Meet our Team

Operational Team

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Ta'ase Vaoga

Rangatahi Insights Lead
Vodafone Aotearoa Foundation

Ta’ase has a passion to support young people, particularly Māori and Pacifica young people, to thrive. She leads the OHI Data Navigator team and supports the sector to unlock the power of data for the benefit of our young people. 

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Joy Woollett

Foundation Administrator
Vodafone Aotearoa Foundation

Joy enjoys working for organisations that improve quality of life for people in New Zealand, Joy has worked in administrative roles for many years, including Government, not-for-profit health and education support and community volunteer roles.

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Lani Evans

Head of Foundation 
Vodafone Aotearoa Foundation

Lani works to deliver on our vision of all young people living lives they value.  She believes data and stories can help reveal the underlying causes of inequalities, and is an advocate for systems-focused approaches to rangatahi well-being.

Ben Ritchie

Ben Ritchie

Data Lead

Nicholson Consulting

With 20 years experience in data and insights, Ben and his team at Nicholson Consulting  manage the data side of things: updates in OHI, ensuring the data is clean and useful and leads us in our work in the Māori Data Sovereignty space. 

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Adithi Pandit



Adithi leads the Strategy & Business Design practice and social innovation and impact services at Deloitte New Zealand. Her focus areas are operating model change, transformation of social services and human centred design.

Steering Group Committee Members

Kirstin Te Wao

Kirsten Te Wao

Co-chair of the Steering Group & Te Rourou, Vodafone Aotearoa Foundation Board Member

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Hinerangi Curtis

Co-chair of the Steering Group; Senior Advisor, Greater Wellington Regional Council

Jenn Chowaniec

Jenn Chowaneic

General Manager, Wayne Francis Charitable Trust

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Peter Foaese

Manager Participation & Engagement, Office of the Children’s Commissioner

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Nicky Morton

Independent Research Consultant

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Richard Bell

Ministry of Youth Development

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Simon Mareko

Ara Taiohi