MENTOA programmes are built on a strong foundation of Te Reo me ona Tikanga Māori. The team at MENTOA are highly motivated and skilled practitioners of their respective areas of expertise and in all instances MENTOA understands the need for every young person to have a champion in their lives - someone that will never give up on them, who understands the power of relationships, of being connected to the world they live in and the world they come from. It’s about ‘rights of passage’ for our young Māori men and ‘demystifying the belief’ that society has already failed them because of their cultural identity. Being Māori is something they should be proud of. We achieve this by providing mentors who have done exactly that – demystified the belief and become successful at what they have achieved through their own lives.
“Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine.”
― Alan Turing
Managing Director / Lead Consultant
Mahuru is the founder of MENTOA and is the Managing Director and Lead Consultant. Mahuru has worked in the education and youth justice sectors for over 20 years, after graduating as a qualified teacher in the mid 90's. Mahuru is a fluent speaker of Te Reo Māori and is a member of the NZ Institue of Directors.
Chris joined MENTOA in 2017 and is passionate about educating and mentoring young men on a holistic pathway. Chris is a qualified teacher but started his career with a Bachelor of Applied Information Systems. Chris has mentored a lot of young men through his rugby coaching and has a lot more life skills to offer outside the classroom environment.
Aaron Tutauha (Az)
Aaron has a passion for the outdoors and has worked in the building industry for over 30 years. He has worked in alternative education, in rehabilitation centres with Māori offenders, and with various holiday programmes. Aaron is also skilled in Mau Rakau, Kaihoe Waka and Whakairo, however, his true passion is to empower, inspire people (especially his daughters) and nurture strength of spirit.
Julie is the 'go-to-girl' at MENTOA and is responsible for keeping all the men in check. Julie has 25 years experience in administration and project management and has a personal connection to MENTOA through Mahuru and their two children Te Hukinga (7) and Te Karere Omahuru (4).
Clayton Kerehoma (Whitz)
Whitz is a highly skilled (and highly decorated) jiujitsu practitioner. Whitz is also passionate about boxing and is the head Trainer based in Hawera for the Tsunami Southern Tribes Taranaki Jiujitsu Club, which he founded and operates. Whitz is also an avid surfer and snowboarder and has travelled the world doing both sports but is quick to admit that there's no place he'd rather be than home.
Bodene Tewhare (Bo)
Bodene has an amazing set of skills and passion that he brings to the MENTOA team. His early background with youth included managing youth programmes for before and after school care, teaching music and Mau Rakau in both mainstream and kura kaupapa Maori schools and being the Blue Light Coordinator for South Taranaki. What is most important to Bodene is creating a solid foundation for his wife and kids. He is the Lead Facilitator for the Tu Rangatira Programme.