Meet the Mahi Tika Team

Rodney Bell, Prudence Walker, Angela Desmarais and Tim Young pose for the camera

Waikato-based Tim Young and Rodney Bell are Mahi Tika – Equity in Employment’s Kaitiaki | Enhancers.

The project is overseen by DPA Chief Executive Prudence Walker along with Angela Desmarais in the role of Manaaki | Support.

Tim Young

Kaitiaki | Enhancer

Tim is passionate about providing equality of opportunity to everyone, but in particular using technology to solve accessibility issues after facing many accessibility issues in his own experiences as a tetraplegic.

He has a background in educational psychology, research, and app development.

Tim has long struggled to find employment since his spinal cord injury, including not being able to get a job as an educational psychologist due to a lack of accessible workplaces.

As a result, he started two businesses to gain experience in the workforce, including Smart Access, which completes accessibility audits of infrastructure for local governments. He's also a part-time research assistant with the Burwood Academy of Independent Living. 

Contact Tim: 027 238 5812

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Rodney Bell - Ngaati Maniapoto

Kaitiaki | Enhancer

Rodney Bell is of Maaori descent from the Tainui Waka and Ngaati Maniapoto is his Iwi.
 
Rodney is a performing artist with a disability and is internationally renowned for integrated dance.

In collaboration with diverse teams of designers and artists, Rodney enjoys creating multidisciplinary work, exploring contemporary issues to do with, travelling, identity, perception, experiences, time, and our connections to place, people and the cultural and political body we all inhabit.

Through his lived experience of disability, employment exploration, advocacy and mataauranga Maaori,  Rodney wants to utilise that experience by working alongside Whaanau Hauaa (disabled communities/peoples)  to pursue the career they desire and live the life that they want.

Contact Rodney: 027 238 5813

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Angela Desmarais

Manaaki | Support

Angela grew up in Auckland but has travelled extensively worldwide, which has helped shape the way she views the world around us.

She has a background in teaching and research, with a particular interest in improving accessibility in both online and public spaces.

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