Rākau Tautoko founder and Managing Director, Tara Moala, has worked alongside communities for 20 years in various capacities and on diverse projects. She has complemented her Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Masters of Social Work Applied (1st class honors), her thesis focusing on Māori cultural identity based in an urban setting. She is well-networked across Tāmaki, the community in which she also lives and raises her whanau.
Tara offers a kete of knowledge and skills required to facilitate social and community change. Her collaborative approach has motivated many community members and groups to take action and ownership of local initiatives. Tara creates opportunities for other organisations, practitioners and community members to co-design, participate in and take shared ownership of developing projects. As the lead practitioner, Tara oversees all other Rākau Tautoko practitioner work and manages any contracts Rākau Tautoko holds.
Our Rākau Tautoko Practitioner Whānau
We currently have eight Rākau Tautoko practitioners in our collective, we come together regularly and support each other in the work that we do. Here are our key practitioners currently active on projects. Just click on their names to download their curriculum vitae.
Candace has been working in the Tāmaki community since 2014 and began in grassroots community-led waste minimisation education with Tāmaki Waste Reduction Action Project. She has since branched out into community development work as a practitioner for Rākau Tautoko. Candace has a Bachelor of Arts and experience in media and communications and community engagement. In her downtime she enjoys cooking and gardening and spending time with her family.
Raised in a single parent household, with the support of State benefits, Dickie counts his upbringing in Mangere South Auckland as his greatest qualification. After a “road to Damascus” moment at university, Dickie left his scholarship sponsored place in a conjoint degree to enter into youth work. Dickie’s youth work practice grew to include community development and community action with particular success in connecting marginalised voices to policy processes.
Dickie’s ability to weave western and indigenous practice models has seen him work with Maori and Pasifika communities, support the learning needs of 300 young change makers across 98 countries, contribute to the development of aboriginal youth leadership in Australia, then eventually living in and working with indigenous rainforest communities in Borneo. Dickie is an expert public speaker, known for moving and inspiring others, with a particular skill for articulating vision and crafting and connecting pathways.
Jo is a skilled Social Worker that has worked in the field for many years including working alongside young mums with a caseload and programme management at Te Waipuna Puawai. Jo is currently working part time for ACC managing a caseload for Specialist Rehabilitation Services through out Northland and Auckland. In her Community Development work, she has worked as a mentor in the Technical Training programme for young people, and facilitated Capability Workshops for the communities of Maungakiekie and Tāmaki. Jo has also co-developed with the community of Tāmaki a Live Lightly project to help build awareness around the impact on the earth and ways of educating people to shift their habits.
The latest project Jo has been involved in, is the Early Years Hub Empathy interviews for Tāmaki Response – supporting the young families of Tāmaki to share their thoughts around what would be ideal for an Early Years Hub to be like.
Nikki Korte has worked as a practitioner on projects in Tamaki and Maungakiekie. She has organised and presented at community workshops in order to help people interested in starting their own business. Nikki has collaborated with community organisations to understand the needs of parents of pre-schoolers in Tamaki and used co-design to create activities for pre-schoolers in Tamaki. Nikki has an accounting background so also does accounting work for small businesses.
Ren works across Tāmaki and Maungakiekie in a variety of different capacities. As well as being a practitioner for us, she is Programme Lead with the HEART Movement. Ren is a refugee resettlement volunteer with the Red Cross, an Independent Celebrant and recently completed the Bachelor of Leadership for Change with Otago Polytechnic.
She has been a Rākau Tautoko practitioner since 2017 working on community development, workshops, empathy interviewing,
capability building and project management. She loves to see positive change and is an admin and organisation Queen!
She loves meeting new people and has a knack for making everyone feel relaxed. If she looks familiar, you may have seen her MC-ing the Mana Wāhine event in Tāmaki, 2019. Or it may be because she is Tara’s sister!
Tyrone was raised in a very community minded home. He said he owes a lot of his passion for community to his parents and wider family having run many groups and events in community. You could say he has been building his practice since he was child but he has worked alongside community formally since 2014.
Tyrone has a real desire to see people who have experienced inter generational hardship thrive. Tyrone believes his biggest skill is the ability to learn quick and adapt. He enjoys storytelling and uses it through his practice to bring community together.
Tyrone has worked on such project as TIES: Tāmaki Inclusive Engagement Strategy and making it digital for people in the community and beyond to consume.
Our hubZERO Whānau
We currently have two Inspiration Creators in the hubZERO collective, they inspire people to grow their waste based social enterprises. Click through to see more info on our hubZERO page.
Environmental awareness is second nature to Jasmine. She grew up in a waste conscious household where compost, recyclables and paper were disposed of correctly, power and water was preserved, and breakfast would be last night’s dinner if you didn’t finish your kai. After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce, Jasmine knew she wanted to work in a fulfilling role.
She began creating a small art and apparel business, but quickly discovered that commercial practices didn’t align with her environmental values. After re-assessing her business model with the help and support of Hub Zero business and capability building workshops, Jasmine has created her brand Indigo Art + Apparel which upcycles preloved items using her artistic skills. She is privileged and excited to be part of the Hub Zero team in 2020 and looks forward to meeting like-minded people who live by the Hub Zero kaupapa.
Phenomenal Young Women
Phenomenal Young Women is currently looking at growing more Youth Leads to grow in 2021, they support the running of the youth groups. Click through to see more info on our Phenomenal Young Women page.