Karllie Clifton

Senior Boarding Manager Girls' Kainga

Karllie has more than 18 years’ experience in secondary education involved a number of pastoral and on-site supervision roles. Most recently she was a secondary teacher for a five-week programme based at Hillary Outdoors, on Aotea Great Barrier Island. She had full responsibility for the day to day care of 30-40 students and has been involved with this programme since 2013. Karllie's extensive pastoral experience comes from nine years as a secondary school Dean. The skills and expertise Karllie brings to InZone is a perfect fit for the role of Senior Boarding Manager. She is also completing her Masters in Education where she is looking at resilience and well being in rangatahi for her thesis



Koia kei a ia mō te mahi kai!
Shontz is from Tāmaki Makaurau and is a trained chef having worked for catering companies and on superyachts. He has fit right in with the rangatahi, talking with them often to get a feel for what kind of food they need to fuel themselves with to keep up with all their studies and co-curricular activities. Shontz also has a big interest in nutrition and has been sneaking lots of veg into his dishes.

Emma Fainu

Kaiāwhina - girls' kāinga

Emma is an experienced primary school teacher who stepped out of the classroom in 2019. Currently, she is a Learning Support Coordinator for Te Iti Kahurangi Kāhui Ako, working in and across schools within Onehunga and Mangere Bridge. Emma is passionate about supporting Māori and Pasifika ākonga with additional needs and their whānau to navigate the education system to achieve more positive experiences and outcomes along their journey.
Emma is looking forward to bringing her skills, experience, and values as an educator, mother, and aunty into the girls’ kāinga. Above all Emma enjoys getting to know people and values relationships. She hopes to have a positive impact at the girls’ kāinga and is eager to learn alongside and from kōhine as well

Cie Hayward


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.

Carnia-Rose Aupouri

Kaiāwhina - girls' kāinga

Ko Pukemaire te Maunga, Ko Reporua te Awa, Ko Tuauau te Marae
Ko Ngati Porou te Iwi, Ko Ngati Rangi te hapu o toku Matua. Ko Vaigaga ki Hamoa te Iwi o toku Whaea.
Carnia-Rose Aupouri is one of our weekend kaiāwhina at the girls kāinga. During the week she works as a teacher aide at Kedgley Intermediate School during the day and tutors English at Kumon during her evenings.
Before joining InZone, Carnia-Rose has had work experience with Public Outreach where she did ethical phone fundraising for Make-A-Wish foundation. Prior to that, she did a four-year internship with Fletcher Building Limited as a recipient of the First Foundation Scholarship.
Carnia-Rose Aupouri has a proud cultural heritage of Samoan and Maori. She was raised in Tāmaki Makaurau since the age of three and has been an active member in the E.F.K.S Magele i Sisifo Congregational Church. There she learnt how to speak, read and write in Gagana Samoa.
She is very excited to step into a role where she is working alongside youth. Her purpose is to aid, nurture and support our tamariki to push beyond their perceived limits, so they can reach their full potential.

Mark Tyrell

Weekend Kaiawhina

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”.

Daniel Kelly

Kaiārahi Ako/ Learning 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.

Christian Mika

Chef de partie

Samoan, Christian was born and raised in Otara . He has two older brothers and one younger sister.

Christian was a professional league player in Australia with the Titans and was able to travel widely with the sport. After his NRL career finished, Christian turned to cooking which had always interested him. Following his culinary education at NZMA, Christian cooked in restaurants and clubs before coming to InZone. He loves the variety in his days spent in the kitchen, cooking something different everyday.

My name is Royalene Edwards, but I prefer to be called RJ. I am 27 years old. I was born and raised in Manurewa, but now I live in Papakura. I am Māori and I am Deaf. My first official language is New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). I am the fifth of six children, and the only Deaf person in my family. My iwi are Ngapuhi (mother’s side) and Tainui (father’s side). I have four children. I have previously worked as a cleaner at Grand Mercure hotel and Middlemore Hospital, and as a support worker at Geneva Elevator Healthcare. My interests include playing netball and I am the team manager and committee member for Marlins Deaf Rugby team. I enjoy relaxing, having a peaceful life and also enjoy a good laugh and joking around. I really love to help and support others and being involved with everyone socially.

Mel Kupu

Kaiawhina - Boys' kāinga

Malo e laumalie’a hou’eiki moe lelei ‘ae Tonga kotoa ‘ihe fale ni. Ko hoku hingoa ko Melena’a Kupu. ‘Oku ou fiefia he faingamalie keu ngaue mo tokoni va ofi ange ki hono tokangaekina ‘etau fanau ‘oku nau ma’u faingamalie mai kihe Inzone. Koe faka’amu ke tau fepoupouaki kiha kaha’u ‘oku lelei ma’ae fanau. Malo ‘Aupito.

Mel has two boys at InZone where she enjoys supporting our rangatahi as a Kaiawhina in the boys' kāinga.

Mel is Tongan and has been living in Aotearoa for many years. With a background in tourism and aviation, Mel is now working towards her Bachelors in Social Work through Te Wananga o Aotearoa

Rāhera Renata

Kaiawhina - Girls' kāinga

He uri tēnei nō Ngā puhi ki Whirinaki, Ngāti Hapana ki Tsuyama ratou ko Ngāti Pākēhā.
Ko Ramaroa te maunga
Ko Whirinaki te awa
Ko Matawhaorua te waka
Ko Te Hikutu te hapū
Ko Ngā Puhi te iwi

With Māori, Japanese and European whakapapa, Rachel/Rāhera Renata has been working passionately in Youth and Community development for over 12 years. She has lived most of her life in Te Whanganui a Tara Wellington but moved to Auckland in 2019 with her husband so that they would be able to study Indigenous Theology. 2021 saw them both enrolling in rumaki reo, Te Wananga o Takiura, to reclaim their reo and gain a better understanding of whakaaro māori.
2022 will see both her and her husband finishing their degrees in indigenous theology.

Rāhera has experience in disabilities, mental health support and trauma. She often travels to speak at youth events but holds more value in her relational interactions with young people.

She was excited to step into a supportive role in the girls' kainga and is most happy cleaning and cooking in the kitchen as she believes food is a commonly understood love language.

Georgina Namana

Kaiāwhina - girls' kāinga

Ko putauaki tōku maunga
Ko te orini tōku awa
Ko mātaatua tōku waka
Ko ngati awa tōku iwi
Ko taiwhakaea tōku marae
No whakatane ahau

Iam 28 years old and have 3 children between 7 and 12. I love spending most of my time with family, I enjoy music and traveling to my hometown. I grew up in Otara and Manurewa. I now live in Papakura.
Before joining the team at InZone, I was working as a teacher aide at Randwick Park school in Manurewa. While working in their bilingual unit for a year, I saw the passion from rangatahi getting to know the importance of their culture. Working at InZone I hope to share the same passion as these students with everyone. I hope to make the environment at InZone a fun and exciting place to be.