Rochelle Stewart-Allen
Pou Kaiārahi (General Manager)

Rochelle Stewart-Allen is a senior leader with over 10 years’ executive management and leadership experience in the community, government, NGO and corporate environments. Over the course of her career, Rochelle has demonstrated a passion for philanthropy while playing a pivotal role in building, supporting and driving community initiatives as a member of various government, public and private organisations. In these roles, Rochelle has showcased her commitment towards honouring the core values and principles of New Zealand Aotearoa’s cultural diversity, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and everything that encompasses the New Zealand spirit.

Ronja Ievers
Kaiwhakahaere Kaupapa (Project Manager)

Twelve years in the not-for-profit and public sector has given Ronja a rich experience in project management, community sector leadership, organisational management, as well as solid analytical and research capabilities. She has been part of the Hui E! whānau as the External Relations Coordinator, Relations Manager and now Project Manager since 2017. She holds a first class honours in International Business Management.

Vailoa Milo-Harris
Kaitohutohu Whakapakari Hapori (Community Resilience Adviser)

Vailoa brings a wealth of experience with 20-plus years of work in government, philanthropy, not-for-profit and the private sector. She has held operational management, governance and community development roles and contributed to policy change and strategies that impact positively on Maori, Pacific and marginalised communities. She is the Managing Director of LISMARC Enterprises, a boutique consultancy service involved in business administration and organisational development. Some of her recent work includes facilitating governance and management training, mentoring, grant funding submissions and project management. Vailoa understands the mechanics of the community and voluntary sector. With her experience, she will drive community initiatives to assist organisations significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, mobilise resources and support to build resilience and capability. Vailoa lives in Auckland, enjoys a range of events the big city offers and is well connected in the region.

Tessa Johnstone
Kaitohutohu Whakawhiti Kōrero, Pāpāho hoki (Communications & Media Advisor)

Tessa has worked in media and communications since 2002, occasionally side-tracked by other interesting things.Highlights have included writing for and editing youth magazine Tearaway, working adventures in the Solomon Islands and the UK, reporting for the Wairarapa Times-Age and The Dominion Post, and managing communications for Sustainability Trust. Tessa has a passion for environmental sustainability and equitable communities and loves using her skills for purpose. Tessa joined Hui E! in 2021, and when not working is usually chasing her two energetic daughters.

Pania Coote
Co-Chair, Tangata Whenua

A descendant of Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kauwhata and Ngāti Porou, Pania has been the Co-Chair of Hui E! Aotearoa since 2018. She is currently the Director of AwhiMai Consultancy, working in the area of Māori health and strategy. Pania was formerly the Executive Director Māori Health for the Southern District Health Board. She has over 20 years’ work experience at all levels of the health system. With a Masters in Social Work and Community Development from the Otago University, Pania is well-versed in best practices and addressing health inequities. Pania has extensive experience in management and governance positions with a strong interest in civil society and community research. She applies expert knowledge, life experience, and relentless energy to solving organisational issues as well as provides opportunities to bring communities together for collection action.

Sandy Thompson
Co-Chair, Tangata Tiriti

Sandy is one of the team at the LEAD Centre for Not for Profit Governance and Leadership. She has been working and volunteering in the Not for Profit Sector since she was a volunteer youth leader in Whangarei in the 1970’s. Prior to becoming part of LEAD, Sandy was one of the team delivering the Unitec Graduate Diploma in Not for Profit Management, a role she took on after her 10 years as the founding leader of the National Association for OSCAR. Sandy has the privilege of also working in the Pacific Islands, where she helps to build and deliver leadership development programmes for community leaders. Her current core voluntary include being Chairperson of ChildAlert an organisation that fights commercial sexual exploitation of children, and the Pacific representative on ECPAT International who do the same work at an international level.

Charlie Moore
Trustee/Treasurer

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.

Dorte Wray
Trustee

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
Trustee

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 is Director 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
Trustee

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.

Annette Papuni-McLellan
Trustee

Annette has had a varied professional career, Bank Manager, NZ Police, local government and the education sector. However Annette has always had a passion for assisting people and our communities in whatever capacity she is able to contribute. She is involved in a number of community organisations at both management and governance levels. Annette is a life member of the Maori Women's Welfare League, which has instilled in her the values and principles of always helping others to achieve their goals.    As a Justice of the Peace for over 10 years, this role is all about helping the community.  The vision for Annette is to empower people and communities in whatever capacity we can.  She believes if we all have the ability to help someone we should in whatever way we can. Collectively and collaboratively this can be a powerful tool to positive communities.

Tanya White
Trustee

He uri nō Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara, Te Uri o Hau, Te Roroa, Ngāti
Hineāmaru, me Ngāti Maniapoto.
Tutamoe ki Maunganui ngā maunga.
Kaihu te Awa.
Taita te marae.
Kia Mahara Koutou te Whare nui.
Tēnā tātou katoa.

Tanya’s long established involvement with community kaupapa is grounded in the ‘pā harakeke’, a community of practice. As a weaver, applications and interventions of raranga and tikanga pā harakeke guide her processes and interrelationships with whānau, community, and te taiao. She is a long time weaver of wahakura (safe sleeping woven vessels for new born babies), and an advocate for the wahakura safe sleeping kaupapa, which she knows to be a rongoaa intervention that weaves whānau together in whakapapa and wellbeing. Manaakitia te rito, caring for the rito, the new growth, the mokopuna, and future potential of the community is a tikanga of paramount importance to her. Hutia te rito o te harakeke, kei hea te komako e kō? Tanya has four mokopuna. Her current role is Kaitiaki Taiao at Te Whare Wānanga o Wairaka, where she also facilitates the Ngā Kaitiaki rōpu who are focussed on caring for the mauri of the whenua and community. For a number of years she has organised and led volunteer groups and Community Corrections Workforce in regular manaaki whenua activities. She currently serves on the executive for Te Arataki ki te Ao Marama Branch of the Māori Women’s Welfare League.

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