Behind every well-oiled machine is a team of passionate people and here at HUIA we recognise that it takes a team to realise a vision.
Brian Morris – Executive Director
Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongowhakaata
Always prepared with an intriguing tale to tell, Brian has been part of the HUIA team for over 17 years. In 2014, Brian transitioned from managing the HUIA Education team into the role of an Executive Director and owner of HUIA. Brian remains an integral leader of the services team for educational publishing and is a licensed Māori language translator, providing his expertise for te reo Māori language translations and editing.
Eboni Waitere – Executive Director
Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitane
After five years as Chief Operations Officer at HUIA and equipped with previous directorship experience, Eboni became an Executive Director and owner in 2014. Eboni’s role at HUIA enables her to provide oversight of the company and in particular to the Commercial Publishing and Operations teams. Eboni is a strong advocate for Māori medium education and co-chairs Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Whanganui-ā-Tara.
Pania Tahau-Hodges – Educational Publishing Manager
Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāi Tūhoe
One of the warmest souls in the office, Pania came to HUIA fresh out of university as a young and eager editor. She stayed for five years before moving on to broaden her work experience. After 10 years out in the big, wide world, Pania returned to HUIA in 2011. Pania works tirelessly to ensure that the educational resource we produce are fun and engaging for readers. She is waka ama mad and wishes she could fly.
Bryony Walker – Publishing Editor
Bryony is a Wellingtonian who started working as a researcher and transformed into an editor after doing the Whitireia Publishing course. She is now completely absorbed in proofs and punctuation, commas and characters, typos and timelines, and a whole lot of reading.
Kawata Teepa – Resource Developer
Kawata is a writer, content developer and licensed te reo Māori translator. His translations of children’s books include award-winning Ngā Kī, Maumahara ki tērā Nōema and Ngarimu Te Tohu Toa. Kawata is our resident guitar-player, music-maker and joker. He returned to HUIA in 2016 to jump back into the world of writing and developing content for educational resources.
Jennifer Hussey – Operations Administrator
A lover of 80’s boybands, 90’s hiphop and all things Harry Potter, Jennifer is our ever-friendly Operations Administrator. As a maniacal list maker, Jennifer’s desk is a canvas of daily post-it notes and to-do lists. Jennifer is also a master spoon player and enjoys a Sunday night feast of roast pork and crackling.
Waimatua Morris – Sales and Marketing Manager
Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Mutunga
Waimatua is HUIA’s resident yoga junkie. She joined HUIA as Production Manager in January 2014 and transitioned into the sales and marketing role in January 2017. Constantly on the hunt for new and innovative ideas to ensure HUIA titles have a competitive edge in the market.
Te Kani Price – Design Manager
Whakatohea, Ngāti Tūwharetoa
Having flown in from Melbourne to take on the Design Executive role in 2015, Te Kani is the baby of the production team here at HUIA. In his new role Te Kani is responsible for the creative process behind the projects and managing the look and feel of the design. He is a self-professed pop-culture nerd with an old-soul and an overly enthusiastic reaction to 1950’s musicals.
Robyn Bargh – Director
Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa
For over 20 years Robyn has dedicated her life to building Māori literature in New Zealand. In 2014 she stepped down from her role as Managing Director, but remains involved with HUIA working on some of our book projects and as a member of the Board of Directors. Besides HUIA work, Robyn is also the Chair of the Māori Literature Trust, Deputy Chair of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Kea Ngāti Tuara, and a Director of Te Puia, the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute. Her other time is spent in te reo Māori studies, weaving korowai and enjoying time with her mokopuna and whānau.
Brian Bargh – Publishing Advisor
After over 20 years of publishing, in 2014 Brian retired from his role as Director of HUIA and Commercial Publishing Manager. Brian is a strong advocate for environmental and social justice movements and has been a negotiator in Māori grievances against the Crown. Brian still pops into the HUIA office to provide advice and a laughter for the team.