Pastor Marama Dey
Marama is from the Iwi of Ati Haunui A Paparangi, Ngati Tama Ngati Ruanui. The mother of 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
The CEO and the Founder of Wai Ora Christian Community Trust. Wai Ora is a registered provider of social services and has been providing kaupapa Māori based training for the last 29 years in Whanganui NZ. Wai Ora has delivered multiple government contracts over the years.
Marama is the director and founder of Te Kakano Kainga Ora Ltd; a building business to build healthy affordable homes for families and to create employment while teaching the building trades. This business will also build a factory to manufacture the homes thus creating employment for those who struggle to gain employment due to prison records etc.
Marama is the co-founder of Te Puna o Wai Ora Māori Fellowship and is the associate pastor. She is a member of Tupoho Iwi Kaumatua team, the Whanganui Pastor’s Association. She is a board member and co-founder of Matipo Developments Whanganui (former Black Power Whanau) horticulture education centre, and the founder of organic Horticulture courses in Whanganui and a member of the Horticulture collective garden growers in Whanganui and a Member of Tahuri Whenua (the Maori growing traditional plants services of Massey university).
Education qualifications. Obstetric Nursing for ten years working in various hospitals.
Marama Holds a diploma in social work, and Christian counselling. Diploma in Biblical studies and Christian leadership. Adult teachers training Level 4. Assessors training for NZQA courses.