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Our TeAM

Te Ara Mahi staff come from a range of backgrounds and life experiences. We understand the needs of people with barriers to employment who are looking for meaningful employment or training.

Our staff have experience and qualifications in employment support, psychology, counselling, and social work.  All Te Ara Mahi staff have a commitment to providing support that is professional, respectful, friendly and down to earth.

Leadership TeAM

Peter Rees Te Ara Mahi Director

Pete Rees

Director (Business)

027 544 9113



Pete has worked in mental health for almost 30 years and co-founded Te Ara Mahi in 2005.  Pete has had a diverse professional life. His qualifications are mostly science-based and he has a Diploma in Supported Employment. Pete now lives in Dunedin, working remotely to manage the business functions of the organisation.

Moira McLeod Te Ara Mahi Director

Moira McLeod

Director (Quality)

027 548 8120


Moira has worked in the disability and employment sectors for many years as a job coach, career counsellor and job broker.  A co-founder and Director of Te Ara Mahi since 2005, Moira has a Diploma in Supported Employment and a depth of experience in supporting jobseekers achieve their goals. Currently her focus is on Quality, ensuring our service is delivered to high standards, and supporting our talented team of Employment Specialists.

Beth Rogers

Manager/ IPS Supervisor

027 918 1889


Beth joined TeAM in 2013 and has psychology and management qualifications. Beth is responsible for the day-to-day running of the TeAM service, including managing workforce development, referrals as well as all aspects of IPS and business management.

Nelson/ Tasman


Sian Kerr

Employment Specialist

027 214 4312


Sian joined TeAM in 2021. She has a very broad professional background working in hospitality, customer service, real estate, tourism, childcare, and more. Sian has a diploma in Performance Technology from Auckland Unitec and in her spare time, volunteers as a 'techie' on theatre shows. Sian brings with her, excellent problem-solving skills, people skills, and a desire to help others.

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Sean Te Moananui

Employment Specialist

027 558 8010


Sean Te Moananui made the move to the Nelson region as a child. He grew up in Motueka, Studied Media and Arts in Nelson and forged a successful career in Radio before leaving NZ in 2001 to travel between the UK, NZ and Australia. Returning in 2020 to take up this full-time role as his part of working for Te Tangata, Te Tangata, Te Tangata

"The People, The People, The People"

TeAnna Hema

Employment Specialist

027 274 5520


Akiaki te tii o te tangata 

Nurture the indescribable light in a person. 

Ko Te Maaipi te Maunga 

Ko Kaihoata te Awa 

Ko Ngati Kahungunu ratou Ko Rangitane me Ngai Tahu ngaa iwi 

Ko Ngai Tuumapuuhia-a-rangi te Hapu 

Ko Tuumapuuhia te Marae 

Ko TeAnna Hema toku ingoa 

Tihei Mauri Ora. 

TeAnna, having moved from Otautahi to Nelson has recently joined our team. 

Her background employment is teaching, case management, and whanau ora delivery across both central government sectors and NGOs. 

TeAnna is passionate about promoting wellbeing and cultural identity, particularly supporting the process that helps whanau create and then reach their personal goals and aspirations. 

Mai I te kore, ki te po, ki te ao marama. 

From potential, to formation, to the physical manifestation.


Maria Julkunen

Employment Specialist

027 538 8938


Maria joined TeAM in 2020 and enjoys connecting with people to find ways to support their employment goals. Maria has a background in the creative industries, managing people in non-profit organisations, tutoring adult learners as well as experience from Early Childhood Education and Community Support Work. Maria has a Bachelor of Design qualification and is working towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Business (Human Resources Management) and a Health and Wellness qualification. 


Raylene Abbott Team Leader and Employment Consultant

Kylie Templeman

Employment Specialist

027 558 8182


Kylie joined TeAM in 2017 after completing a Psychology Degree with an education minor focused on human development. Kylie has a background in managing and developing teams and holds qualifications in management and copy-editing/proofreading. Kylie enjoys the face to face nature of our work and is passionate about helping others to reach their full potential through exploring their strengths and vocational aspirations.

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Chris Lippiatt

Employment Specialist

027 432 4235



Chris joined TeAM in 2018 and has a varied employment history, including; professional cookery, warehousing and logistics, bottling line management and youth work. 

Chris has a Diploma in psychology and is working towards a degree.

Chris is also involved in the Top of the South Film Society.

Chloe Dixon

Employment Specialist

027 336 6311



Greymouth/ West Coast

Alister Wells

Employment Specialist

027 768 6802


Alister joined TeAM in 2019 following a career as a frontline Police Officer. He is passionate about helping others and enjoys the challenging and rewarding nature of the employment specialist role, in assisting tangata whāiora to achieve their education and employment based goals.

Benjamin Murphy

Employment Specialist

027 334 2585


Ben began his journey with TeAM in 2020 after working as a support worker for school-leavers with an intellectual disability . Ben really enjoys all aspects of connecting with people and helping others in the community. He brings experience from glacier guiding, volunteering with at risks teens and trades /industry.