Meet Maria

Certified Coach, Wairua Practitioner & Educator


The Koru Effect 


In New Zealand the koru fern frond can not be escaped being so symbolic to the country. Whether seen in carvings, artwork, business branding, or throughout native bush, the koru is forever unraveling its spiral, symbolising new beginnings, growth and regeneration. In a vision of the future Maria saw herself walking amongst many koru regenerating. For her this was metaphorical of The Koru Effect: 


"To work alongside others and effect positive growth in peaceful ways. Bringing new beginnings, influencing good and developing future wellbeing."


Work background


Maria has spent the last 25+ years in the leadership and adult learning space for both corporate and public service environments; as well private practice. The development and growth of adults has been central to her work. Where people are able to experience important (and at times transformational) shifts for themselves.


Whilst NZ was experiencing an economic downturn, and against the hesitation held by others, Maria trusted her instincts and embarked on her first start-up business providing training and coaching services. Twelve years on, she has never looked back! She believes:


"Doing well has far more to do with attitude, effort and action first, more than anything else." 


The last seven years has included working closely across healthcare - designing and facilitating leadership, coaching and educator programmes for both clinical and non-clinical staff. Throughout her career she has lead both small and very large teams (of which some have been award winning) as well learning  initiatives of varying sizes and duration.


  • Certified mBIT Coach: Multiple Brain Integration Techniques 

  • Certified Life Coach: International Association of Coaching Institutes.

  • Certified Time Line Therapy (TM) Practitioner

  • Certified Eriksonian Hypnotherapist

  • Certified Master Practitioner & Trainer: Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP).

  • Certified Transforming Communication Instructor

  • Certified Trainer & Facilitator




Descended from Maori, Scottish, and English ancestors Maria has had the joy of discovering her whakapapa (geneology) along with many interesting stories from these lineages. She greatly acknowledges her ancestors, their paths, and the differing worlds she is offered through them.

Maria's kuia (grandmother) Ngarongo Haimona (Simon) was a tohunga (an adept healer). Through this line matakite exists not only with Maria but other family too. She recalls her earliest experience with wairua around the age of five years old. It wasn't until her late 20's however that Maria started to acknowledge these qualities. Since then her relationship with wairua has been quietly interwoven supporting her work, general direction and when needed her sense of knowing.


Maria has had the privilege of continuing her learning and being mentored in this space. 


  • Mahi Wairua Practitioner (tutored and mentored by respected Tohunga Wiremu Nia Nia and wife Lesley). Co-Author of Collaborative and Indigenous Mental Health Therapy with Dr. Alistair Bush and Dr. David Epston.

  • Mediumship development with Kelvin Cruickshank. Contributor of 8-biographies detailing his experiences. 

  • Meditating with Spirit Guides, mentored for 5 years with Rose Goodliffe - Masters in Social Practice including research on her practice.

  • Zhineng Qigong (Chi Lei Chi Kung Levels 1 & 2) 

  • Healing light of the TAO (Master Mantak Chia's Universal Tao)

  • Shamanic journeying

  • Hawaiian huna healing

A note from Maria:


Self-leadership, wellbeing and mauri ora


In life I have experienced the rewards that come with effort and optimistic thinking, as well have had to face childhood trauma. I know first hand the dismantling impact that deep depression and anxiety can bring when left un-nurtured. 


When we listen into ourselves, these situations afford deep insight, and tell us that we are not experiencing the life we want. This is our opportunity to pivot in another direction. To improve our situation. 


Having happiness in life is derived from the momentary pleasures and contentment of being in pursuit of ones hopes and dreams; how well we steer and navigate ourselves, how much we choose to take care of our health and wellbeing; and to what degree mauri ora (soul vitality) exists in the relationships we have with ourselves and the world around us.


In this current year we are experiencing a phase where our personal vitality, wellbeing and leadership of self is more important than ever.


I am clear that each of us has the capability and inner strength to navigate towards those things that enrich our lives, even in times of feeling powerless.

Working intuitively 


There is an important interplay between our physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, family, social and environmental wellbeing. Where there is a need in one area, there is likely a ripple effect into another. This sometimes means looking for solutions beyond our analytical brain.

Through my work here I am able to utilise what is within my range when working alongside you, and I feel honoured to be able to do this. 

Over the years I have been called upon to intuit situations, provide karakia, help others find a place within themselves to heal and listen for and interpret what is not otherwise noticed.


However it has only been in recent times where I have seriously considered offering these services outwardly; either singularly or in combination with more traditional methods of coaching and personal growth development. And I am excited to be able to do so!

You are welcome to continue looking around the site where I share more.

With gratitude, Maria :-)