Kathy Eruera


Senior Boarding Manager

Kathy has been with InZone since the beginning and works as the Senior Boarding Manager at Te Kāinga Huarahi. She sees her role as being  “a spiritual and physical support to our young Māori and Pacific Island rangatahi whilst under our care in completing their secondary schooling.  To inspire motivate, encourage and challenge fields of academics, practical life skills and portraying as much as I can, a mother in their eyes as they were still in their own home.”

Kathy comes from a dairy farming background in the Whakatāne area. She has four brothers and two sisters, a daughter, son in law and two mokopuna. Of her whakapapa she says “Tōku pāpā: Te Whanau-A-Apanui te iwi, Maruhaeremuri te hapū, Hinemahuru te whare tipuna, Wairuru te marae, Kirieke te maunga. Tōku māmā: Whakatōhea te iwi, Ngai Tamahaua te hapū, Muriwai te whare tipuna, Opape te marae, Tarakeha te maunga.”

Previously Kathy was a typist under the Māori Pre-employment Scheme and then a computer operator in NZ and Australia.  She worked as a Bank and Loans officer for ANZ and then became the Accounts/Office Administrator for United Māori Mission, this led to the opportunity to become Matron for the long standing Girls hostel in Hepburn Street for 15 years before becoming involved with InZone.

Kathy enjoys interacting with the girls in all areas, seeing their achievements that they have earned themselves.  Having an input into their futures by nurturing, guiding and supporting their decisions. Learning from them in a world that is all too quickly changing.

Cie Hayward


Kaiawhina (Boarding Manager)

Cie started working for InZone in May 2016 as a Boarding Manager. She ensures that our girls are looked after and supervised daily.

Born in Auckland, Cie grew up in Hokianga. She is married with six children, 4 mokopuna (so far) and lives in Mangere Bridge.

Before coming to InZone, Cie worked in Reception, data entry and childcare. At InZone, Cie most enjoys getting to work with all the InZone Students and whānau.

Freda Potae

Freda (2)

Kaiawhina (Boarding Manager)

Freda has been working part-time for InZone since January 2018 as a Boarding Manager. Of her job she says “Ko taku mahi he manaaki rangatahi i te whare”

Freda is from Turanganui-a-Kiwa (Gisborne) and has lived in Auckland since 1976. She is a Mother of three kotiro who are all over 25 years old. Freda has been employed as the Māori Arts Coordinator for Rosehill College for 18 years.

When asked the best thing about working at InZone, Freda says “Ko ngā rangatahi te mea nui”.

Kirita Silaga


Kaiawhina (Weekend Boarding Manager)

Kirita joined InZone in June 2020 as one of the Weekend Boarding Managers. She is Samoan born who moved to New Zealand in 2018 and is residing in South Auckland. She is a mother of three teenage children; 2 girls (15 & 18) and a boy (13 years old). Kirita was raised and educated in Samoa and later on attended the Brigham Young University in Hawaii where she graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Social Work and a Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate. Kirita has work experience in different roles including admin and tech support, guidance counsellor, finance clerk, safety and security manager, and teaching in Okinawa, Japan.

Kirita loves sports, baking, cooking, and spending time with her family. She is excited and looking forward to working with the team and girls at the hostel.

Manuesina Mahina


Kaiawhina (Weekend Boarding Manager)

Si’oto’ofa, tena koutou katoa, and the warmest of Moana Greetings,

Ko hoku hingoa ko Manuesina Mahina. Koe Tonga au.  Kuo lele mai mei Tefisi, Leimātu’a, mo Vaimalō, Vava’u pea mo Tatakamotonga, Mu’a, Tongatapu.

Manuesina is Tongan, born and raised here in Auckland. She comes from the villages of Tefisi, Leimātu’a, & Vaimalō, in Vava’u and Tatakamotonga, Mu’a, Tongatapu

Manuesina loves Moana arts and is very much into Tongan nima’me’a (Tongan fine arts and craft works). She also has a particular interest in Moana fashion.  Manuesina is currently studying part-time towards her MA in Pacific Studies.

Her work background has been varied, but much of it has been related to education.  Most recently, She has worked in student support services, an area she firmly believes plays an important role helping learners to have a positive experience during their studies.

She is interested in supporting all learners to participate, progress and achieve to their full potential.  Manuesina is currently a Student Academic and Support Adviser Pasifika Law students at the University of Auckland.

Tu’a ‘ofa atu, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa.

Katie Tahana


Kaiawhina (Weekend Boarding Manager)

Ko Whira te maunga, Ko Waimamaku te awa, Ko Pakanae te marae, Ko Ngapuhi te iwi, Ko Ngatokimatwhaorua te waka.

Katie has a Bachelor of Sports Science and Management with some postgraduate studies in business. She has twenty years of experience working in education and youth based environments, using sport as the vehicle to help our youth develop a stronger sense of self and build physical and mental resilience. Katie has a deep sense of community and the value that sport and recreation has on the overall development and wellbeing of all those involved.

Katie is most proud of her work which allowed her to be a part of a team nationwide creating more opportunities for females to participate in sport and help the wider community see the value the women have this environment. She gravitates towards organisations and positions where helping people is the key objective so its only fitting that she would want to be a part of the InZone whānau.

Katie is mum to her ‘mini-me’ , 13 year old Layla. She is involved in dragonboating, waka ama and is currently a provincial representative in Touch Rugby and Tag Football.  She has represented NZ and attended 4 world cup events in Tag football.  Katie has managed Counties Manukau Women’s Stingrays team (national champions 2019) , 2 NZ Girls Rugby Sevens teams and multiple Auckland age group representative 15 a side and 7 aside girls rugby teams. She also coaches community and school teams when she has time.