Snapshots 2011

Class of 2011

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The Mana Moana Experience Alumni: 2018


Alison Taylor 
Head of Centre for Social Impact

Skills offered: Investing for social impact; capacity development for not for profits; philanthropic sector advice; effective governance; facilitation. 
Current community involvement: Board member, Vodafone Foundation New Zealand. 
Location: Auckland

Brendan Hoare
Managing Director, Buy Pure New Zealand

Skills offered: Business and organisational development, trade development, forging relationships; uniting and coordinating diverse communities of interest; developing uniting strategies under bold visions.
Current community involvement: Chief Executive, Organics Aotearoa NZ; Founding Director, Journal of Organic Systems; Executive Director,  Econation 2020 Charitable Trust.
Location: Auckland


Bridgette Pretty 
Director, Pretty Accounting Limited

Skills offered: Financial, management and commercial accounting services and support; making people’s life easier by identification and implementation of correct systems including vast experience with SAP, MYOB, QuickBooks, APS, Banklink, Xero and Accredo. 
Current community involvement: Working with and mentoring teenagers after growing up in an extended family with many foster children. I focus on building confidence and life skills for our youth. 
Location: Nelson

Carey Griffiths
Manager - Regulatory Practice, WorkSafe New Zealand

Skills offered: Project governance; community engagement; strategic leadership; policing and crime prevention; road safety advice; leadership mentoring.
Current community involvement: President, Institute of Advanced Motorists New Zealand (IAM NZ).
Location: Wellington


Cate Thorn 

Skills offered: Mentor; community facilitator; strategic thinker; celebrant; wordsmith; enquirer. 
Current community involvement: Collaborate with various community projects; ministry from the church into the community. 
Location: Auckland


Catherine Schache
Commercial Director, ARANZ Geo Ltd

Skills offered: Governance and legal counsel. 
Location: Christchurch


Damon Plimmer 
Parish Priest, Anglican Diocese of Dunedin 

Skills offered: Group facilitation; mentoring; spiritual direction; celebrant; pastoral care. 
Current community involvement: Church ministry; scout leader; school trustee and chaplain. 
Location: Wanaka


Dan Walker 
Account Executive, Dell EMC

Skills offered: Leadership; governance; profit and loss management. 
Current community involvement: Trustee Tuia Te Here Tangata; Maori Youth Development; mentor First Foundation; board member Ngati Ruanui; director,  New Zealand Maori Toursim. 
Location: Auckland


Dave Hargreaves
Owner/Operator, Mitre 10

Skills offered: Strategic planning; operational and logistics management; business mentoring. 
Current community involvement: CanTeen; Waikato Hospice and True Colours;; active in schools rowing in the Waikato; President, St Paul’s Rowing Club. 
Location: Auckland & Hamilton


Dave Harris
Production Manager, Thirkettle Nurseries 

Skills offered: Horticultural advice; technical research skills, assisting in transition from family run businesses.  
Location: Nelson


Di Rump
Chief Executive, Muaupoko Tribal Authority

Skills offered: People and performance management of large nationwide teams; franchise strategy; sales & service excellence/effectiveness; retailbusiness cases & tendering; team building & facilitation; project & large programme management; product management; marketing; communications; customer centricity; governance; operational risk; financial services.
Current community involvement: Hearing Association; Dress for Success; my iwi.

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Dickie Farrar
General Manager, Whakatohea Maori Trust Board 

Skills offered: Strategy; planning; organising; change management; working with and developing teams; building organisational culture and ensuring we all achieve results. The tools I look for to enable this to happen are baseline evidential information backed up by clear strategy, great people, ability to execute and the cash to achieve results. 
Location: Opotiki


Elaine Hultzer
Partner, Audit and Advisory, Deloitte Canada

Location: Canada



Elaine Wong

Location: Hong Kong



Hans Verberne  

Skills offered: Organisational planning; quality assurance; mentoring; team building. 
Current community involvement: Supporting local school activities
Location: Waikato


Henare Clarke
North Island Network Services Manager, Kiwi Rail

Skills offered: Governance; HR management.  
Current community involvement: Board member, Genesis Youth Trust.  
Location: Auckland


Janette Campbell
Partner, Meredith Connell

Skills offered: Environmental and resource management law; negotiation and mediation; project management; broad strategic planning and implementation.  
Current community involvement: Pro bono legal advice to the Tree Council (Auckland) Inc. 
Location: Auckland


Janine Attwood
Chief Artisan, Artisan Inc. NZ

Skills offered: Consulting - business strategy and transformation planning; HR and communication strategy and execution; coaching and leadership development; organisational engagement; brand development.
Current community involvement: Business and skills mentoring. 
Location: Auckland


Jo Randerson
Artistic Director, Barbarian Productions 

Skills offered: Facilitation, communication coaching; clown and performance work; public speaking; public engagement; creative process; social innovation;  entrepreneurial thinking.
Current community involvement: Leader of community collaborations - public and community theatre and arts projects; mentor & advocate for arts community.
Location: Wellington


John Kotoisuva
Chief Executive Officer, Oceanic Career Academy

Skills offered: Teaching; mentoring; pastoral care.
Current community involvement: Vice chairman for the board of trustees for the West Fono Health Trust; Pacific Community advisor – Manukau Institute of Technology. 
Location: Auckland


John O'Neil 
Southland Regional Manager, PGG Wrightson 

Skills offered: Understanding of agricultural sector; finance; people management. 
Location: Invercargill

Josephine Bartley
Local Board Member, Auckland Council Maungakiekie Tamaki Ward; Pacific Engagement, Red Cross

Skills offered: Connecting and engaging communities; plain English language skills; social media; governance; consumer and credit law; advocacy.
Current community involvement: Board member, Glen Innes Family Centre; founding member, Pacifica Tamaki branch; chair, Tamaki Community Safety Forum and Tamaki Community Patrols Charitable Trust; member, Glen Innes Business Association; supporting local youth; member, HEART (Healthy Relationships in Tamaki).
Location: Auckland

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Josie Ogden Schroeder 
Chief Executive Officer, Christchurch YMCA 

Skills offered: Strategic planning; fundraising; staff management/HR; governance; advocacy and risk management; crisis management; empowering others. 
Current community involvement: Board member Outdoors NZ; trustee/staff member YMCA Christchurch.
Location: Christchurch


Liz Hampton 
Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Manager, IBM New Zealand

Skills offered: Development of partnerships between business and community organisations; strategic planning; communications and project management.
Current community involvement: Board Chairman, Literacy Aotearoa Wellington; Manager of various volunteer community projects; 
Location: Wellington


Margaret Davison

Skills offered: Extensive background in Scotland working with not-for-profit organisations to support their growth and development; extensive governance experience; involvement in a number of community boards supporting community regeneration; extensive experience on rugby committees.
Current community involvement: Junior rugby committee and civil defence. 
Location: UK


 Max Adler
Principal Designer - Service Innovation, The Service Design Company; Service Design Lead at Wavespace Auckland, EY

Skills offered: Human-centred design; design thinking for business; customer insight research; innovation strategy; service/product prototyping and testing; facilitation; coaching; co-design; cooperative inquiry; action research. 
Current community involvement: coaching charitable organisations on business model innovation using design thinking. 
Location: Auckland



Megan Courtney
Neighbourhoods Team Lead, Inspiring Communities 

Skills offered: Community-led development; strategic planning; partnering and collaboration; community engagement and empowerment. 
Current community involvement: Nelson Community-Led Development Network; Clifton Terrace School, Board of Trustees; Management committee, Tahunanui Community Centre. 
Location: Nelson


Mike Brooker
Group Solicitor, Foodstuffs (Auckland) 

Skills offered: Legal; negotiation; governance. 
Current community involvement: Have been involved in numerous fund raising initiatives for CanTeen, local schools and the like. Provided pro-bono legal services for Starship, Fred Hollows Foundation and other charitable organisations while at the law firm. 
Location: Auckland


Patrick O'Reilly 
General Manager, Property, Trust Investment Management

Skills offered: Funds management; commercial property investment. 
Current community involvement: Trustee, Inspiring Stories Trust; Property Institute of New Zealand. 
Location: Auckland


Penny Fitt 

Skills offered: Group work facilitation; creative games; teaching, language (German, French, Spanish).  
Current community involvement: Eko Theatre collaborator; conversation group member (Forum for Personal and Social Enquiry, Wellington); visioning for Manutuke School’s application for special school status. 
Location: Northland


Peter Wilson

Skills offered: Global portfolio management; management of medium and large scale enterprises in a complex environment; people management/development in a cross cultural context; leading diverse teams; strong safety leadership; project management; senior stakeholder relations. 
Location: Melbourne, Australia


Richard Fitzgerald 
Mixed cropping farm owner, Greenacres Farms; Primary Industry Capability Consultant, Kedron Consulting

Skills offered: Working knowledge of a broad range of agricultural systems; sponsorship negotiation; strategy development; managing a large volunteer workforce; revenue building; brand management and television relationship management; change management processes. ‘Turn Around’ strategy; business development; industry collaboration; contract negotiation; change management for staff and volunteers; organisational culture development. 
Current community involvement: National steering committee member, International Year of the family farm; team referee for son’s soccer team; sponsorship advice to help community projects structure their funding. 
Location: Upper Canterbury Plains


Richard Llewellyn 
Head of External Affairs, Vodafone

Skills offered: Media relations; communications strategy and planning; stakeholder engagement. 
Location: Auckland


Russell Little
Procurement Architect, healthAlliance

Skills offered: Strategic planning; procurement; programme management; change management; global supply chain. 
Current community involvement: Coach of youth grade sports teams in soccer and cricket. 
Location: Auckland


Shalini Pillai 

Senior Advisor - Policy, Evaluation & Learning, Foundation North

Skills offered: Fundraising and grant making advice; youth sector advice; venture philanthropy. 
Current community involvement: Trustee, Women’s Centre Waitakere, Challenge 4 Charity.
Location: Auckland


Sue North
Manager, Group Risk & Compliance, Accident Compensation Corporation

Skills offered: People management and development; mentoring; planning; risk & quality management; training development & facilitation. 
Location: Wellington

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