Media Release

New kaiako matua is "Back in the Whare"

July 4, 2023

The Araiteuru Kōkiri Training Centre Board of Trustees is proud to announce the appointment of Lisa Lindsay to the new Kaiako Matua (Senior Teacher) role.

Ms Lindsay, nō Waihopai, was welcomed with a mihi whakatau on Monday 3 July at Araiteuru Kōkiri Training Centre (Kōkiri) on Macandrew Rd in Dunedin.

Ms Lindsay is no stranger to Kōkiri Training Centre, having taught the first four intakes of Whānau Ora Level 3 from 2019 – 2021.

“I am very honoured and proud to say I will be back in the whare at Kōkiri Training Centre from 3 June 2023 delivering the Whānau Ora Level 3 programme – I can’t wait,” she says.

“I’m also excited to be working once more with my Whānau Ora Navigator Jillian Waitere and feel lucky to have the support from the Araiteuru Kōkiri Training Centre Board of Trustees to re-join Kōkiri and lend my tautoko on the next stage of its developmental journey.

“I cannot wait to see our past and present whānau rocking through the doors to reconnect.”

Araiteuru Kōkiri Training Centre Board Chair, Janine Kapa, says Ms Lindsay will be a huge asset to Kōkiri given her strong community connections and passion for community wellbeing.

“We are so fortunate that Lisa has come on board to help steer a new direction for Kōkiri and breathe new energy into the Whānau Ora programme. Lisa has a wealth of experience in community development and we’re so excited to support her on this journey to reinvigorate Kōkiri, the Whānau Ora programme in particular,” Ms Kapa says.

“Over the past few years, Kōkiri has weathered some storms due to the impacts of COVID and a major roof replacement, requiring the Board to call for a strategic reset. Ms Lindsay’s appointment is part of that refresh, as well as opening the doors to our colleagues from A3 Kaitiaki Ltd.  With the whare humming and a new kaiako ready to rumble, we know we are moving in the right direction.”

The Whānau Ora L3 programme kicks off July 17. We are still taking enrolments, so if you would like to know more, please email us:

“We have an open-door policy at Kōkiri and welcome visits from our hapori anytime for a kanohi-ki-te-kanohi kōrero. Nau mai, haere mai!” Ms Lindsay says.

Araiteuru Kōkiri Training Centre was first opened in 1983 to provide education, training and support in a kaupapa Māori environment. It is the only remaining Māori Private Training Establishment (PTE) south of Ōtautahi (Christchurch).