At Tūtaki our trustees’ primary role on the Tūtaki board is to set the strategic direction of the organisation. They also monitor performance and activity against the strategic goals, ensure we are performing against budget and provide strategies for sustainability. Our trustees bring with them a range of skills, backgrounds and views and all have values which align with those of the organisation.
I joined the Board of Trustees in May 2018 after a chance conversation with the then Chair Simon whilst in Auckland Airport. As an experienced community safety and community development practitioner Tūtaki’s purpose aligned perfectly with my own belief in community-led solutions. I became chair in April 2020 and re-elected at the AGM later that year.
I am currently the Manager of The Wheelhouse, which is a hub for trusts, clubs, societies and community organisations to access information, support, advice and training to enable them to succeed. I am also a Civil Defence Volunteer, a commitee member with the Stratford Business Association and soon to be a volunteer for Central Taranaki Community Patrol.
My husband Matthew and I moved to New Zealand from Yorkshire in the UK in Oct 2012 and we have been on our small lifestyle block, with our cats, duck and chooks, in Midhirst since 2014 where we established our electrical business – TNC Electrical.
I joined Tūtaki in mid-2019, I was keen to get involved in a community organisation having recently moved into the community. I was attracted to the passion and drive that Tūtaki has to enrich the lives of our community. It is inspiring to see the work that goes into building such a rewarding organisation.
I live locally in Stratford and am proud of the positive work that is happening in our District through Tūtaki. I’m a Councillor on the Stratford District Council and a Deputy Chair of the Stratford Business Association. I am self employed as a Finance Coach and Planner with YouChange where we work with people to improve their financial position and reach their financial goals.
I joined as a trustee in 2015 after being approached by then trustee Ilona. I currently serve as a Councillor at Stratford District Council. In 2017 I was appointed as a trustee of the TSB Community Trust and in 2018 a Director of the TSB Bank.
My career was in banking both here in New Zealand and in Australia. I am now semi-retired and along with my wife Margaret we live on a small farm block in Stratford where we established Dolly’s Milk.
I am proud of the work Tūtaki does in the Central Taranaki area and regard it as a unique social services organisation in that it partially funds itself through revenue from the Lions Den Gym & Fitness Centre. I have been attending a weekly fitness class at the Lions Den since 2016.
We have two adult sons and four grandchildren.
I joined the board for Tūtaki because Simon asked me to and it seemed like a good opportunity to learn something new and stretch my involvement in supporting NGO service provision in the community. Tūtaki provides a great service in the Stratford community and I am invested both professionally and personally in seeing it flourish.
I grew up in New Plymouth and moved to Stratford with my husband nearly 14 years ago. I have three children, two still school-aged and one now an adult and living in Australia. I am invested in supporting Tūtaki to be a service that I would want my children to use if they needed additional support in their lives. I have worked for the Ministry for Children – Oranga Tamariki – for 19 years, in various roles across both New Plymouth and Hawera offices. Prior to that, I was a single parent on a benefit, while finishing a degree at the University of Auckland. I have always tried to be involved in my community wherever I have lived, having been a leader in Girl Guides, on a local Plunket committee, coaching school sports teams, and a volunteer for Riding for the Disabled.
I joined as a trustee in 2019 after current staff mentioned there was a vacancy coming up. I have a life purpose to have a positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing, and knowing what I did about Tūtaki, and the positive impact it has on the community, made joining the board one of the easiest decisions in my life to-date.
Outside of this, I work for Fonterra, whilst also living on a dairy farm with my husband and 300+ cows. We are expecting our first child early 2021. I have a Masters degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology, and another Masters in Business Administration, specialising in Technology.
I joined the Tūtaki board in mid-2019. I was attracted to Tūtaki by the work that they have done with the children and families throughout the area and believe that their different programmes are both important and vital for those that they support.
I am a qualified Chartered Accountant currently working in the Stratford office of Baker Tilly Staples Rodway. Having been born and raised in Central Taranaki, I am incredibly lucky to be able to raise my three daughters up in the area, and look forward to being able to give back to the community that has given my family so much.
I am the blessed matua (parent) to 5 tamariki (children) and 5 mokopuna (grandchildren) and have been born and bred between our Taranaki mounga (mountain) and moana (sea).
Now a retired medical professional and farmer, I have been fortunate to be involved not only in regional sport, education administration and associated fundraising, but active in social justice movements for over 40 years.
On being approached to join Tūtaki board, I knew the ethos and interconnections of the Trust were in alignment with my personal grassroots beliefs and blended well with my anthropological qualifications and ongoing sociological studies.
I look forward to being active in the vision of the Board and hands on in assisting the Administration team in whatever ways I can, while keeping the communities needs as the paramount driver of action.
As a passionate member of the Central Taranaki community, I’m proud to be involved with and support various trusts and committees that I truly believe in and whose values align with my own. As Chairman of the Central Taranaki Safe Community Trust, I know how impactful an organisation can be in a small community. I have been a true supporter of Tūtaki since its inception and am incredibly proud of its growth and progression over the years.
Outside of my day to day job as being a licensed Real Estate Agent & Regional Sales Manager for McDonald Real Estate Limited – Stratford Branch, I’m also a Justice of the Peace, a Marriage Celebrant, and a committee member on the Stratford Health Trust.
When I’m not busy I love to spend time with my family, working on my farmlet, golfing and fishing.
Vanessa joined the board at our recent AGM – She represents New Zealand Police. More information to follow
I joined as a trustee in 2020 and I am looking forward to helping build positive community and supporting more cohesion in practice across our local schools and with support agencies. I have been the principal of Eltham School since 2016, and I am currently one of two support principals for the Central Taranaki Kāhui Ako (Community of Learning). Our Kahui Ako is made up of 14 local schools, including both high schools, and 7 Early Childhood Centres. My portfolio within the Kahui Ako is wellbeing.
I love my role as principal as it is so rewarding to see children progress in their learning, and to be in a position where I can positively influence their futures. I have a passion for encouraging children and young people to learn values and competencies, which provide them with the skills they need to ‘be their best selves’ and to attain productive lifestyles.
I was born and raised in the Waikato on an orchard near to Mystery Creek. Since leaving home I have lived and worked in a few regions across New Zealand, moving from Hawkes Bay in 2016 to Taranaki. I have three sons and one daughter ranging in age from 18yrs – 24yrs. My two oldest sons still live in Hawkes Bay and my two youngest live with me in Stratford.