Living our lives guided by mātauranga Māori, empowered whanau, regenerative mauri of Papatūānuku.


  • Kōtahitanga – Being strong in our bonds, have faith and trust in each other, lead and follow when required, sharing our learnings and being honest in a mana enhancing way

  • Kei waho te keti– “Out the gate” innovation that has conscious intentional actions, where we are responsive and not reactive

  • Wairua – Be a source of mauri

  • Mana Motuhake – self determined strength to carry out daily practices sustainably, believe in my actions and decisions, learning from mistakes

  • Whanau/Hapu – Clear roles and responsibilities, living tika and pono, helping our village to thrive

  • Pono me te Tika – being at peace with ourselves, confident, with a cleared path

  • Manākitanga – Being deliberate in how we care

  • Kākano - Being prepared to realise the potential in ourselves and others

  • Marama – Expressing our light freely and celebrating our cycles

  • Aroha – To be deliberate and connect and breathe ‘ha’ with each other




Ko Ngati Maniapoto toku iwi

Ko Ngati Kinohaku toku hapu

Ko Tainui toku waka

Ko Pirongia toku maunga

Ko Waikato toku awa

Kei Avondale toku kainga

Ko Kaiwhakaora Mauri ahau

Talofa lava,

Malo le soifua,

O a’uo Richelle (Stowers) Kahui-McConnell

Ou te sau mai Magia,


Richelle is a Restoration Ecologist and specialist in Māori Restoration Frameworks. Her work encompasses anything that will return mauri to Papatūānuku, Ranginui and Tangaroa as well as whanau, hapu and Iwi. In accordance with our voyaging traditions, in order to get somewhere more efficiently, Richelle ‘tacks to the energy’ of the community and the environment; she is innovative and passionate about creating partnerships that deliver tangible changes in the way we live and are connected to our environment. The future for our planet is in passion and understanding our connection to each other, the environment and future generations.

On October 10th 2020, Richelle lost her long and hard fought battle with Cancer. She is succeeded by her Husband and two children, and this kaupapa, which she founded with Charmaine Baille, CEO of Uru Whakaaro.



Ko Whakarongorua te maunga

Ko Utakura te awa

Ko Matahaorua te waka

Ko Mokonuiarangi te whare tūpuna

Ko Ngapuhi te iwi

Ko Te Ngahengahe te hapū

Ko Te Arawa te waka

Ko Awahou te awa

Ko Tīheia te maunga

Ko Tarimano te marae

Ko Te Arawa te iwi

Ko Ngāti Rangiwēwehi te hapū

Tihei Mauriora!

Ko Waiata Rameka-Tupe toku ingoa.

As rangatahi, for rangatahi, I promote Zero Waste initiatives through a Te Āo Māori to reduce the impact we as a city are having on whenua, moana and our wellbeing.

Through my ancestors I am Māori. A rangatahi who descends from the north and the south of Te Ika a Māui; and the easiest way I can explain my power in delivering "Para Kore" across Tāmaki Makaurau is because I am not the only one who inherits mana like this.

We all have a connection to places and people through whakapapa in our families. Or, we decide to love places because the beach, flowers, sky and rivers are "beautiful" and gives us something unseen. It is my passion to protect my whanau and the next generations who are already here and encourage them to understand how we can all look after our taonga.

This is by inspiring rangatahi to be empowered by their own drive for protecting what they love.




Ko Pirongia me Mokotahi oku maunga

Ko Waikato me Waikokopu oku awa

Ko tainui me Nukutaimemeha oku waka

Ko Ngati Porou me Ngati Maniapoto oku iwi

Ko Ngati Kinohaku me Rongomaiwahine oku Hapu

Ko Rereamanu me Te Kauae nga marae

Ko Richelle Kahui-McConnell toku whaea

Ko Kelly McConnell toku matua

Ko Koha Kahui-McConnell toku ingoa

Koha is our administrative operations Manager, heading the administrative processes for Para Kore Ki Tamaki, responsible for our Zero Waste Event Management and spearheads our 'Te Mana Rangatahi Taiao' program ,in conjunction and with support from Auckland University, which aims to get Rangatahi into te Taiao to feel how they are connected to the mauri of te Taiao, see the direct effects of their consumer habits, and to give them first hand learning of functioning and harmonious ecosystems so that they can become kaitiaki in the future.

"I was in the construction industry for 4 years, and was then fortunate enough to have been offered a role in the Para Kore Ki Tāmaki team, where I began to learn the interconnectivity of everything in te Ao Maori, and how effectively ancestral teachings can be translated into a modern setting and still be just as, if not more valuable.

Since joining I have helped to facilitate haerenga for rangatahi out to Ōtata (the Noises) to help them learn about the effects that Kina barrens are currently having on our marine ecosystems, helped to manage the waste services for ASB Polyfest 2021 and presented to schools all across Tāmaki Makaurau about the impact that our current consumer behaviours are having on our Taiao."

"I am a foolish, hopeful and stubborn person and I will die before I give up saving this rock."

Ngarimu Wyatt

Ko Pukekaroro te Maunga.

Ko Kaipara te Moana.

Ko Mahuhu-ki-te-rangi te Waka.

Ko Ngāti Whātua te Iwi.

Ko Ngarimu Wyatt ahau.

Prior to coming on to the Para Kore Ki Tāmaki team, I worked at the Auckland Museum as a Cultural Performer and I have been involved in Kapahaka for most of my life, as well as teaching our cultural performing arts to primary school kids.

I’m passionate about our whenua and our inherent connection to it, whether it be through song and dance, or putting in the mahi physically to protect our whenua.

I joined the Para Kore Ki Tāmaki team in January 2021. When I think about Para Kore and what it means to me, It’s putting everything we sing about in our waiata, haka & mōteatea into action. A simple initiative that Te iwi Māori can jump on to that’ll benefit everyone in the long run. In my journey here, I was fortunate enough to be given the responsibilities of managing the Māori stage at ASB Polyfest 2021. This experience further opened my eyes to why I'm doing what I'm doing and how much work we have to do. As a rangatahi Māori, I feel we have an even bigger role in changing the way we look at waste, and pushing this kaupapa to our communities because we are the current generation that has the power to shape the way things are done in the years to come. Protecting the whenua that our tūpuna walked on and that our mokopuna will continue to walk on once we are no longer here.

Tēnā tātou katoa.

“Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini”

My strength is not that of a single warrior, but that of many.


Marae are the hub of our Māori communities; they are the central place of learning and connecting with our traditional teachings and our whanau. Para Kore ki Tāmaki believe in the strength of the marae and work with passionate whanau to assess systems, create action plans to address how the marae purchases their food and resources and how they sort their waste streams.

We spend time training and building capacity with whanau so that we can leave the marae and know that we have Toa Para Wehewehe (Waste Champions) who will continue to protect Papatūānuku through the Para Kore systems, even when we aren’t at the marae. We are proud to say that our collective marae has diverted tonnes of rubbish from Papatūānuku since we have been on this journey together.

We have had a lot of experience with over 50 marae over the past 5 years and we know how a marae and whanau move and groove; slowly, with a tea towel in our hands but always with a passion for future generations and tupuna.

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Working alongside marae includes;

  • An initial hui to whakawhanaunga (connect/relate)

  • Assessing marae waste streams, knowledge base and connection to te Taiao, alongside identifying a set of champions who are connected to their whanau and marae visions and have the passion for the kaupapa

  • Provide input as to the best way of increasing diversion from Papatūānuku; this could mean changing whole systems or even making small changes that make a big difference, introducing administrative systems to support the kaupapa, ordering new bin/skin bin systems, setting up wananaga for whanau, supporting development of marakai

  • Once systems are set up we dedicate ourselves to providing constant support, innovation and responsiveness to whanau visions and outcomes and will visit marae monthly or three/six monthly depending on their need for support

  • Assist in applying for funding to support your visions and goals


In this environment Para Kore Ki Tāmaki introduce the Rangatahi Environmental Leaders, who bring energy and passion "by rangatahi, for rangatahi".

We believe Kura and Kaupapa Māori rangatahi are the movers and shakers of our communities and our future; their passion knowledge, experiences create innovative ways of learning for kaitiakitanga future pathways.

WHAT WE DELIVER - “Taiohi Takeover”

For any Kura or Kura kaupapa, our goal is to reduce the overall impact of on Papātūānuku - We aim to create and guide consciousness among any rangatahi champions that want to make a difference.

A 10 week Te Ao Māori empowered programme of activations which inspires individual action based projects which is grounded in tūpuna kōrero through a Para Kore (Zero waste) lens.

  • Whakapapa/Pepeha - The connection of our identity to our stance in the world.

  • Whakawhanaungatanga - The energy in relating and connecting to others.

  • He Wairua - Rangatahi spaces, rangatahi energy!

  • Our obligation of Kaitiakitanga - The ideal in which we are responsible to the well-being of our world.

These principles define the way we collaborate with rangatahi throughout the programme, where we promote action and movement through a process of:

  • An initial hui to whakawhanaunga (connect and relate)

  • Building relationships with rangatahi to properly activate consciousness

  • Assessing Kura or Kura Kaupapa waste streams, knowledge bases and connection to te Taiao working with a defined or developing champions group of rangatahi so that we can introduce new systems that decrease the impact of landfill on Papatūānuku

  • Transference of knowledge about the whakapapa of Plastic, working towards a Conscious Climates, Plastic Pollution and Hauora (wellbeing) to empower consumer behavior change.

  • Connecting to Te Taiao (the natural world) where we organise connecting going outside and into the environment.

  • Traditional Māori games in Tāonga Tākaro.

  • Delivering our own "Kanoho Teina te Tangata" self-identified activation plan where rangatahi identify their own way of making change and kaitiakitanga

Check out some of the mahi we have done in previous kura, through our Vlogs on YouTube.