Ngahere Communities is a Social Enterprise located in Manukau, Aotearoa (aka South Auckland, New Zealand).  Founded in May 2018, we cultivate communities that enhance creativity and innovation by using collaborative spaces, common values and co-designed programmes.

Find out more about our name from our founder...


Manawa Udy

Founder and Managing Director

Kiaora, ko Manawa ahau, no Te Arawa, Tainui me Mataatua.


Hi, I’m Manawa, my ancestors travelled to Aotearoa on the Te Arawa, Tainui and Mataatua waka (canoes).  My pakeha ancestors landed in Petone in 1840 and were part of the original settlers in Aotearoa.


I was born and raised in the heart of Te Arawa, Rotorua, and it will always be my home, but I have made Manukau my other home for the last 11 years.  


I’ve spent over 18 years studying and learning the art of photography, and to this day love the way still images capture and communicate moments in time.  Visual communication through photography is my number one jam!

Since then I have invested over 10 years as a volunteer youth mentor, worked as an early childhood educator, and spent 5 years at Auckland Council managing a youth facility and facilitating community development initiatives.

In 2015 I made the leap from employee to entrepreneur, and haven’t looked back!  Now, as a social entrepreneur, I am the

  • Founder and Managing Director of Ngahere Communities

Mel Tautalanoa

Director and Relationship Manager

I am Mel, a Wifey, a fierce Muma bear (to a small nation!) , a Grand- Muma, a businesswoman and  a Maori woman with a deep love for my culture, my land and our people. I have a history in Midwifery, travel and tourism, project management, TV Production Management and even live entertainment, but at the end of the day I am just a tutu!


After baking my way into the heart of the man of my dreams- he finally asked me to marry him! We now proudly live and love in South Auckland.  Breaking down negative stereotypes and perceptions one small mind at a time!

Repeka Vilitau

Community Manager

Beks is an experienced Community Facilitator with a demonstrated history of working in the Healthcare sector. Skilled in health promotion, event planning and engaging communities.


Born, raised and proud of her Otara roots.


She also loves the Parramatta Eels.

Barry Grehan


Barry (pronounced Bar-Dee) is from the Far North. The Very Far North. Ireland. To escape the shackles of his old banking life he decided to go as far away from home as he could.


Now - as part of the PledgeMe and Tā Koha teams - he spends his days helping social entrepreneurs fund the things they care about through crowdfunding. He also sings. In the shower. And out on the streets.

Kipi Paea

Independent Advisor (and friend)

Born and raised in South Auckland, Kipi is eager to help people reach their potential using their natural talents.  


Whilst a baker by passion and an engineer by profession, he has invested his time into his community of Otara working with young people. He wants to see Maori and Pasifika people tap into their pioneering heritage in the area of social enterprise and entrepreneurship.


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Ngahere Communities Ltd

Level 2

2 Osterley Way

Manukau 2104

New Zealand

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