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The potential of young people in Aotearoa New Zealand is limitless. Access to opportunity is not; nor is it evenly distributed. Aotearoa has one of the highest levels of educational inequality in the developed world. We are working to change this.

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Studio 274,
51 Othello Drive,
Otara 2023,
Aotearoa, New Zealand

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PO Box 2121,
Shortland Street,
Auckland 1140,
Aotearoa, New Zealand

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Meet the team

Michelle Johansson - Head of School and Interim CEO

Michelle Johansson - Head of School and Interim CEO

Michelle is committed to holding courageous spaces for our teachers to step up and change the world. She is particularly interested in the spaces where Education and Equity meet for Pasifika peoples.

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Jono Smith - Programme Director

Jono Smith - Programme Director

Jono works to support the network of schools who employ Teach First NZ Programme participants, to effectively support participants to have a positive impact on students and school communities.

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Liam Munday - Director of Strategy and Operations

Liam Munday - Director of Strategy and Operations

Ko Tarata te maunga, ko Whangaroa te moana, ko Mamaru te waka, ko Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa te iwi. As a part of the Ako Mātātupu whānau, Liam oversees the finance, fundraising, operations and strategy areas of the organisation.

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Emily Looker - Programme Coordinator

Emily Looker - Programme Coordinator

Ahakoa he iti, he pounamu. Though Emily's role seems small, her role contributes to the greater mission of Ako Mātātupu by taking pressure of the rest of the whānau in their roles, and filling the table with a good spread when the occasion allows.

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Sarah Dillaman - Cultivation Lead

Sarah Dillaman - Cultivation Lead

Sarah is a proud alumna of Teach First NZ's 2014 Cohort, and spent six years teaching English and Drama at Onehunga High School, before joining Ako Mātātupu as a Programme Advisor.

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Ali Carroll - Candidate Experience Lead

Ali Carroll - Candidate Experience Lead

An alumna of the Teach First NZ Programme, Ali has had the joy of learning from young people in two of our partner schools, De La Salle College, and Mount Roskill Grammar School and currently supports candidates as they apply for the programme.

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Chas Carroll - Marketing and Communications Manager

Chas Carroll - Marketing and Communications Manager

Chas works to ensure the best teachers, leaders, and change-makers are aware of and apply to take part in Ako Mātātupu: Teach First NZ's flagship programme.

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Agnes Milford - Recruitment Coordinator

Agnes Milford - Recruitment Coordinator

Agnes is South Auckland raised and a member of The Black Friars Theatre Company. She hopes to effectively weave her passion for young people and her role as the recruitment coordinator to create change within classrooms.

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Seira Aukuso-Su'e - Academic Quality Manager

Seira Aukuso-Su'e - Academic Quality Manager

Seira works in the Programme space to support our participants and academic staff to nurture positive learning experiences. With roots in Falealili & Māngere, she believes that the next generation will always be, and do, greater things than the last.

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Charles Looker - Kaihautū

Charles Looker - Kaihautū

A Kaihautū is one who keeps the timing for paddlers on their voyage; so does Charles in ensuring that needs for Māori are met at every stage of the kaupapa, so that our paddlers have all that they need to continue their journey.

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Billy Revell - Programme Manager

Billy Revell - Programme Manager

A firm believer of servant-leadership, Billy strives in his journey with us to create safe and creative spaces to allow others to tell their story whilst facilitating the growth of our village (Community).

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Jeremy Downing  - Teaching and Learning Lead | Kāuru Ako

Jeremy Downing - Teaching and Learning Lead | Kāuru Ako

Jeremy oversees our team of teacher educators and subject specialists, and works alongside our Kaihāpai, Programme Lead and Head of School, to support and develop our training teachers in their practice.

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Moana-Aroha Henry - Programme Manager and Kaihautū

Moana-Aroha Henry - Programme Manager and Kaihautū

He uri tēnei nō Te Tai Tokerau. Moana-Aroha works with our current participants in Northland and the bottom of the South Island. She was part of the 2018 cohort and taught at Whangārei Girls' High School for two years.

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Nyra Marshall - Programme Manager and Kaihautū

Nyra Marshall - Programme Manager and Kaihautū

A descendant of Raukawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Ngāti Kahungunu, Nyra believes that education is the key platform to advance Māori success. She belongs to C15, is part of the Kairapu network, and taught at Aorere College for five years.

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Bina Mehta - Accounts Administrator

Bina Mehta - Accounts Administrator

Bina is passionate about education and the impact it has on young people and thus joined the Ako Mātātupu team in 2015 and has supported the organisation to keep the accounts and finances in order.

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