Hui E! Trustees

Pania Coote – Chair

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Descendant of Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kauwhata and Ngāti Porou, her whakapapa is from the Titi islands through to Moeraki and beyond. Born and raised in Bluff, she is married to Russell, with three beautiful adult children and blessed with four mokopuna.

Pania is the Southern DHB Executive Director of Māori Health, Kaiwhakahaere Hauora Māori. She has the overall responsibility for Māori Health across the Southern district (Otago/Southland regions). Pania is current Chair of Hui E! Community Aotearoa.

Pania has a background in health, social and education, with a Masters in Social Welfare through the University of Otago. She has a range of interests including research, community development, workforce development and reducing health disparities. Building on over 20 years’ experience in the health arena, she strives to improve, promote and protect the health and wellbeing of the people that she serves.

Charlie Moore

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Charlie has spent many years working in both Auckland and Wellington in a variety of public sector and community roles. This has included a number of roles with the Dept of Labour, (including 3 years as General Manager of the Community Employment Group (CEG)), with the Dept of Internal Affairs, the Office for the Community and Voluntary Sector and with the Families Commission.

A constant theme has been a recognition of the critical importance of community development and working to improve the connection between community and government systems. Charlie is currently Executive Office for Community Waitakere a community development / environmental organisation working in West Auckland.

He is currently well settled in Titirangi with children and grandchildren close by.

Sandy Thompson

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Sandy is based in Auckland where she is a senior lecturer on Unitec’s Graduate Diploma in Not for Profit Management. Sandy is involved in developing and delivering Not for Profit Leadership programmes in both New Zealand and the Pacific and is part of a consortium of consultants who support leadership and organisation development in the sector.

Sandy is the Chairperson of ChildAlert ECPAT NZ, an organisation that seeks to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children. She is also the Pacific representative on the ECPAT International board. Sandy’s Pacific experience has led her to being an Ako Aotearoa trainer delivering workshops on effective teaching in tertiary institutions around NZ.

Dorte Wray


Dorte is based on Waiheke Island and is the Executive Officer of the Community Recycling Network Aotearoa which supports community organisations working on waste and resource issues. She has developed a strong respect for the role of networking organisations and peak bodies whilst in this position and believes that more can be achieved by working together than separately.

Dorte has a graduate diploma in Not-for-Profit Management and has worked in a variety of roles within the community sector including the peace education, health and disability and environment sectors. A key interest is the intersect between social, environmental and economic outcomes and the value that can be realised within communities when these things are considered as interdependent.

Iris Pahau

Ka titiro ake au ki ngā onepū o Te Aupouri
Me ōna awa, me ōna maunga kōrero
Ka huri ake au ki Taranaki maunga, ka mīharo ake
Ka tangi ake, ki a rātou
Ka tōmuri ake te titiro ki te Wanui-a-rua ki Taumarunui me ōna kōrero hoki

Iris & her husband, Wereta are Directors of AWE Consultants Limited and advocate for this nation to work within the spirit of Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi where our ancestors, both Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti sought to establish a true partnership where our dreams and aspirations become a reality.

The governance model that depicts the true partnership in practice is Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi Governance Relationship model which Hui E is committed.

Kia tutuki ai nga wawata i tumanakotia

Sarah Doherty

Sarah Doherty is a capacity builder and coach, supporting community organisations to activate their mission and play to their strengths. She brings more than 30 years’ experience volunteering and working in the community sector to deliver practical solutions.

Sarah has worked in grass roots community organisations; developed and chaired region-based entities and worked with local and central government. While at DIA Charities Services, Sarah led the capacity building for the introduction of the new financial reporting standards to registered charities.

Sarah’s governance experience and expertise has been learnt ‘on the job’ and is based in real-world practical application. She has real skill in nurturing thoughts and ideas, and encourages people to ask more and better questions, leading to clear and workable solutions.