We are proud to welcome to the Arataki team our three new team members: Hollie Tawhiao (Project Manager), Destinee-Jayne Wikaira (Administration Coordinator) and Tairua Gillies (Digital & Content Marketing Manager).


Hollie Tuhimareikura Tawhiao – Ngāti Tīpa
Born and raised in Hamilton Hollie attended Waikato University before transferring credits to Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons). As a founding member of TRWOT (Te Reo Wainene o Tua), a Māori language initiative, Hollie has worked alongside Arataki founder Lee on numerous projects for over a decade. In 2018 Hollie completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Museums (Distinction) in order to pursue a career actively caring for Māori material culture and taonga alongside oral culture and history.

Destinee-Jayne Wikaira – Ngāpuhi, Tainui, Ngāti Maniapoto
Destinee is currently a student at the University of Waikato studying a Bachelor of Business majoring in marketing and has recently come onboard as the Administration Assistant Intern for Arataki Systems. Once graduated, her goals include dedicating her time and skills to benefit low socio-economic communities and has dreams of creating business initiatives to generate greater opportunities for Te Tai Tokerau. With experience in leadership and facilitation for Māori Rangatahi, and a passion for the advancement of Māori, she hopes to bring innovation and a young, fresh perspective to her role.

Tairua Gillies – Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Kahungunu
A University of Waikato graduate (Bachelor of Management Studies double majoring in Marketing and Strategic Management), Tairua is a Te Arawa born, Rotorua raised digital marketing specialist, having previously worked at Te Puia | New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute as a marketing coordinator and recently as a digital marketing contractor for Priority One for the event, He Rangatahi, He Anamata. Tairua is passionate about all things digital, working with rangatahi Māori and hopes to one day be his own boss.

Looking forward to working with these three amazing and talented people with Arataki.