Team Profiles

The Operational Team are responsible for the day to day activities of the Society.


Please feel free to contact us with any enquiry about services, events or to become a member of our network.

Chrissie Cowan

Chief Executive Officer


Of Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Porou descent

Ko Kahuranaki te maunga
Ko Tuki Tuki te awa
Ko Poukawa te waiu
Ko Kahurānaki te marae
Ko Te Rangikoianake te hapu
Ko Te Whatuiapiti te tangata
Ko Takitimu te waka
Ko Ngāti Kahungunu te iwi

Ko Christine Cowan toku ingoa


Phone: 0800 770 990

Janene Tihema

Administration Support


Of Ngāti Kahungunu descent.

Ko Tākitimu te waka
Ko Tamatea Arikinui te tangata
Ko Kahuranaki te maunga
Ko Ngaruroro te awa
Ko Takaparata te taniwha
Ko Kārewarewa te manga roa
Ko Hikawera te tuarua te wharenui
Ko HInetemoa te wharekai
Ko Ngāti Rāhunga i te rangi, ko Ngāti Poporo ngā hapū
Ko Ihaka Kāpō te urupā

No Korongota toku Pāpā, No Ruatorea toko Māmā
Ko Janene Tihema toku ingoa

Janene started volunteering at Kāpō Māori Aotearoa in 2016. She formally joined in April 2017, offering administration support at our National Office in Hastings.


Phone: 0800 770 990

Delayne Tutemahurangi

Tangata Whaikaha Kaimahi (Hapori Māori)


Of Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Taunui and Te Whanua a Apanui descent.

Ko Tongariro te maunga
Ko Whanganui te awa
Ko Te Arawa te waka
Ko Ngati Tuwharetoa te iwi
Ko Ngati Manunui te hapu
Ko Taumaihiorongo te marae
Ko Kea a Moengaroa Mahu toku kaumatua

Ko Delayne Tutemahurangi ahau.

Based in Taumarunui, Delayne has been with Kāpō Māori Aotearoa since March 2017.


Phone: 0800 770 990

Lisa Edwards

Customer Services


Of Tainui, Ngati Kahungunu, Rangitane, Kāi Tahu descent.

Ko Karioi, Kahuranaaki, Te Ara o Paikea, Rangitūmau, Ruahine, Te Kohurau, Aoraki nga maunga,.
Ko Whaingaroa te Moana ngaunguru i te ao, ngaunguru i te po, Poukawa te waiū, ko te Moana nui a kiwa te moana Ko Raumahanga, Manawatu, Waitaki, Kakaunui, Waihemo nga awa.
Ko Takitimu, Kurahaupo, Uruao nga waka.
Ko Poihakena, Kahurānaki, Ruawharo, Te OreOre, Makirikiri, Uenuku nga Marae
Ko Tainui a whirl, Te Rangikoeanaki, Ngai Tama, Ngati Hamua, Kāti Hāteatea, Kāi Kahukura, Kāi Hinemihi Hinematua, nga hapū.

Ko Lisa Waretini-Edwards ahau. Tena ra koutou katoa.

Lisa had previously volunteered every year for Kāpō Māori Aotearoa since 2016. As of June 2019, Lisa is Kāpō Māori Aotearoa's Data Projector, helping with contacting new members and conducting our government contracted surveys. She is now focused with providing Customer Services.


Phone: 0800 770 990

Tarewa Cowan

Governance and Operations Liaison Officer


Of Ngāti Kahungunu and Tahitian descent.

Ko Kahuranaki te maunga
Ko Tuki Tuki te awa
Ko Poukawa te waiu
Ko Kahurānaki te marae
Ko Te Rangikoianake te hapu
Ko Te Whatuiapiti te tangata
Ko Takitimu te waka
Ko Ngāti Kahungunu te iwi

Ko Tarewa Cowan toku ingoa

Tarewa formally joined Kāpō Māori Aotearoa in June 2019 as our Communications Officer, working closely with our rangatahi group; Ngā Rōpu o Manaaki Tāngata Kotahitanga, (MTK). She is now support our groups by being KMA's Governance and Operations Liaison Officer.


Phone: 0800 770 990

Ngatamaine Tauranga

Media Assistant


Of Ngāti Kahungunu and Cook Island descent

Ko Tākitumu tōku Waka
Ko Kahurānaki tōku Maunga
Ko Ngaruroro tōku Awa
Ko Ngāti Kahungunu tōku Iwi
Ko Te Aranga tōku Marae
Kei Heretaunga au e nōho kainga ana
Ko Uaongo Makerea rāua ko Hone Tauranga ōku mātua
Ko Tepivai Huirama tōku whaea whāngai

Ko Ngatamaine Tauranga tōku ingoa (Ngā)

As of February 2020, Ngatamaine is Kāpō Māori Aotearoa’s Media Assistant and will be contributing to our website and social media sites.

Previous to joining Kāpō Māori Aotearoa, Nga has been volunteering in various fields for the past 19 years and is currently sitting on two national Pasifika boards for Pasifika people with disability.


Phone: 0800 770 990