Born in Wellington and raised in Porirua and Paraparaumu, Melissa attended Ngāti Toa Primary, Kapiti Primary and Paraparaumu College.
Melissa was first employed by the Trust in January 2015. She works with schools and parents to ensure effective systems and processes for managing our Chromebook contracts. She is responsible for reporting on the programme, tracking payments and for escalation processes.
In her earlier career, Melissa was the sole coordinator for the Wellington Installations Project team at Wormald. Here she worked on large scale projects including the Terrace Tunnel and Mt Victoria refurbishments, which saw her team return a million dollar profit in 2012.
Melissa is a mother of one, a keen sports participant, and coach of children’s tee ball and hockey. She is passionate about working with rangatahi within her community and contributing toward ideals that inspire positive change.
Khaylen Huriwai-Teleaga – Whānau coordinator
Born in Kenepuru, Khaylen has lived in various places throughout the world including India, Australia and South Korea. He moved back to Wellington in 2007, where he attended Wellington College for 3 years. Khaylen has graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelors in Law and was admitted to the bar in 2015. He has volunteered for both the Wellington and Porirua Community Law Centres and takes great enjoyment from working with youth and families.
Khaylen is our Whānau and Programme Coordinator. He works with the Principals and schools to help ensure that the children are getting the most out of the programme. His other main duty is to work with the parents of our children to help strengthen the notion of technology in our homes. This is achieved through training sessions and presentations with parents and carers to grow their understanding of the new changes occurring in the schools.
Khaylen is excited to be a part of Te Mana o Kupe and to be working in the community, helping our future leaders.
Sasha Baishev – Software developer
Sasha hails from Russia and joined Te Mana o Kupe as an intern following completion of his Graduate Diploma at Whitireia Community Polytech. For his final semester research project, Sasha worked with a team to develop a software solution to support administration. It needed to be accessible by our partner schools, as well as the Trust. Sasha has helped the Trust to pilot the resulting programme and is working on further developments. Sasha also provides technical support and training.