The focus of our approach is delivering excellent services for whānau that are kaupapa Māori driven. This is underpinned by whanaungatanga, teamwork, quality measures and professionalism.  As Mokowhiti's approach and structure is whānau or family-centred, strategic planning is about sustainability and longevity as the work is done for our, and future generations.


Cazna Luke

Ko Aoraki rāua ko Tarakeha ngā Maunga
Ko Arahura rāua ko Moetangi ngā Awa
Ko Ngāti Waewae rāua ko Te Tao Maui ngā hapū
Ko Ngāi Tahu rāua ko Te Rarawa ngā Iwi


Cazna has a Bachelor of Applied Management in Business Transformation and Change and has always had an entrepreneurial spirit since starting her own whānau operated business in 2002, Mokowhiti Consultancy. 

Cazna’s strategic approach to building a business is based on her philosophy of whanaungatanga this foundation underpins Cazna’s commitment to Māori Strategy, Innovation and Development. Cazna has lead design in leadership and in national and regional workforce development programmes to increase capability to enable transformation.

Cazna has been involved in the set up of new Māori businesses and development organisations including being a member of the establishment team for Te Pūtahitanga South Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency.

Cazna is a member of the International Coaching Federation and is currently working towards her accreditation as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and as is qualified accredited Gallup Strengths Finder coach.


Lee Luke

Ko Tokomaru te maunga
Ko Wairau te awa
Ko Karauripe te moana
Ko te Tana Pukekohatu te tangata
Ko Ngāti Paretona te hapū
Ko Ngāti Rārua te iwi

Lee is a Director of Mokowhiti Ltd and has over 20 years experience working within a kaupapa Māori environment. His roles during this time have varied with an early focus on research, iwi history and development and land utilisation. More recently Lee has been involved extensively in the areas of Māori Men’s health and wellbeing, event and project management. Lee is an experienced governor at Iwi and Runanga level and is passionate about iwi development. He counts these roles as a privilege and highly values the opportunity to represent his people. Currently he is a Board member for Nelson Malborough DHB Iwi Relationship Board, The Canterbury Men’s Centre as well as a number of land trusts.


Vicki Ratana

Ko Aoraki rāua ko Tarakeha ngā Maunga
Ko Arahura rāua ko Moetangi ngā Awa
Ko Ngāti Waewae rāua ko Te Tao Maui ngā hapū
Ko Ngāi Tahu rāua ko Te Rarawa ngā Iwi

In 2010 the exciting opportunity arose to work with her whānau as part of the team at Mokowhiti, and Vicki accepted the offer without hesitation, as whānau is what she is most passionate about. Vicki has a background in iwi communications, administration and event management having previously worked for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, and Te Mangai Paho. In her current role, as part of the Mokowhiti team, Vicki recently managed Ngā Tohu Reo Māori 2017, Te Taura Whiri’s National Māori Language Awards ceremony in Wellington.  In addition she has been closely involved in the management of the past three annual Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu Symposium.  Vicki is a Trustee of He Kura Te Tāngata Trust and Chair of Te Puawaitanga.


Trudy Thomson

Ko Aoraki te Maunga
Ko Arahura te Awa
Ko Tuhuru te Marae
Ko Ngāti Waewae to Hapū
Ko Ngāi Tahu te Iwi

Trudy joined Mokowhiti in 2004 and contributes to a number of Mokowhiti core business. Her roles include the following:

  • Coordinator, Kia Ora Hauora, Te Waipounamu: Kia ora Hauora is a national programme that supports Māori into a Health career pathway. Trudy works with District Health Boards, Recruitment specialist, Allied Health, Schools, Tertiary providers and individuals. Trudy facilitates a number of programmes within this contract, and has a focus on better outcomes for Rangatahi.

  • Finance Manager: Responsible for the internal and external finances of Mokowhiti Ltd.

  • Office Administrator: Trudy supports the daily operations of Mokowhiti. She has excellent communication and organizational skills.

  • Facilitator, Financial Literacy: In partnership with Ngāi Tahu, Trudy supports potential first-time home ownership with financial literacy. This includes setting long term financial goals, developing personal and whānau budgets and empowering whānau to financial independence. Within this role Trudy engages with banks, laws, KiwiSaver and applies for HomeStart grants to obtain optimum outcomes for whānau.

  • Facilitator, Financial Literacy: In partnership with MWDI Trudy facilitates Marae based workshops to develop individual and collective money management, supporting whānau to up-skill their financial literacy, to plan long term financial goals for the future, also working on individual and whānau budgets.

  • Ringa Wera: Alongside all Mokowhiti staff and whānau, Trudy contributes to all events and programmes run by Mokowhiti from cook to driver.

While Trudy’s role at Mokowhiti has changed significantly over the years her approach to her work has changed little.  Trudy has a warm, engaging and organised work style. Trudy is generous with the people and programmes she contributes to.