Anna is a contractor under Real Collective where she holds tamariki and whānau at the heart of all her mahi. She has been leading Sparklers (alongside Aaron and Meg) from its creation, writing its predominant content for it's first 7 years. Her favourite projects include Tākai, Real Parents and working alongside Drs Lucy Hone and Denise Quinlan supporting New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience.
Anna’s background is in English and psychology. She lives a country life and moves from gumboots to creative spaces in a flash.
Her super-power is that she cares enormously about Aotearoa tamariki and all of you who support them.
Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga, Ngāti Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Pāhauwera, Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Tahinga.
Aaron has a background in kapa haka and Māori performing arts, traditional Māori weaponry (Taura Pouwhakarae - Te Whare Tū Taua o Aotearoa) and is a member of Te Ahikaaroa regularly performing at Te Matatini.
Aaron has a degree in Māori Performing Arts, a Masters in Public Health and is a current PhD student, lecturer and researcher at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha - University of Canterbury.
Aaron is a great buddy, and while he is a warrior, he is the most welcoming, humble, caring dude we’re lucky enough to work alongside.
Meg is our educationalist with the bonus of a background in psychology. She has a passion for tamariki wellbeing and loves supporting others who work with tamariki to do their best mahi.
Meg works across the Bay of Plenty and on her days off gets out for different adventures, goes rafting adventures down the Grand Canyon, surf life saves and inspires us with her courage.
Meg’s been working across Sparklers for the past four years teaching us how challenging it can be in the classroom and if you’ve wondered who’s behind the Facebook page - it’s Meg! She’s creative, energetic and with her wide smile, the friendliest of friendly people we know!
We’ll be the three behind all that is Manahau, alongside our design buddies.