Mana Services

Our Team

Transition Services

Senior Leadership Team

Cyril Gudgeon

CO-FOUNDER & DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Cyril spent his early childhood in rural areas of the Northland, where he farmed, hunted and learnt to live off the land. This self-reliant lifestyle helped him develop discipline and a strong work ethic. Further, Cyril’s upbringing allowed him to form a relationship with his Ngāti Porou and Ngāpuhi.

Lachlan Sloan

CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Following World War Two, Lachlan’s mother immigrated with her parents from Fiji, where she was born. His maternal grandparents were of German Samoan, Fijian Sri Lankan and Samoan descent. Lachlan’s father’s family originated from Scotland.

Delaine Gudgeon

NATIONAL SERVICE DELIVERY MANAGER

Born and raised in the Waikato, Delaine can truly say that her roots in Hamilton are firmly planted. Delaine’s Māori whakapapa are of Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāpuhi and Tainui descent. She also honours her Anglo-Saxon, Scottish, Welsh, Scandinavian, and Israeli ancestry. Delaine recognises the importance of acknowledging the whole part of the person and not just being selective about what is relevant – for without this, we would not be complete.

Mahia Joyce

GENERAL MANAGER - WHARE ĀHURU (TRANSITIONAL HOUSING FOR RANGATAHI)

Mahia is of Ngāti Raukawa ki te tonga and Ngāti Tūwharetoa descent. She spent her early childhood in the Ruapehu District and was born in the Waiouru Army camp. Hamilton and Rahui Pokeka are the places she calls home. Mahia and her husband, Anthony, are the parents of three beautiful children: Alyssa, Gauge and Jaxxon. She is engaged with our rangatahi to resolve youth homelessness and advocates for Maori Wahine.

Nola Walters

GENERAL MANAGER - MANA PEOPLE

Nola Walters was born in Lower Hutt and spent her formative years raised just next door in Upper Hutt, Wellington. She now lives in Auckland after relocating north in 2011. Nola’s whakapapa roots are tied to Tainui, and she is currently on a journey to reconnect with her cultural identity.

Leadership Team

Dr. Angus (Gus) Elkington

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Dr. Angus (Gus) Elkington is a highly accomplished clinical psychologist known for his expertise in trauma-focused therapy and his unwavering dedication to the mental well-being of individuals, particularly within the Māori community. With a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Massey University, Gus’s academic journey was marked by rigorous training, extensive clinical placements, and notable research contributions.

Sarah Welch

PRACTICE MANAGER

One of six siblings, Sarah Welch, was born in Papakura and raised predominantly in Rotorua. She completed a Social Work degree through Bay of Plenty Polytech in Rotorua in 2013 and obtained an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

Prior to moving to Hamilton in 2019 as a care and protection Social Worker at Oranga Tamariki (OT), Sarah was a case leader for Te Maioha o Parekarangi and Youth Horizons in Auckland.

Matt Hay

YOUTH JUSTICE & MULTI AGENCY LIAISON

Matt is a 23-year veteran of the police force. After joining the force in 2000, he spent time community policing with the Armed Offenders’ Squad. Outside of this role, he worked as a Dog Handler and Youth Aid Officer. Further, Matt has extensive experience working in the Youth Court.

Miriama Maihi

SERVICE DELIVERY MANAGER

Wayne Rogers

REGIONAL MANAGER - TE TAI TOKERAU

Ngati Rangi – Wayne was born and raised in the small town of Kaikohe, and his whakapapa roots back to Ngati Rangi hapu. Despite his love for Kaikohe, from his early teenage years to adulthood, Wayne was exposed to the challenges of low socioeconomic conditions, high unemployment, and emerging social and community issues.

Resty Ongoco

BBUSINESS PROCESSING TEAM LEADER

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Arian Gudgeon

REGIONAL SUPPORT

Our advisors

Paul Tukukino

LEADERSHIP ADVISOR - TIKANGA MĀORI

Paul is passionate about Māori development and achievement. Alongside his prior work as an Advisor in Strategy and Planning at Te Puni Kokiri, Paul has 12 years of experience in training and facilitation, taking on the Senior Advisor position at KPMG Wellington. His work at KPMG focused heavily on Government but with a kaupapa Māori focus, working to deliver outcomes for Māori by Māori.

Natasha Kewene-Hite

PROFESSIONAL ADVISOR

Natasha’s philosophy operates under the premise that the corporate world is made up of human beings living professional lives. She contributes knowledge and insights that enrich people in their career sphere and personal sphere. Natasha is passionate about people and making connections that build bridges of understanding in unexpected places. She loves to explore growth and development at an individual and organisational level.

Paul Kewene-Hite

PROFESSIONAL ADVISOR

Paul is a graduate of Harvard University, a career professional entrepreneur, a former Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise at INSEAD (the Financial Times #1 business school in the world), and co-founder, with his wife Natasha, of the business consulting practice Mātanga Hāpai in New Zealand.

He is the author of Survive & Thrive: Entrepreneurship Frameworks That Work, which offers easy-to-follow guides to create entrepreneurial initiatives. It is currently available to purchase on Amazon.