Our Crew

Meet Our Crew 

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.

Christine Fox - Tours Manager

Taupuruariki Brightwell - Tour Guide 

Christine Fox 
Tours Manager

Kia ora koutou
Ko Taupiri tōku maunga
Ko Waikato tōku awa
Ko Kirikiriroa ōku marae
Ko Christine Fox ahau

Chris is our Tours 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

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Taupuruariki Brightwell 
Tour Guide 

Kia ora
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 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, VHF Operator Certified
Graduate Te Aroha programme
1st Aid

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Tēnā tātou

Ko Tararua te pae maunga

Ko Ruamāhanga te awa
Ko Wairarapa te moana

Nō Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou me Ngāti Whakaue

Ko Papawai te marae

Ko Mathieson (Matt) Ammunson-Fyall ahau

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Interested in making a booking? Need information?
Or want to arrange a walk through? Fill out our request info form and the event manager will answer all of your questions.

We will attempt to answer all emails within 24 hours. If you can't wait phone numbers are listed below.