Workshop interns

Six young people from around New Zealand took on the role of workshop interns to assist in the smooth running of the workshop.

Anna-Marei Kurei (lead intern)
Anna-Marei (Te Whakatōhea, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu) is from Opotiki and studied at the University of Waikato. She is interested in art, community development, development studies, health, history, indigenous studes, law, local government, photography, public policy and social work. She was an intern at the 2015 TacklingPovertyNZ workshop.


Ngareka Bensemann
Ngareka-Bensemann-160pxNgareka (Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tahu) is from Christchurch and has a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree from the University of Otago. Through her degree she found a passion for Māori oral health, fuelled by a summer research project on early childhood dental decay in Māori infants. Ngareka also has a keen interest in public policy and how the downstream effects of social, political and economic variants can have a huge impact on the quality of life of many New Zealanders. She was an intern at the 2016 ForesightNZ: Untangling New Zealand’s long-term future workshop.

Benjamin Bielski
Ben (Ngati Kahungunu) is from Wellington and currently works at Oranga Tamariki helping design the future state of care and youth justice. He graduated from the University of Otago with law and philosophy degrees and wrote his honours dissertation on the finality of Treaty Settlements, using final settlement clauses as a proxy to examine how settlements do/don’t promote reconciliation between the Crown and Māori. Ben is interested in the spaces and interactions between law, policy, and people.

Rayden Horton
Rayden (Te Atihaunui a Papārangi, Ngāti Maru o Taranaki, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) is from Taumaranui and currently works as a Leadership Consultant for Crimson Consulting. He was a Youth Ambassador for UNICEF New Zealand and a member of the Ruapehu Youth Council. He is interested in looking into and working on strategies around Regional and Economic Development in Taumarunui, to create a prosperous and healthy community that is sustainable and allows opportunity for all of its citizens. He was a participant at the 2015 TacklingPovertyNZ workshop.

Navana Matthews
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Navana will graduate from Victoria University in December 2017 with a double major of Māori Studies and Māori Resource Management. During his time at Victoria University Navana has become an advocate for language planning and policy for te reo Māori and one day hopes to add on to the revitalization of te reo Māori which is currently happening. Navana is also critically aware of the challenges faced by rangatahi, especially those from low SES backgrounds and hopes to become more politically engaged especially with local governments in low SES areas.

Caitlin Papuni-McLellan
Caitlin (Te Whakatōhea, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu) is from Ōpōtiki and is currently an intern at the New Zealand Treasury. Her work at Treasury involves advising the Pacific Capability team, as well as working on outreach programmes and designing a resource for Nga Mokopuna a Tane – Treasury’s Wharenui. She is interested in communication, media, political studies and public policy and is focused on contributing to New Zealand society as a positive role model, particularly for youth. She was a participant at the TacklingPovertyNZ workshop and an intern at the 2016 one-day TacklingPovertyNZ workshop in Queenstown.