Let us introduce to you our fantastic team of people ready to meet and welcome you to Te Wharewaka o Pōneke in Wellingtons cultural precinct.
Kia ora koutou
Ko Taupiri tōku maunga
Ko Waikato tōku awa
Ko Kirikiriroa ōku marae
Ko Christine Fox ahau
Chris is our Operations Manager at Te Wharewaka o Pōneke Tours ensuring our crew are well supported to give you an awesome experience while visiting Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington). Chris has travelled extensively and competes internationally in both waka ama (outrigger canoe) and dragonboating on the world stage and enjoys sharing the rich culture and heritage found in Aotearoa. Ongoing training and education of our crew and tour guides is a priority to ensure your comfort and safety.
So if you are here to take one of our specialty walking tours or want to get active on our harbour you can be assured you are in good hands.
Tip from Chris: You have arrived in the Cultural hub of Wellington in ‘Coolest Little Capital in the World’ - now go out and make it your own!
DipSpSt Otago, DMAOR VUW
Boatmaster, 1st Aid, VHF Operator CertifiedYHA PowerBoat Operator Certified
Ko Taranaki te maunga
Ko Patea, ko Kapuni nga awa
Nō ngā iwi o Taranaki ki te Tonga au
Nō ngā whānau Broughton, Whareaitu, Robinson me Ngaia au
Ko Neavin Broughton ahau
Neavin is our Cultural Engagement Facilitator and manages the delivery of all our cultural engagement activities such as mihi whakatau at Te Wharewaka. He has a real passion for education and has been heavily involved in the development of our education in schools programme called Kura Ahurea. Alongside this initiative he often facilitates corporate education workshops to businesses, and departments in central and local government tailoring programmes to client needs. If you are interested in tailoring something for your business then Neavin can help you to design something that suits.
Tip from Neavin: Come along ready with questions about Māori: culture, food, housing, clothing, transport, language, customs etc. We love answering questions.
Bachelor of Arts (Māori & Education)
Ko Tararua te pae maunga
Ko Ruamāhanga te awa
Ko Wairarapa te moana
Nō Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou me Ngāti Whakaue ngā iwi
Ko Papawai te marae
Ko Mathieson (Matt) Ammunson-Fyall ahau
Matt is the Business Liaison for Te Wharewaka o Pōneke Tours, working to ensure the Tours Business fosters relationships across Aotearoa and develops connections overseas. Matt works with Tours team to provide manuhiri (guests) with a safe, enjoyable and continuously improving tour experience. An accomplished Waka Ama paddler in his own right, Matt is ready to share his passion for the moana and for Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) with manuhiri from all around the world.
Matt is the point of contact for any trade enquiries.
Tip from Matt: Come along ready for a stimulating experience that takes you on a unique journey- one that can only be found here at Te Wharewaka o Pōneke!
BA Political Science
Tohu Māoritanga (Dip Māo)
First Aid Certified
Waka Ama NZ Safety, Steering Courses
Ko Taranaki te maunga
Ko Te Awakairangi te awa
Ko Tokomaru, Aotea, me Kurahaupō ngā waka
Ko Te Tatau o Te Po te marae
Ko Te Āti Awa-Taranaki Whānui te iwi
Ko Tuparahuia Porikapa Pita ahau
Tuparahuia is one of our Kaihautū at Te Wharewaka o Pōneke and is responsibile for leading groups around the city on walking tours and out on the water on our waka. What he really loves about his mahi (job) is meeting new people and showing them how beautiful our city and harbour.
Tip from Tupara: When you visit Wellington, you only really need three things to experience the best of the city - a good pair of shoes, a comfortable jacket and a positive attitude!
Graduate Tuia Rangatahi Leadership Programme
Boatmaster, 1st Aid, VHF Operator Certified
Ko Marotini, ko Orohena Te Upo'o ōku maunga
Ko Mangahauini, ko Avamoa ōku awa
Ko Tainui, Nukutere me Horouta ngā waka
Ko Tuatini, ko Taputapuatea ōku marae
Ko Ngāti Porou, Ko Āti Awa ōku Iwi
Ko Tahiti rāua ko Ra'iātea ōku motu
Ko Kingi Tamatoa Tautu tōku tipuna
Ko Taupuruariki (Ariki) Brightwell ahau
Ariki is our Kaiwhakarite or Tour Guide Administrator at Te Wharewaka o Pōneke. She is responsible for gathering information, assisting and conducting tours for Te Wharewaka o Pōneke. As a local artist and tour guide she loves to share Wellington’s history and culture providing everyone with a unique and deeper understanding of New Zealand’s capitol city.
Tip from Ariki: If you are planning on catching the bus, be sure to flail your arms around so that the driver can see you and that you have your fare ready so no one gets grumpy
Bachelor of Design Massey University
Waka ama Safety Course
Graduate Te Aroha programme
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