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Our staff

Anya Satyanand, Executive Officer

What I love about Ara Taiohi - I love that Ara Taiohi provides a collective and strong voice for young people in Aotearoa, and the people working with them. I believe that Ara Taiohi is a voice that needs to be heard in order for us to forge a hopeful future as a nation. I love Ara Taiohi's strong whakapapa which sits alongside our focus on the future that we create with our work with young people.

I bring experience in education and in working collaboratively in support of young people. 

My favourite food is WAHI KAI made by the amazing students at Wellington High! South Indian or Fiji thali served up on a banana leaf. Any kind of dumplings...mmm, dumplings.

Ask me about the history of mainstream media representations of youth! Māori and Pacific cinema. Indian television. Moral panics!

My role model is Tabby Besley's blowing my mind at the moment- what an amazing person! Taking the kaupapa to Buckingham Palace! Ngā mihi ki a koe Tabby!

Kirsten Le Harivel, Communications & Stakeholder Relations Advisor

What I love about Ara Taiohi - its potential to work collaboratively and intersectorally to make a difference for young people in Aotearoa.

I bring experience in many areas of the youth sector and a collaborative and solutions-focussed approach.

My favourite food is anything cooked with love and skill.

Ask me about writing, poetry and food.

My role models are people who live their lives simply and with dignity, respect and humility.


Wendy Osmond, Office Administrator

What I love about Ara Taiohi - all the different things Ara Taiohi does and how these all add up to make a difference.

I bring heaps of skills, passion and energy to get things done.

My favourite food is spicy, spicy and then anything spicy!

Ask me about family and changing careers several times.

My role model is a previous manager who said, “If I leak information to you when you are in the Opposition, will you trust me when you are in Government?”


Kabel Manga, Grants Administrator

What I love about Ara Taiohi: The supportive environment! I have felt comfortable taking on new tasks and challenging myself. I have also loved that I have had an opportunity to benefit the communities that I am close to and work alongside people that I admire.

I bring my knowledge of LGBTIQ youth issues and experience of working within that sector.

My favourite food is Mexican, the spicier and more sour cream the better.

Ask me about cocktails.


Leanne O’Connell, Accounts

Thanks to all the staff and contractors who have contributed to Ara Taiohi so far

Adela Jones, Andrea Leersnyder, Brittney Schinzel, Glenda McCallum, Hannah Dunlop, Elizabeth Kerekere, Ray Ropata, Simon Hartman, Sonya Hogan and Trina King.