Kupe Programme Team

Dr Rhiannon Lloyd | Kaiwhakahaere | Programme Director

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Dr Rhiannon Lloyd is a Professional Teaching Fellow for the Management and International Business Department at the University of Auckland.

Whilst primarily teaching within the disciplines of Organisational Behaviour and Critical Management, she is also interested in student-focused Leadership Development and the teaching of Critical Thinking at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels.

Her current research is in collective and shared forms of leadership in the Health and Safety space. 




Lusi McCabe |  Poutaki Hōtaka | Programme Manager


Lusi has a background in Programme, Relationship and Event Management in NZ and the UK. She is passionate about community development and enabling the potential of others. She previously worked in the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and loves working with students and supporting their development through unique and innovative programmes offered at the University of Auckland. 

Lusi enjoys working with fabulous Kupe students and building the community among the wonderful and diverse community of scholars, alumni, mentors, sponsors, speakers, and programme supporters involved in the University of Auckland’s Kupe Leadership Scholarship. Lusi developed a passion for unique approaches to leadership development after being a participant in an innovative postgraduate Pasifika Leadership Development Programme which intertwined current leadership theories, connected with leadership in the corporate environment, while focusing on communication and exploring leadership through creativity and poetry ‘Pasifika Mat’ all explored through a Pasifika lens.  


Ngati Kawa Taituha | Pou Tikanga | Cultural Educator

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Ngati Kawa Taituha is an interpreter of cultural perspectives and indigenous philosophies. His roles include Waitangi Marae Chairman, Ko Waitangi Te Awa Trust Chairman, Iwi Kiwi Chairman and Māori Rep for Focus Paihia Charitable Trust. He has also spent the last 15 years creating a cultural asset at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds where they have gained national recognition from the Tourism Industry for setting the gold standard.

He was born and raised in Waitangi which is regarded as the cultural hub for his tribe Ngapuhi and the political epicenter for the entire Māori Nation. His ancestors signed the Declaration of Independence 1835 and Te Tiriti O Waitangi 1840. He aspires to enlighten those beginning their journey of learning about our language, history, ancient customs, rituals, and holistic spirituality. This knowledge has been passed down from generation to generation and he is passionate about sharing these deep facets of our culture in a very relevant and meaningful way.