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Governance / Kaitiaki group
The Research Centre’s governance group has two caucuses; Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti.
Tangata Whenua caucus members are:
Kataraina Pipi: Co-chair
Tangata Tiriti caucus members are:
Garth Nowland-Foreman: Co-chair
Sally Fenwick Ridley: Treasurer
Tangata Whenua caucus members
Co-Chair Kataraina Pipi, Ngāti Porou, Ngati Hine
Kataraina is a director of the Paewhenua Hou Partnership operating as FEM (2006) Ltd. She is a project manager, research and evaluation consultant, trainer and facilitator. Kataraina has had seven years as a practising evaluator and researcher and is a member of the Australasian Evaluation Society, the American Evaluation Society and the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association.
.Pania Coote (nee Simeon), Ngai Tahu, Ngāti Kauwhata and Ngāti Porou
Pania Coote is of Ngai Tahu, Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngāti Porou descent, lives in Bluff and affiliates to Awarua Runanga. She has a Masters in Social Welfare from the University of Otago, Dunedin, specialising in research, management and counselling. Pania is the District Manager, Māori Health at Southern District Health Board. Her background in social work and community development underpins her work in both health and Māori specific areas. Pania’s role includes overseeing Māori Health and Māori Mental Health secondary care services across the Southland and Otago regions. She also works in collaboration with primary care, Māori Providers to reduce disparities and improve Māori health outcomes.
.Mariao Te Huranga Hohaia, Ngati Rehia, Ngati Kura, Ngai Hao
Mariao is an Iwi practitioner who is employed by Te Runanga A Iwi O Ngapuhi as Hapu Development Projects Coordinator for groups and organisations within Te Tai o Tokerau. He has had broad experience in arts, youth, social, education, community and hapū development. He is serving on a number of governance and management groups that are focused towards community and whānau / hapū development. He lives in Peiwharangi with his partner Katharine and their two children.
Ariana Stockdale-Frost, Ngai Tahu Matawhaiti, Ngait Kahungunu.
Ariana Stockdale-Frost completed a diploma in education and taught in Christchurch for 14 years. On moving to the Hawkes Bay in 2002, Ariana accepted a position as health promoter for Te Rangihaeata Oranga Trust, Hawkes Bay Regional Problem Gambling Services where she developed and implemented community-based health promotion projects. In 2003-5, Ariana was the Regional Coordinator for Health Promotions National Youth Project which involved liaising with schools and coordinating Train-the-trainer workshops in Hawkes Bay, Rotorua, Gisborne, Auckland and Palmerston North. Currently employed as a researcher at The Eastern Institute of Technology, Ariana has been an active researcher involved with Maori and community-based research projects.
Shelley Hoani, Ngāti Pou, Ngāti Mahuta and Ngāti Makino
Shelley is of Ngāti Pou, Ngāti Mahuta and Ngāti Makino descent. Shelley is a mother of 13 and a ‘mama’ to her eight mokopuna. She has been a kaimahi for Te Wananga o Aotearoa since 2003 when as a recent graduate of Waikato University she became a kaiako of te reo Maori. Since then Shelley has held a number of portfolios within the Marautanga (curriculum) directorate. Her most recent journey over the past two years has been with rangahau & research within the organisation focused on capability and capacity building. However, her focus now centres around the quality assurance of all TWoA publications produced as a result of rangahau activity and kaiarahi (curriculum portfolio owner) for two programmes (Certificate in Community Innovation and Bachelor of Maori Advancement). She is passionate about learning, writing and transformation through education.
Erena Kara, Ngāpuhi
Erena Kara is the Operations Manager at Te Hau Ora O Kaikohe. Erena has a Masters in Social Sciences (Psychology) and has a strong interest in kaupapa Māori research, evaluation, and transformation. Erena has worked within the health sector for most of her career, working in both the government and not for profit sectors. Currently, she is involved in the evolution of the Whānau Ora programme as it relates to her rohe in Ngāpuhi. Erena continues to be involved in research, particularly within the area of best health outcomes for Maori. Erena is involved in the Kohanga Reo movement through her tamariki, is a member of the Maori Health Gains Council, Northland District Health Board, and is involved in iwi issues via her directorship on the Ngāpuhi Asset Holding Company. She is married with two tamariki.
Tangata Tiriti caucus members
Co-Chair Garth Nowland-Foreman
Garth runs Community Solutions, a small consulting and training firm specialising in strategy, evaluation and governance for non-profit organisations and those who fund them. He also lectures in the Unitec NZ Graduate Programme in Not for Profit Management – in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific – specialising in governance, social policy, community research, social audit, ethics, change management, strategy, and capacity building for non-profit organisations. Garth has researched and written widely on these topics and also on non-profit funding and accountability, and strategic philanthropy.
Garth has a number of voluntary roles and is on the boards of the Lottery Grants, Australia and New Zealand Third Sector Research (ANZTSR), and the Christchurch Methodist Mission. He chaired the Committee for the Study of the New Zealand Non Profit Sector and was the initial editor for the Community Research “How to” pages of www.community.net.nz. Garth was also the first SAN registered Social Auditor in Aotearoa New Zealand. Previously, he worked as an NGO lobbyist heading up a government policy and research unit, and was in a Cabinet Minister’s office. He was national director of the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) for six years. Garth has two adult sons, one of whom has a number of disabilities.
.Treasurer Sally Fenwick Ridley
Sally is originally from the North however has lived in the Waitetuna Valley in the Waikato for most of her life. She is the Training and Communications Manager at Community Waikato. Her focus is on community research and development, building capacity and disseminating information. She has a Masters in Social Sciences and a Post Graduate Diploma in Community Psychology with the University of Waikato and is currently completing the Graduate Diploma in Not for Profit Management with Unitec. Sally is a member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association, and the Chair of MSSATW (Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust, Waikato) and Insight Endometriosis.
Bronwyn is a Lecturer in the Department of Management at the University of Otago. She entered the university system after 10 years nursing in New Zealand, England and Oman. Following her Masters and PhD study, Bronwyn’s research focused on organisation, identity, knowledge and place.
In the last three years she has “finally seen the light” and shifted her research attention to the community sector. She is working with / for a community organisation on their multi-stakeholder evaluation project. Bronwyn is working to increase her understanding so that she can contribute to research within the community sector in a meaningful way, as well as raise the profile of this important sector in her undergraduate and postgraduate university teaching.
Natasha is a born and bred Wellingtonian. She is the Communications, Marketing and Sales Manager at Funding Information Service. The Funding Information Service has been at the forefront of funding and resourcing for over 20 years. Natasha has over 20 years experience within the marketing and communications environment and has worked in corporate, primary industry, tertiary, public and community and voluntary sectors. Natasha has a variety of volunteer roles, with board, trustee appointments and as a volunteer at Ronald McDonald Family Room.
Jan Hinde, Manager
Jan comes from the North of England where she spent over 10 years involved in Community Arts Development before joining the Arts Council in Ireland as Head of Arts Participation. She arrived in New Zealand for a placement with Creative New Zealand and has since taken diverse roles with the community and voluntary sector. She is a passionate advocate of small NGO’s. Jan is a member of the Treaty Relations Group of Quakers Aotearoa, a massage therapist, and New Zealand’s only female Uilleann Piper.
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