staff of experienced, skilled and committed people, who contribute in many ways to our success.

We work in partnership with the wider community, including both government and non government organisations, Iwi, Maori Providers and are a partner agency in the Marlborough Childrens Team.

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General Manager

Gail MacDonald                   

Social Workers

Jenni Schreuder

Sharlene Eden                         

Youth Team

Emma-Jaye King

Vita Vaka

Waiariki Marsh

Tii Paulo







Jackie Jenkins

Farishta Peterson-Ihaka

Whanau Ora Navigators

Ripeka Hook

Megan Hadfield

Financial Mentoring

John Patchett

Jo Nott



Stopping Violence services

Malcolm Pitman

Mike Nowacki

Bridget Lauder

Corinne Stocks

Emma-Jaye King

Jenni Schreuder


Stu Phillips