About The Koru Effect (TKE)

In Aotearoa New Zealand the koru fern frond can be seen everywhere. Whether seen in traditional carvings, artwork, business branding, throughout native bush or nature,  the koru is forever unraveling its spiral, symbolising new beginnings, growth and generation.

In a vision of the future Maria saw herself walking amongst many koru growing and regenerating. For her this was symbolic of The Koru Effect:


"To work alongside others in peaceful ways, helping clients to bring about healing, clarity, resolution and vitality. Bringing new beginnings and influencing future well-being with and for others."

The Koru Effect is a personal passion for Maria who is an advocate for the mental and emotional well-being of people.  

Meet Maria

Certified Coach, Educator and

Wairua Practitioner

Work background 


Maria has spent 25+ years in leadership roles offering adult learning for both corporate and public service environments; as well in private practice (2008). The professional and personal development of adults has been central to her work. As a skilled facilitator and coach clients have been able to experience important and transformational shifts. She is a Co-Founder of Wheelhouse Education & Learning Ltd, an educational business focused on creating healthier futures. 


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


Throughout this time she has lead small and very large teams (including award winning teams); and lead learning projects of varying sizes and duration. The last eight years has included working closely across healthcare - designing and facilitating leadership, coaching and educator programmes for both clinical and non-clinical support staff.


  • Certified mBIT Coach: Multiple Brain Integration Techniques 

  • Certified Life Coach: Intl. 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.

  • Certified project management, and process management. 

  • Oxford Women's Leadership. Saiid Business School, Oxford University.

Matekite & Indigenous Healing

Descended from Maori, Scottish, Irish and English ancestors Maria has enjoyed the discovery of her whakapapa from these lineages. She greatly acknowledges all ancestors, their paths, and the differing worlds she is offered through them.

Maria's kuia Ngarongo Haimona was a tohunga (an adept healer). Through this line the threads of matakite weave throughout family descendants. Maria recalls her own earliest experience with wairua around the age of 5-years old. Largely raised without her siblings or extended family, nor knowing her cultural heritage it wasn't until her late 20's that Maria acknowledged these qualities. She embarked on a lifelong journey to keep developing these; collecting knowledge and experiences to balance what resonates with her genealogically.


She has had the privilege of continuing her development not only in traditional Māori healing, but other world views of traditional healing. 


  • Mahi Wairua Practitioner. Tutored for 3-years by respected Tohunga Wiremu Niania and wife Lesley. Co-Author of the book, 'Collaborative and Indigenous Mental Health Therapy - Tataihono Stories of Maori Healing and Psychiatry'. 

  • Traditional bodywork - Romiromi and mirimiri. 

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

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

  • Shamanic journeying of the Hopi’sinom (Hopi people, Native American tribe). 

  • Huna Healing (Ho'omana ancient Hawaiian healing).

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

  • Meditating with spirit guides. Mentored for 5 years with Rose Goodliffe. Masters of Social Practice including research on her practice as a trained counselor and medium. 

Maria's relationship with wairua has been quietly interwoven supporting her work and general life direction.

A note from Maria:


Self-leadership, wellbeing and mauri ora


"In life I have experienced the rewards that come with effort and optimistic thinking, self-determination and being capable. As well I have had to face childhood trauma. I know intimately the impact of chronic depression and anxiety; the grief attached to the loss of cultural heritage and identity; and the emotional turmoil and impact of domestic violence, and sexual abuse.


What makes TKE my personal passion and joy, is knowing that we each have the capability and inner strength to navigate towards those things that improve our circumstances and enrich our lives. Even in times when feeling the most challenged and without choice.

Right now we are experiencing a time where our personal vitality, well-being and leadership of self is more important than ever!  Happiness in life is a personal experience defined by those who seek it. When we listen into ourselves, and discover we need or desire change that is our opportunity to pivot in another direction. To improve our situation. 


Working intuitively 

There is an important interplay between our physical, psychological, spiritual, social and environmental well-being. Where there is a challenge or need in one area, there is likely a ripple effect into another. This means sometimes looking to multiple avenues for a solution to life's problems.

Through my work here I am able to utilise what is within my range when working alongside you. I feel honoured to be able to do this. Please feel free to look around the site and reach out when you're ready to make a shift.

With gratitude, Maria.