Our Passionate Team

Liliana Hahipene-Clarke

Liliana Hahipene-Clarke

Science & Digital Facilitator

Liliana is of Ngati Porou, Waikato, Te Rarawa, Ngapuhi and Scottish whakapapa. She is a current committee member of Te Kahui Manu Hokai. Liliana is passionate about Maori achieving their aspirations in regards to Putaiao and sustainable development. She has a background in Resource and Environmental Planning and Maori natural resource management.

Liliana has a broad experience base working with Iwi and Hapu: Ngati Awa and Ngati Rangi; the public sector: Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Society of British Aerospace; and research institutes at Massey University, Lincoln University, University of Waikato and Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, Otago University. Recent research interests include environmental contamination issues affecting Maori communities and she is currently examining traditional and contemporary applications of Maramataka (the Maori Lunar phase calendar). Liliana was a lecturer in Te Ahu Taiao, the Environmental Studies Faculty at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi and for Poutoko Matauranga – Rural Education Activities Program(REAP) as the Pūtaiao Facilitator working with kura, wharekura and schools in developing and delivering pūtaiao curriculum. Liliana is a Google Trainer and the co-director of Meta Māori and Te Kereru Associates Ltd.

Jude Cornelius-Nuku

Jude Cornelius-Nuku

Science and Digital Facilitator

Jude is from Te Whakatōhea in the Bay of Plenty, Ngā Rauru Kītahi and Ngā Ruahine Rangi Iwi in Taranaki. She has been in education for the last 20 years as a teacher, in management and as a professional development provider to the Ministry of Education, delivering Science/Pūtaiaio to Māori Medium Kura all over the country. She is an experienced Project Coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. Skilled in literacy, classroom management, lesson planning, educational technology, and instructional design. Jude has strong programme content development skills, project management and a professional who graduated from Massey University College of Education. She has a passion for building confidence, capacity and empower teachers and students in Science/Pūtaiao Literacy and Digital Technologies with a vision to further create, develop and support science literate youth, educators and communities.

Alycia Amai

Alycia Amai

Events Facilitator

Her forte is in event planning and management and is a vital part of the team with her multi skills and talents. She keeps our waka on course, ensuring everything is delivered on time, to a high standard. Alycia ensures our facilitators are rangatahi/student or participant focusedcatering for their specific learning needs and goals so their experience is positive, rewarding, and go away with a kete full with new knowledge and skills.  She has a passion to see youth and educators grow in personal development and self-achievement through increasing their capabilities and capacity in science/putaiao and environmental/taiao programmes based in their rohe or marae. 

Putting the Buzz into Science

We have a passion for science and digital technologies and saw a need in the community and some schools to provide support to students and teachers in these areas to build confidence, capacity and a love of science.

Our Story

We had been providing science support to schools in the Eastern Bay in some capacity while working for other organisations, but wanted to go back to basics with teachers and kids and empower – “this is easy, this is fun and I can do this!”.  This in turn we endeavor to build confidence so teachers will incorporate it more into their weekly programmes and kids have more opportunities to explore science so they can make better informed subject decisions when they head to secondary school.

Collaborating with other organisations/trusts at community events, wānanga and workshops for schools lead to providing science or digital workshops and outreach programmes all over the north island.  We use our subject specific science kits (marine science, freshwater science, environmental science) to deliver hands-on workshops to year 1-13 students and communities.