Snapshots 2013

Class of 2013

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The Mana Moana Experience Alumni: 2018


Adam Bennett 
Trade Commissioner - West Coast USA, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

Skills offered: Facilitation; strategy.
Current community involvement: School; community sports; New Zealanders in the US; homeless charities.
Location: San Francisco, LA


Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki
List MP based in Papakura and Tāmaki - New Zealand Labour Party

Skills offered: Facilitation; mentoring; community group development.
Current community involvement: Trustee, New Horizon for Women's Trust; Vice-President, New Zealand Tongan Rugby Football Association Inc (Siutaka); Advisor, 'Api Ko Hofoa Incorporated Society; Treasurer, PACIFICA Inc; Committee member, Vaka Fanaua Project.
Location: Auckland


Andrew Lawson

Skills offered: Legal assistance and advice; mentoring of young lawyers and law students; not for profit assistance and governance.
Current community involvement: Steering committee member, Auckland Disability Law; member, Labour Party; Tamaki LEC; Collegiate Coach, Glendowie Bowling Club.
Location: Auckland


Angela Derecourt
Coach, Blue Ocean Coaching & Consulting

Skills offered: Coaching & business mentoring; sales leadership; facilitation workshops; training.
Current community involvement: local schools; Fullbright Alumni (Mentor); International Coaching Federation (ICF) Peer Supervision.
Location: Auckland


Angela Hassan-Sharp
Unit Manager, United Nations, Human Rights and Commonwealth (UNHC) division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Skills offered: Organisational skills; strategic planning; mentoring.
Current community involvement: Activities related to the children’s schools.
Location: Wellington


Arthur Grooby
Akina Foundation

Skills offered: Relationship management; strategic planning; people management; community engagement. 
Current community involvement: Mentoring; volunteering LGBT community.
Location: Wellington


Ben Smith
Grower Manager, T&G

Skills offered: Strategic planning; project management; public speaking; process improvement. 
Current community involvement: Committee member, Tomatoes NZ, Pukekohe Vegetable Growers Association; member working group, Horticulture NZ Future Focus; Young Vegetable Grower of the Year.
Location: Reparoa


Brent Chalmers
Head of Public Sector Strategy & Relationships, Westpac

Skills offered: Technology planning/advice; sales; marketing; governance. 
Current community involvement: School committee; YES coaching; ICT coaching.
Location: Wellington


Carl Rogers
National FM Manager NZ, Ventia Limited

Skills offered: Company leadership and management, strategy, business development, change management, safety culture, lean and mean contracting.
Current community involvement: Trustee, The New Zealand Notable Trees Trust.
Location: Auckland


Carolyn Santiago
Founder, CommunityWorks

Skills offered: Governance; organisational development; coaching; finance; fundraising.
Current community involvement: Community Rotorua Executive Officer; Hearing Dogs for Deaf People Recipient & Speaker;Mahi Tahi Akoranga Trust Secretary; Rotorua Christmas Parade Trustee; 
Location: Based in Rotorua, working nationwide


Chris Morgan
Group Manager - Analytics and Research, Auckland Transport

Skills offered: Governance; commercial; strategy development; lean/six sigma; project management.
Current community involvement: Trustee & Treasurer, Inspiring Communities.
Location: Auckland

Christina Howard
Executive Director, Todd Foundation

Skills offered: Building effective collaborations; strategic philanthropy; supporting community-led change.
Current community involvement: Hutt South Time Bank.
Location: Wellington


Erena Kara  
General Manager, Te Runanga-A-Iwi-O-Ngapuhi

Skills offered: Iwi leadership; working in not for profit community; Iwi/Maori led research; building whanau capacity; youth development; health and social service sector.
Current community involvement:  Director, Ngapuhi Asset Holding Company;  trainer/partner, 405 Fitness Training; volunteer, Kaikohe Te Kohanga Reo, Maori Women’s Welfare League; young women development.
Location: Kaikohe, Ngapuhi


Georgie Witehira 
Property Development Business Owner; Board Member; Contracts Funding; CYFs

Skills offered: Governance; coaching; people development; stakeholder engagement; project management.
Current community involvement: Chair, Counties Manukau Basketball; board member Auckland Basketball Services Ltd/Basketball Pacific; coach, junior basketball.
Location: South Auckland


Grant Edwards
General Manager Regions/Otago Regional Manager, PGG Wrightson

Skills offered: People management; coaching; financial management; agricultural systems; strategic planning.
Current community involvement: Kids sports - refereeing & coaching.
Location: Dunedin


Helen Lomax 
Acting Director, Ako Aotearoa - National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence

Skills offered: Service development and implementation; relationship, fund and contract management; cross-sectoral and bi-cultural expertise; evaluating change projects; community and education sector governance and leadership; leadership and networks for tertiary teaching quality, nationally and internationally.
Current community involvement: School Board of Trustees, Te Whānau Tūtahi Representative, Wellington East Girls’ College. 
Location: Wellington


Jean Kibblewhite
Director, FreshFish Limited

Location: Masterton/Wairarapa and Porangahau/Hawkes Bay


James Wilson
Manager - Baycourt Community & Arts Centre

Skills offered: Working in collaboration; creative thinking; community engagement; developing young and emerging practitioners; leading change; culture building; fundraising; stakeholder engagement.
Location: Tauranga


Jamie Robinson 
Regional Director, Ministry of Social Development

Skills offered: Leadership; governance; change management; performance management; business process improvement; project leadership; staff development and mentoring.
Location: Wellington


Jay Junior Williams 
Creative Director, Phoenix Performing Arts NZ; National Suicide Prevention Co-ordinator, LeVa 

Skills offered: Writing; film production; lighting; sound; life coaching; youth leadership & mentoring.
Current community involvement: Suicide prevention.
Location: Auckland


Dr. Karlo Mila MNZM
Programme Director - The Mana Moana Experience

Skills offered: Writing; research; poetry; analysis; creativity; public speaking; indigenous knowledge development; mental health expertise.
Current community involvement: Public speaking; performing / judging / teaching poetry and writing.
Location: Auckland


Kimberly Rees
Policy Analyst, Community & Social Policy, Auckland Council

Skills offered: Community group / not-for-profit strategic planning; governance and management; communications; creative thinking; youth leadership development; community engagement; policy/project development and implementation. 
Current community involvement:  Trustee, McLaren Park Henderson South (MPHS) Community Trust; board member, Titirangi Community House; member, Kohimarama Yacht Club & Murray's Bay Sailing Club; assisting in the running of youth sailing programmes/regattas; volunteer for TEDx. 
Location: West Auckland


Melanie Swami 
President, Auckland Area Group, National Programme Convenor,
Pan Pacific and South East Asia Women’s Association Inc (PPSEAWA); Account & Administration Officer, Vulcan Steel

Skills offered: Communications; governance; community engagement; organisation development; public speaking.
Current community involvement: Pacific Islands Presbyterian Church; Newton-Cook Islands Group Finance; Cook Islands Women’s group; PPSEAWA; National Council of Women-Auckland Branch.
Location: Auckland


Michelle Hancock
Manager, Auckland International Airport

Skills offered: Commercial management; financial and economic analysis; regulatory advice; relationship management; strategic planning; governance.
Location: Auckland


Murray Hickman
Artistic Director/General Manager, Strike Percussion

Location: Wellington



Quentin McCarthy
General Manager, Downer NZ

Skills offered: Leadership and coaching; leadership mentoring; change management; optimising organisational structures; strategic planning and risk management.
Location: Palmerston North

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Sarb Johal
Associate Professor in Disaster Mental Health, Massey University

Skills offered: Coaching; public speaking; people development; facilitation; mentoring.
Current community involvement: Work with national and local organisations and communities around disaster preparedness and recovery.
Location: Wellington


Steve Ferguson
Programme Director Visa 2020, Immigration NZ, Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

Skills offered: Change management; leadership and people management; strategic planning; governance.
Current community involvement: Mentoring SMEs; providing mentoring and guidance to mid-level managers; school board.  
Location: Wellington and Kapiti Coast

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