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.
In 2009 I was part of the planning group that came up with the concept of Tūtaki. I have been involved in Tūtaki Youth Inc. in differing roles since it’s initial opening in July 2013.
I have been a Police Officer in Central Taranaki for 20 years. This has given me the opportunity to understand the challenges people in our community face, each day in their lives. I have been part of many groups both in delivery and governance to gain an understanding of what we can do to help. With the support of Police, Council and the community, we have shown the gaps in service and the ways in which we can support. Over time we have created an organisation that helps – we help families, vulnerable children and young people.
I am employed by the Police, I am the Chairperson of Tūtaki’s Governance Team and interim General Manager for our operations. I believe in our approach and appreciate everyone who helps us to achieve our purpose.
I joined as a trustee in 2015 after being approached by fellow trustee Ilona. I currently serve as a Councillor at Stratford District Council and am deputy Chair of the Stratford Business Association after serving 4 years as Chair. 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 Tutaki 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 Tutaki September 2014 after being approached by a couple of the trustees at that time. After that initial conversation, I made my own enquiries about Tutaki and the ethos behind it, and quickly realised this was an organisation I would be proud to be part of.
As a journalist, I see firsthand how community organisations can make a difference to the people around them, and Tutaki certainly has a great positive impact on the area and people it serves.
Outside of being a board member, I am the managing editor of a local community paper, the Stratford Press, which is part of NZME.
My husband and I live in Stratford with our three children. We moved here from Tauranga seven years ago, and have never looked back.
Originally I am from the south west of England, and moved to New Zealand in 2001. Before that I lived in the Middle East.
I joined the Board of Trustees in May 2018 after a chance conversation with Simon, Tutaki Board Chair, whilst in Auckland Airport. As an experienced community safety and community development practitioner Tutaki’s purpose of creating positive life outcomes for young people and their families aligned perfectly with my own belief in community-led solutions.
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 in Midhirst since early 2014. I am currently the Manager of The Wheelhouse Project which is a collaboration of nine Taranaki organisations who share a goal of empowering Taranaki community groups with a particular focus strengthening their governance. Prior to that I worked for South Taranaki District Council as Community Development Advisor and at Auckland Council as a Democracy Advisor. Before leaving the UK I was part of the Safer Neighbourhood Team, a joint initiative between the Council and South Yorkshire Police, being responsible for community safety issues that were not police issues, community planning, and proactive multiagency initiatives to improve the quality of life of local residents.
I joined the board for Tutaki 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. Tutaki 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 Tutaki 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.