Management and Admin Team

Jason Whatuira


Mauri ora ki a koutou katoa.

Ko Tamatea-Ariki-nui te taumata rongonui
Ko Ruawharo te tihi tapu
Ko Ruamano te mata-tiaki
Ko Tākitimu te waka -tipua
Ko Whakapunake te toka tū moana
Ko Te Wairoa Matangi Rau te waiū, te waiora
Ko Ngāti Kahungunu te iwi
Ko Te Kapuamatotoru rāua ko Te Ō Tāne te pārekereketanga o ngā rangatira
Ko Ruataniwha rāua ko Taihoa ōku marae
Ko Whatuira te whānau
Ko Thomas James tōku Pāpā

Nō Ngāti Pākehā tōku kōkā
Ko ia te poutokomanawa o tōku ao
Ko Kathleen Cresswell tōna ingoa

Ko Jason Niwa Whatuira tēnei e mihi ana ki a koutou katoa.

Jason is a forward-looking leader and acknowledged high achiever with a passion for te ao Māori, operational risk, learning organisations and a demonstrated ability to build quality relationships with a multinational, matrixed organisation. Inspired by excellence, Jason is a natural collaborator, communicator and influencer who engages effectively with multiple agencies, senior leaders and cross-cultural, geographically dispersed teams. With the ability to deliver and build consensus across all levels and instill a culture of team collaboration to achieve common objectives. Jason has a master’s degree in Māori and Indigenous Leadership, and a graduate of Te Pīnakitanga ki te Reo Kairangi (Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga). An advocate of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace underpinned by a systematic framework of Te Ao Māori leadership principles.

Debbie Burrows


Debbie is Mum to a blended family of eight children who are of Samoan, Tongan, Māori and European decent. She has extensive experience working with Māori and Pacific communities from business mentoring for adults and young entrepreneurs to fundraising and providing water tanks, libraries, foot-ware, educational scholarships and jobs in Samoa. Her partner has been bestowed the Tuala title from Leauva’a, Samoa.

Debbie owned and operated a successful business in Onehunga and has held a variety of roles across commercial, government and not-for-profit organisations. Her most recent experience as an Executive at YWCA saw her manage fundraising, marketing, public relations, communications, sponsorship, social enterprise and programme innovation. She is currently the Deputy Chair of the Maungakiekie Tamaki Local Board which takes her out of the InZone office every Tuesday.

Debbie has a reputation as a change maker with a strong passion and influence to make a difference – helping others receive equal opportunities and enabling them to reach their full potential.

Cameron McGill

Finance Manager

Cameron is the father of three girls who he shares with his Samoan wife. Two of his daughters attend Epsom Girls Grammar School. He is our resident Aussie, there’s always one sneaking in but has lived in Aotearoa for a long time now.

Cameron has been an Accountant for over 18 years and has previously worked at NZ Fisheries and NZ Customs Service.

He is a mad keen sports fan and loves playing/watching any sport that’s going though he admits to being a bit unfit these days.

The culture, ethos and founding principles of InZone are what attracted Cameron to work with us. He really enjoys seeing the rangatahi succeed and grow into tomorrow’s leaders.

Tracey Gieck

Development Manager

Tracey joined InZone in 2017 and is currently the Development Manager. In this role Tracey works across a few areas including database development, coordinating our annual fundraiser and supporting whānau in meeting their financial obligations.

Tracey was born raised and schooled in Wellington. She has 4 children and has lived around the world including in Australia, USA and London, and she now lives in Auckland. Tracey has an accounting degree and a strong philanthropic nature, which means that she has always volunteered her time for charities while parenting her children. She has chaired her children’s school board, co-ordinated volunteers, helped with administration and finance for charities and is a companion at a local rest home.

Tracey is an avid skier and is attending full immersion Te Reo throughout 2021. Tracey is passionate about InZone and enjoys working for a place and with people who have the same values as her.

Shalom Tanielu

Accounts and Office Administrator

Shalom was born and raised in Samoa and comes from the village of Puleia, Savaii.

Shalom received her Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting at Auckland University of Technology in 2018. She had been working for the Government of Samoa prior to moving back to New Zealand in early 2020.

Shalom loves baking, cooking, travelling and spending time with family.

Julia Powell

Foundation Manager

Ko Coromandel te waka, ko tamaki te awa, ko Ohui-a-rangi te maunga, Nō Aotearoa ahau, nō te whānau Powell, ko Julia Powell ahau

Julia's primary role is to manage and develop the Foundation’s funding strategy. Julia joined InZone in 2020 and remains passionate about the kaupapa.

Kaingāhou ana ki ia, ki te ako i e tahi atu reo. Ko te hakinakina pai ki ia, ko te mirihau. Ko te mea pai ki ia, ko te tunu kai.
Julia loves to cook, windsurf and learn languages.