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    Whānau Ora Navigator for Te Tauihu

    Kia ora e te whānau o Te Tauihu,

    It has been a time like no other than we’ve experienced in our lifetime. The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our world. Our Iwi are ready to ensure whānau across hauora, employment, mātauranga, culture, and business are well equipped to thrive.

    We introduce to you new Whānau Ora Navigator and whanaunga, Cliff Saxton, who will support whānau of ngā Iwi o Te Tauihu. He is based at Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Kuia in Whakatū.

    Mauri ora!

    Words from Cliff:

    Ko Maungatapu te maunga
    Ko Mahitahi te awa
    Ko Kurahaupō, Takitimu me Tainui ngā waka
    Ko Te Hora, ko Whakatū, ko Takapuwahia ngā marae
    Ko Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Toa Rangatira me Ngāi Tahu ngā iwi
    Ko Cliff Saxton taku ingoa

    It is great to be working for our Iwi and to be back home.

    I have recently returned home from Australia and am the son of Cliff and Grace Saxton. I have three boys, Tiare, Matariki and Tama-iti, and I am engaged to my sweetheart, Donna.

    I have had previous experience working in mental health and wellbeing both here and overseas. Recently my mahi was installing fire protection in buildings in New Zealand and Australia.  My last job, before I relocated to Australia for a short time, was installing the fire protection at Te Hora Marae. When I’m not engaged in my work, I get involved with waka ama and rugby, both areas I am passionate about.

    My dream has been to support whānau in their pursuit of their goals and aspirations and I am looking forward to meeting with you all. Over the next two weeks I will be working through an induction and you should also see me out and about.

    I will be based in the Ngāti Kuia Office in Whakatū and my contact details are:


    Phone: 027 220 6662

    Ngā mihi,

    Michelle Lavender

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    Whānau Ora Navigator for Te Tauihu