BOYS KĀINGA STAFF

Kimi Rewi

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Kaiawhina (Boarding Manager)

Kimi came onboard InZone in August 2017 as Boarding Manager. She says of her role “I see myself as being here to āwhina and support our boys through their daily lives. Inspire where I can. Encourage them always.”

Originally from Pukepoto, Kaitaia, Kimi has lived and worked within South Auckland since the age of nine, however she enjoys visiting home when possible. Kimi is a very proud mum of a wonderful 13 year old son. They have spent their lives sharing their home with foster children from all walks of life. Kimi says “Sharing both our hearts and our faith has blessed us beyond belief. I am a very positive person. Strong in faith. Loving to the core.”

Prior to InZone, Kimi worked alongside children in care for 15+ years and calls the experience a privilege to help bring understanding and acceptance where needed as well as supporting and encouraging them through the process of healing. She has also been a Sunday School teacher and Manu Karakia within Te Pihopatanga o Te Tai Tokerau for over 20 years.

Kimi loves everything about InZone and calls it a home away from home. She grew up on her marae and says the InZone kāinga and whānau truly have the essence of all that encompassed. Kimi says “Being able to work where my God and my tikanga is placed at the forefront is amazing. Being able to work alongside such loving and respectful young men – who hold our future in their hands – is a blessing I am truly humbled by.”

Daniel Kelly

Weekend Activities Coordinator

Ko Puketapu te Maunga, Ko Ngaruroro te Awa, Ko Omahu te Marae,

Ko Ngāti Kahungunu te Iwi, Ko Takitimu te Waka, Ko Arorangi ki Rarotonga te Iwi o tōku Matua. Ko Togafuafua ki Hamoa te Iwi o tōku Whaea.

Daniel Kelly is a Weekend Activities Coordinator.

Daniel has a proud cultural heritage of Samoan, Cook Island and Maori roots. He was born and raised in Flaxmere, in Hawkes Bay and moved to Auckland after winning the High Māori Achiever’s scholarship to study at Auckland University. Daniel is currently in his last year studying towards a Bachelor of Education in Primary school teaching, around the corner at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work. Throughout his undergraduate study, he has learnt about the importance of establishing positive relationships with students and is looking forward to bringing his values and experiences into the InZone whanau.

Daniel’s interests include reading, politics, music, playing the ukulele, cooking and baking and enjoying quality time with friends and whanau.

Mark Tyrell

Kaiawhina (Weekend Boarding Manager)

Mark is the fourth child in a family of 7 children. Born in Apia, Samoa, his mother comes from the village of Fasito’otai and father comes from the village of Levi, Saleimoa. The family moved to New Zealand in 1996, first settling in Paraparaumu, which Mark describes as “my ‘home away from home’, the beaches have always been my reminder of my homeland”. Mark moved with his family to Hamilton where he attended Marian Catholic School and St. John’s College.

Mark took on tutoring and mentoring roles at St. John’s College, working with the Maori and Pasifika boys through their studies and cultural performances. He then became the President of Waikato University Samoan Student Association (W.U.S.S.A) where he mentored Pasifika students there as well.

Mark is a keen sportsman and has loved playing rugby since childhood. He had the privilege of representing Waikato teams from U14s to Chiefs development and New Zealand Harlequins.

Mark enjoys working alongside youth teaching and watching them develop and unfold their own story through life. For him it’s about being a supporting guide for our young boys and watching them grow into their own rangatira. To guide them and let them make their own choices to grow and learn. To show them that when there are challenges knocking at your door, you kick that door open and welcome it with open arms. Growing up, his family would always remind him of the Samoan proverb – “O le ala I le pule o le tautua” “The way to becoming a leader, is to serve”. Mark says you can’t jump the queue and start leading if you don’t know how to serve your people, family, friends and community”.