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Kataraina Pipi

Kataraina Pipi

Kataraina is of Ngāti Porou/ Ngāti Hine descent, lives in Auckland, has two children and is Director of FEM (2006) Ltd.

She has over 20 years experience in the facilitation of hui, conferences and training events and also works alongside other Māori colleagues as an Evaluator/Researcher.

Kataraina has over 15 years experience as an Evaluator within Māori communities particularly in the health, social services and education sectors and is a member of Mā te Rae (Maori Evaluators Association), anzea (the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association) and the American Evaluation Association.

Kataraina graduated from Massey University with a PostGraduate Diploma in Social Sector Evaluation Research in May 2010.

Here is Kataraina’s story about how and where she came across PATH

In 2000 I had the privilege to visit the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre  – an Indigenous social service organisation – in Winnipeg, Canada in 2000. They were using PATH as a planning tool in their work – for planning projects, for strategic planning and in their work in community development.


PATH was developed by Jack Pearpoint and Marsha Forest, who were friends of the Centre and is based on their work in the area of person-centered planning. Very briefly, person-centered planning is an approach to supporting individuals to plan in ways that ensure that they are in charge of the direction they are going, identifies relevant support needs and services and considers any risks along the way. Inclusion Press creates person centered resource materials that include the PATH.


PATH is a creative planning tool that uses symbols and colour to map out a plan that includes dreams and aspirations, looking at proposed achievements, a reflection on values and a range of things to consider alongside an action plan. Once I’d seen it in action in the work of the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre I was hooked, and I sought and gained permission to start using it in Aotearoa New Zealand when I returned.


I first started using the PATH with individuals – focusing on a range of areas such as personal growth and development, career aspirations and the legacy I want to leave my mokopuna (grandchildren). I then used PATH as a strategic planning tool and worked with iwi (tribes) and organisations that were grateful for a ‘different’ way of doing strategic planning. The most successful PATHs in these contexts were those that brought together both Trustees and staff in a process that resulted in a shared vision and a plan that was owned by more than just a small group of people. PATH has supported marae planning and now is being extensively used as a whānau planning tool.


 I have a particular interest in working within communities to affirm, validate, grow and develop culturally based strategies for personal growth, community and organisational development.  My history includes youth work, sexual abuse and violence, outdoor pursuits. Since 1995, I’ve been been self employed as a Facilitator and trainer, evaluator and composer/musician. 


My unique offering combines a facilitative, evaluative and melodic approach to supporting aspirations for personal development, organisational change and community development.