Snapshots 2008

Class of 2008

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The Mana Moana Experience Alumni: 2018


Aaron Topp
Director Sales and Marketing, Hatuma Dicalcic Phosphate 

Skills offered: Communication; marketing; writing; strategic planning; collaborative or individual problem solving. 
Current community involvement: Takapau School BOT; Farming for the Future Research Steering Committee. 
Location: Hawke’s Bay


Alistair Drake
Business Accountant Northern North Island Region, Department of Conservation 

Skills offered: Business, financial & management accounting; business analysis & advice; strategic thinking; leadership. 
Current community involvement: Trustee, Northable Disability Trust. 
Location: Whangarei

Annie Wahl
Branch Manager - Hawkes Bay, Accident Compensation Corporation 

Skills offered: Leadership; strategic planning; change management; operational management; staff engagement.
Location: Hawkes Bay


Carl Graham
Director/Shareholder, Builders Quality Systems

Skills offered: Building industry advice. 
Current community involvement: Justice of the Peace.
Location: Auckland


Dave Miller
Consultant, AgFirst Waikato

Skills offered: Strategic planning; strong background in NZ agriculture in particular dairy. 
Current community involvement: Leadership and development committee, Potatoe NZ. 
Location: Waikato


Deborah Ingold
Consultant Support Manager, Hay Group 

Skills offered: Project/organisation skills; an open mind; initiative; people management skills. 
Location: Auckland


Deidre Otene 
General Manager, The Moko Foundation

Skills offered: Collaboration; youth engagement; community development. 
Location: Auckland

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Emma Taylor 
Nursery Viticulturist, Vineyard Plants Limited

Skills offered: Research; communication (scientific into common language). 
Current community involvement: New Zealand Vine Nursery Association (Chair); Board of Trustees, Greenmeadows School.
Location: Hawke’s Bay


Essendon Tuitupo 
Manager, Temple Ministries 

Skills offered: Community development; project management; mentoring support; strategic development.  
Current community involvement: Leadership Factory (developing community leaders); leads a community-based health and fitness initiative in South Auckland; advisory board member for several not-for-profit organisations. 
Location: Auckland

Gillian Dudgeon
Deputy Chief Executive - Delivery, Tertiary Education Commission

Skills offered: Change management; strategic planning; governance; risk management; project management; facilitation. 
Current community involvement: Sports management.  
Location: Wellington

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Hilda Johnson-Bogaerts
General Manager Operations, The Selwyn Foundation 

Skills offered: Governance; mentoring; vision development; change management; care philosophy/models of aged care. 
Current community involvement: Board member Eden Alternative
Australia-New Zealand. 
Location: Auckland

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Karen Chan
Senior Business Development Manager, Bell Gully  

Skills offered: Media relations; thought leadership; professional services marketing. 
Location: Auckland

Lance Kennedy
Lead Service Manager Kaitaia and Kaikohe Community Corrections, Department of Corrections, Northland

Skills offered: Leadership; operational management in government sector; change management; mentoring for managers; creating high performing teams. 
Current community involvement: Manager, Kaikohe Rugby; Whanau Trust for Rewarewa D Block.
Location: Mid and Far North, Northland


Leanne Campbell 
Manager Regional Services, Department of Internal Affairs 

Skills offered: Youth development; governance; fundraising; facilitation; event management.  
Current community involvement: Kelson School Fundraising Committee.  
Location: Wellington


Malcolm Paul 
Managing Director, Fairfurth Consulting Ltd

Skills offered: Strategic planning; team leadership; project management; technology consulting. 
Location: Auckland


Manu Keung
Assistant Executive Director in Human Resources, Hamad Medical Corporation

Skills offered: Project management; event management; coaching; strategic business projects; HR; leadership; governance; building team culture.
Location: Doha, Qatar

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Manu Sione
General Manager, Cultural Leadership and Development, Emerge Aotearoa

Skills offered: Management; leadership mentoring; advocacy; strategic planning and project management. Particular skills working with Maori and Pacifika peoples. 
Current community involvement: Board Member, Haswell and Westbridge Residential Schools; Committee Member, National Depression Advisory Committee Member; Leadership NZ Tuakana mentoring programme.
Location: Auckland


Marija Batistich
Partner, Kensington Swan    

Skills offered: Governance; legal advice (particularly on public law, environmental and local government matters). 
Current community involvement: Auckland Committee of Resource Management Law Association; Croatian Cultural Society; involvement in Dare to Dream initiative by Sir Peter Blake Trust during leadership week.
Location: Auckland


Michael Berry
Archdeacon Southern Region, Anglican Diocese of Auckland 

Skills offered: Chaplaincy; celebrant; pastoral care; Christian ministry. 
Current community involvement: Church ministry and leadership; member of Auckland East Rotary Club. 
Location: Auckland

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Michelle van Gaalen
Managing Director, Smith&Smith

Skills offered: Customer and market strategy; operating model design; business strategy. 
Current community involvement: Advisory Board Member, NZ Leaders; recently retired Trustee, Chamber Music New Zealand and Chamber Music Foundation.
Location: Auckland

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Moi Becroft

Skills offered: Not for profit funding advice; community development.
Current community involvement: Volunteer at local Piha preschool. 
Location: Auckland


Murray Jordan
Independent Director, Chorus Limited

Skills offered: Strategic advice. 
Current community involvement: Involved in a number of charities including CanTeen and The Blind Foundation. 
Location: Auckland


Paul Argar
Group Tax Manager, CSG Limited

Skills offered: Financial & tax advice; business case development; strategy development; facilitation; mentoring. 
Current community involvement: Member, Tax Advisory Group; Fellow, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ); Advisory Panel Member, CAANZ New Member National Tax Training.
Location: Australia


Penny Hulse
Waitakere Ward Councillor, Auckland Council

Skills offered: Community engagement and development; local government experience; political lobbying. 
Current community involvement: Patron of Waitakere Special Olympics; Community Waitakere Charitable Trust; Henderson Riding for the Disabled; Vice-Patron - Trusts Waitakere Brass Band; Northern Football Association; WALSH Trust; Trustee, Swanson Railway Station Trust; Waitakere Anti Violence Essential Services; former director of EECA Board.
Location: Auckland

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Sacha O'Dea
General Manager, Ageing, Disability & International, Ministry of Social Development 

Skills offered: People management; strategy; business planning; governance; communications.
Location: Wellington


Shane Chisholm
General Manager, Communications and Fundraising, New Zealand Red Cross  

Skills offered: Strategic planning; operational management; change management; project management; brand management; fund development. 
Current community involvement: Board member, Te Aro Health, Salvation Army, Johnsonville; advisory group member, Social Housing The Salvation Army.
Location: Wellington


Sina Wendt
Chief Executive, Leadership New Zealand

Skills offered: Leadership and governance; strategic management; mentoring; stakeholder & community engagement; social enterprise. 
Current community involvement: YWCA Aotearoa New Zealand (Co-President); Pacific Music Awards Trust (Founding Trustee); Mentor for the Leadership Pacific Network (Auckland); Advisory board member of appointbetterboards and Mind Warriors – JOLT. 
Location: Auckland

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Stephen Henry
General Manager Services, New Zealand Racing Board

Skills offered: Strategic planning; project management; sales; marketing; governance; organisational development/review; change management; board development.  
Location: Wellington

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Taane Mete
Co-Artistic Director, Choreographer, Senior Dancer, Education Coordinator, Senior Teacher, Okareka Dance Company

Skills offered: Mentoring (art, dance & choreography); art performance management. 
Location: Auckland

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Tim Hamilton
Public Relations Director, The Salvation Army (New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga & Samoa)

Skills offered: Strategic planning; project management; facilitation; fundraising; governance; change management; event management; governance; sponsorship; funding. 
Current community involvement: Volunteer coach. 
Location: Auckland

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Wane Wharerau
Iwi Liaison Officer/Kaitakawaenga, New Zealand Police (Waitakere) 

Skills offered: Project management; strategy. 
Current community involvement: Director, Ngapuhi Asset Holding Company; Governance Trustee, Te Runanga a Iwi o Ngapuhi.
Location: Auckland

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