‘ Ka oranga te tangata, Ka oranga te whanau, Ka ora tonu nga hapori katoa
(Healthy Men, Healthy Families, Healthy Communities) (Tom Moke)
Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Waikato Team
Kola is a New Zealander of African descent. He briefly lived in Reefton, on the West Coast of South Island between 2003 and 2004 before moving to Christchurch. He finally settled in Hamilton to attend the University of Waikato. Kola has a special interest in working with people and participating in community based development programmes. He is a strong advocate of zero tolerance for domestic violence, he has also supported the resettlement of former refugees in Hamilton. Kola’s lifelong philosophy is “do not hold back if it is within your reach to help others, we all need each other to live a happy and fulfilling life”.
Kola has a multi-disciplinary background in Strategic Management, Public Policy, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Information Management. He is an experienced public servant.
Sally is a Pakeha New Zealander, of settler ancestry, born in Te Kopuru, Northland. She lives rurally, in the Waitetuna Valley, is married and has two daughters and two sons, and two grandchildren.
Sally has worked for some years in the community sector, with Community Waikato, an organisation that works to strengthen the capacity of the tangata whenua, community and voluntary social service sector in the Waikato. She holds a Master of Social Sciences and PostGraduate Diploma in Psychology (Community).
Shelley is originally from a little town called Rahotu in Taranaki where she was raised on a dairy farm. She has many happy childhood memories growing up there with her cousins and spending endless amounts of time with their grandparents in Opunake.
Shelly has a counselling background and is on the local NZAC committee. Currently she is the Director at LifeLine Waikato and Youth Co-ordinator at Waikato Queer Youth and a Birthright committee member. She looks forward to working on the MSSAT committee and supporting Mike in his work.
Ngaire is originally from South Auckland (Papakura) but spent much of her childhood and early adulthood moving around. She is of Pakeha and Tainui descent. She returned to New Zealand in 2003, after spending 14 years in Brisbane, where she completed her PhD. She lives in Hamilton with her husband Richard and various pets.
Ngaire has had a lifelong interest in learning about the world around her and especially about how humans interact with the natural environment. She turned this passion into a career and has been an environmental scientist (specializing in aquatic ecology) for more than 20 years. She is currently a Director and aquatic ecologist in an environmental consultancy company (Streamlined Environmental) based in Hamilton. She is also an experienced science educator. She believes that every individual can make a difference. In her spare time, she’s a keen organic gardener, re-purposer and re-cycler, as well as an artist and rower. She’s also actively involved in the community, through membership of Hamilton Timebank and as a volunteer Lifeline telephone counsellor.
I hail from Kawhia and am of Ngati Mahuta and Ngati Hikairoa descent. I was educated in Wellington and attended Victoria University. My professional background began and continued for some 17 years in the electrical engineering sector with international companies, GEC and Mitsubishi Electric working in NZ and overseas, and as a partner in an engineering systems consultancy based in Wellington.
In 1988 I returned home and became the establishing CEO of The Maniapoto Maori Trust Board. In 1989 I became CEO Tainui Maori Trust Board and a negotiator alongside Sir Robert Mahuta for the Waikato Raupatu Land Settlement with the Crown. In 1998 I opted to go overseas, retuning in 2004. Since that time I have worked as a contracted facilitator and cultural adviser to the previous Ministers of Maori Affairs and Minister for the Office of Treaty Settlements.
Currently I fulfil similar roles for the Ministry of Justice OTS, and the Office of The Minister of Treaty Settlements
I am involved in community activities largely as it relates to Maori issues. My experience in the field of abuse is limited however having seen first-hand the effects of such abuse and the good work of MSSAT I am happy to contribute whenever I can and wherever my experience may be of assistance.
Ko Ngāti Kahungunu raua ko Ngāti Hāmoa toku iwi Ko Ngāti Makaro raua ko Ngā Ariki Kai Putahi toku hapu Ko Wairoa toku awa Ko Whakapunake toku maunga Ko Wairoa toku taone.
Kia Ora my name is Rupene Amato and I hail from Wairoa, Hawkes Bay. I am the second youngest child of six with two sisters and three brothers. We are of Māori and Samoan heritage. Our father was a railway worker until he was made redundant in the 80′s and our mother a home maker. We struggled to make ends meet but we managed. We grew up with a strong gang culture in our town and saw violence regularly.
I moved to Hamilton in 1992 and have resided here since then. I have worked in the Hospitality Industry and attended Te Whare Wananga o Waikato where I studied Social Sciences. I currently work as a Union Organiser for the Service and Food Workers Union.
I am active in sports and have excelled at a National level as a NZ rep for both Indoor and Outdoor Netball. I am active within the community and am a strong advocate for social justice. I sit as a committee representative at both local and national level for Out at Work, a support network for LGBTI workers and advocate for inclusivity at work sites. I also chair the Waikato Men’s Netball Assoc.
I come to MSSAT as a survivor and support what MSSAT is trying to achieve. As a committee member I feel that it is integral that information, education and support be available to other survivors who may not be able to access information. I feel that violence toward others is unacceptable and we need to make a change in our culture so that our next generation can function without fear.
Born in Dargaville, Dave moved on to Auckland to attend secondary school and to play rugby. He qualified and worked as a builder for a number of years in Auckland and Dunedin. Alongside this, he worked for Youth Affairs, studied with the Naturopathy College and became a 1st Dan Black Belt and instructor in Tae Kwon Do. Dave gained certificates in various areas, including facilitation training, adult education and grief facilitation. He is a father of 5 children and grandfather of three.
Currently Dave is the Manager Facilitator of MSSAT Auckland Incorporated. Dave is the last remaining inaugural MSSAT Waikato trustee on the board.
I am a married man with 6 children. I am a survivor and have worked in various ways with people for 35 years. I love sports and have had a go at most but favoured rugby, cricket and surfing. Of late I follow the kids. Recreation to me is listening to music or mucking with a guitar. I have worked in factories, freezing works, forestry. Police Force, Prison Service and now manage the Male Survivors Trust. I have just recently completed a Grad Diploma in Not for Profit Management.
I am always saddened by the amount of sexual abuse there is on our young men and the impacts it has to their lives which ultimately affects entire communities. There is little support for males and little understanding. With the support of the Trust I aim to make changes to this and make sure our male survivors are heard, represented and allowed to address their needs in a safe and supportive environment.