Executive Team

  • Hariata Vercoe

    Ngāti Pikiao | Ngāti Kea/Ngāti Tuara | Ngāti Whakaue | Ngāti Manawa | Ngāti Makino | Te Rarawa

    Tumuaki | Chief Executive Officer

    Hariata initially joined Korowai Aroha as the Corporate Services Manager in 2008, moving into the Chief Executive Officer role in 2012.

    Hariata has an extensive background in finance, administration, HR, and management.

    Hariata is a current Ministerial appointment to the Nursing Council of NZ and a trustee of the Rotorua Community Hospice.

  • Noelene Rapana

    Ngāti Whakaue | Ngāti Tūwharetoa | Ngāti Manuhiri | Ngāti Porou | Ngāti Hurungaterangi

    Chief Operating Officer

    DipNsg | BN | PGCertLTC | PGDipHSC

    Noelene has enjoyed working as a Registered Nurse for over 30 years, joining Korowai in 2013.  Born and raised in Rotorua, Noelene relished in her role as a Respiratory Nurse Specialist thriving in an environment where whānau-centred care and the whānau voice was treasured.

    Nurtured within the Korowai values, Noelene embraced opportunities, while learning about her own culture, language, and mātauranga Māori; moving into the Community Services Manager and subsequently the Operations Manager before taking up her latest position as  Chief Operating Officer.

    ‘It is such a privilege to serve whānau, I am truly grateful’.


  • Richard Vercoe

    Ngāti Pikiao | Ngāti Kea/Ngāti Tuara | Ngāti Whakaue | Ngāti Manawa | Ngāti Makino

    Corporate Services Manager

    Richard joined Korowai Aroha in May 2015.  He has a background in finance, administration, management, and payroll.

    Richard is a Trustee of Manupirua Springs Trust and is Treasurer for the Pounamunui Marae Committee.

  • Te Ahuriri

    Ngāti Te Maunga | Ngāti Tūwharetoa | Ngāti Maniapoto | Ngāti Raukawa | Ngāti Tahu | Ngāti Whaoa | Ngāti Kea/Ngāti Tuara

    Community Services Manager

    BAppSocSci | MMIL

    Te Ahuriri was raised in the big smoke of Whakamaru by her Nan and Koro and says she is a proud māmā to her (mostly) beautiful tamariki and nan to her (absolutely beautiful) mokopuna.  Te Ahuriri is a Registered Social Worker and is passionate about supporting whānau to flourish, thrive and connect.  She tells us she “talks waaaaaay too much”.

    Te Ahuriri is a joy to be around and brings a positive and motivating energy to the team.  She is a supportive manager who walks alongside her team.

  • Tracey Morgan

    Kaiwhakahaere Neehi | Practice Manager

    Tracey joined Korowai Aroha in May 2023 as Practice Manager.  Tracey comes with 17 years working as a Registered Nurse and is excited to fulfil this new chapter.  She is also a Board of Director for New Zealand Nurses Organisation, National Executive Chair for Primary Health NZNO, and sits on the Royal College of General Practitioners Leadersip Forum GPLF).

  • Dr Mike Tustin

    GP Team Lead

    MB, ChB, BSc, DIP Paeds, FRNZCGP

    Mike is a full time GP at Korowai Aroha, and a Trustee, with a vast institutional understanding of the development and requirements of the organisation and its Māori population.  Mike is the Team Lead for the GP Clinic.

  • Aleisha Thompson

    Ngāti Raukawa

    Clinical Nurse Lead

    BNUR, PGDipHSc

    Aleisha first joined Korowai Aroha as a student Nurse in 2012 and came back to join the team as a new graduate Nurse in 2013.  Since then she has continued with her studies and became a ‘Registered Nurse Designated Prescriber for Primary Health and Specialty Teams’ and taken on the role as Clinical Nurse Lead.  Aleisha is passionate about working with whānau to build health literacy and achieve their health goals and loves seeing the positive outcomes that follow.

Clinical Team


  • Mike Tustin

    General Practitioner

    MB, ChB, BSc, DIP Paeds, FRNZCGP

  • Aroha Ihaka

    Te Aupōuri

    General Practitioner


  • Eesha Karunanayake

    General Practitioner

    MBBS (Sri Lanka) | FRNZCGP

  • Kim Mawson

    General Practitioner

    MBChB (Otago) | FRNZCGP

  • Sosek Simonian

    General Practitioner

    MBChB (Basrah) | RNZCGP

  • Josh Wakem

    General Practitioner

    MBChB (Otago)

  • Hohepa Cumming

    Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga | Ngāti Toa | Ngaa Rauru | Te Āti Haunui a Papārangi

    General Practitioner


Nurses and Health Care Assistants

  • Aleisha Thompson

    Ngāti Raukawa

    RN Designated Prescriber

    BNUR | PGDipHSc

  • Alisa Williams

    Ngāti Pikiao | Whakatōhea

    Registered Nurse

    BNUR | BSocSci

  • Anthea Bryant

    Tūhoe | Ngāti Manawa

    Health Care Assistant | Clinical Administrator

  • Rose Whetu-Boldarin


    Practice Nurse

  • Sean Scott

    Ngāti Whakaue | Ngāti Hurunga Te Rangi | Tūhourangi | Te Roro o te Rangi | Ngāti Tūwharetoa

    RN Designated Prescriber

    BNUR | PGDipHSc

  • Tamar Thyme

    Ngāti Rangitihi | Ngāti Whakaue | Tūhourangi | Ngāpuhi

    Registered Nurse


  • Turuhira Marino

    Ngāi Tūhoe | Te Āti Awa | Whakatōhea

    Registered Nurse

    BNUR | PGDipHSc

  • Richard Rautjoki

    Ngāti Pikiao

    Paeāwhina | Healthcare Assistant


Administration Team

  • Fuschia

    Administration Team Lead

  • Aroha Pomare

    Ngāpuhi | Ngāti Wai

    Kiripaepae Hauora | Medical Receptionist

  • Doreen Te Kaawa

    Ngāti Taawhaki

    Kiripaepae Hauora | Medical Receptionist

  • Phoebe Ransfield

    Tūhoe | Te Arawa

    Kiripaepae Hauora | Medical Receptionist

  • Taipari Edmonds

    Ngāti Rangiwewehi | Te Arawa

    Kiripaepae Hauora | Medical Receptionist

Community Services

  • Te Ahuriri

    Ngāti Te Maunga| Ngāti Tūwharetoa | Ngāti Maniapoto | Ngāti Raukawa | Ngāti Tahu | Ngāti Whaoa | Ngāti Kea/Ngāti Tuara

    Lead Paeāwhina - Whaioranga

    BAppSocSci | MMIL

  • Amanda Pachoud

    RN Designated Prescriber


  • Della Winiata

    Mirimiri Practitioner

  • Grace Ransfield

    Kura Kaupapa Māori Nurse


  • Mary Roberts

    Ngāti Porou

    Mobile Māori Nurse | Diabetes Nurse Specialist

    BNUR | PGDipHSc

  • Roel Austria

    Respiratory Nurse Specialist


  • Gayl Siesicki

    Ngāpuhi | Ngāti Kotimana | Ngāti Airihi

    Community Nurse

    RGON | PGDipHSc

  • Taniora Hesp

    Ngai Tahu

    Paewhiriwhiri | Coordinator - Tāne Takitu Ake

  • Sam Runga

    Rongomaiwahine | Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa

    Paewhiriwhiri - Tāne Takitu Ake

  • Para Mātenga

    Tuhourangi Ngāti Wahiao | Ngāti Tūwharetoa | Rongowhakaata


  • Sheryl Iraia

    Tūhoe | Tainui


  • Jane Lane

    Project Coordinator | Data Analyst


  • Liza Kerr-Kohunui

    Ngai Tuhoe | Te Arawa

    Paeārahi | Fit for Surgery

  • Ihaka Kerr-Kohunui

    Te Arawa me Tūwharetoa

    Paeārahi - Whaioranga

  • Justine

    Raukawa ki Wharepūhunga

    Paeārahi - Whaioranga

Home Based Support Services

  • Ronda Ogle

    Ngāpuhi/Ngāti Hau | Ngāruahine | Ngāti Ruanui | Ngāti Haua

    Team Lead

  • Jessie Tahana