Director | Storyteller | Editor
Maree is a social worker in South Auckland and is about to become a Mum for the second time! Maree became involved with HOSA through her friendship/whānau connections with Jas (Creator), and because she has grown up out South and loves the people and cultural diversity. Her favourite food is salt and vinegar chips and she loves to travel (having visited 52 countries and counting!)
Photographer | Storyteller
Monique is a mother of 3 young boys and married to her hero. Born in Papakura and lived most of her life in Manurewa she was excited about HOSA and stoked to join the team. She is passionate about ‘listening’ to people and loves capturing a little of a person’s story in their photo. Monique loves blue cheese, photography, scuba-diving and the beach in winter. When she’s not studying, her favourite pass time is to look through her lens and ‘shoot’ the unnoticed things. Monique is slightly obsessed with heroes and has attempted to convince her boys she is in fact Batman. So far they are not convinced…
Photographer | Storyteller
Alex is a 36-yr old father of two, and is the Creative Services Manager at Tearfund. His work at Tearfund has been the primary platform for his photography, allowing him to visit and photograph in several countries as a part of his work. Alex became involved with HOSA in 2016 and loves it. Alex has lived in Manurewa for the last 30 years and loves the vision of HOSA to re-write perceptions of the South. You’ll often find Alex enjoying a good coffee, bouncing with his kids on the trampoline, or watching some good old sci-fi.
Lee is our HOSA Graphic Designer. He grew up in both Otara and Brookby. Lee asked to become part of the HOSA team because he saw the potential of what could be accomplished. Lee also wanted to give his time to something that had the power to improve/help people’s lives and change the stereotypes that exist about South Auckland. Lee sustained a spinal injury when he was 13 and found that the harder things to overcome became much easier with the love, support and faith of friends and family. He wants to be able to return the favour by passing that energy forward to others.
Katie grew up in Glenfield on Auckland’s North Shore but always felt her heart was with the communities out South. In 2013 she started her Police career on the frontline in Manurewa and although being a Police Officer can lead to seeing some of the worst in humanity, she found so much good and untapped potential in the people of Manurewa and fell in love with the area. Katie now lives in Manurewa and when not at work will often be found at cricket practice or training with her mates at the MIT gym. ‘To inspire others’ is what drives Katie in her own life and is what led her to join the HOSA team because inspiring others is exactly what they’re all about.
Linda is a proud mother of twin girls and constantly gets asked if they are twins because they look so different. She likes to reply that she has stolen one. Linda has a strong connection with South Auckland through working in the Counties area for years. She is passionate about seeing change in our community and became involved with HOSA through connections with Maree.