Kainga Ora Presentation Team

Presenters - Amos Kamo, Justin Roberts, JP Te Puia

Dr Acushla Sciascia

Thursday 25 Feb, 1445-1545

Papatuanuku Room

Te Kurutao (Group Māori) is Kāinga Ora’s centre of excellence for leading, supporting and growing the organisations cultural capacity and capability. This was a direct response to meeting Māori needs and aspirations and fulfilling Kāinga Ora’s obligations under the new legislation to partner and work more effectively with Māori. Creating partnerships with Iwi and Māori communities is key to successfully enabling Māori to realise their own goals and aspirations. To do this we also need to strengthen and grow our cultural capability across the organisation so that we have individual and collective understandings and appreciation of Māori ways of thinking, Māori goals and aspirations and ultimately be more effective in the way we engage with Māori.

Amos Kamo (Ngāī Tahu, Ngāti Mutunga)

Amos is Director of Policy and Performance with Te Kurutao. He has held a number of senior management roles in the public service and private sector.  Amos is an environmental planner with advanced proficiencies in strategy, policy, governance, mediation, iwi engagement, public consultation, design and project management.

Justin Roberts (Ngāti Kahungunu, Tūhoe, Whanganui)

Justin has a background in Māori education including supporting schools to develop curriculum.  He has recently been appointed Director Rangatira Relationships with Te Kurutao.

JP Te Puia (Ngāti Pikiao, Tūhoe)

JP Te Puia has worked in the public sector for the past 11 years - the last three years with Housing NZ and now Kāinga Ora. He is Director Innovations and Opportunities with Te Kurutao.

Dr Acushla Sciascia (Ngāruahine Rangi, Ngāti Ruanui, Te Āti Awa)

Acushla is a researcher and has worked on a range of kaupapa including climate change, Māori agribusiness, te reo Māori, education and resilience. Her work focuses on transformative outcomes for Māori. She is Director of Māpuna Consultants and is contracted to Kāinga Ora to lead the development of the Māori Strategy.