Board of Trustees
Greg Fleming - (Founding & Executive Chair) CEO of The Parenting Place
Greg has more than 20 years of not for profit leadership experience and brings extensive cross-sector networks in the not for profit, business and government sectors. Greg qualified as a chartered accountant at Victoria University and initially worked in corporate accountancy and marketing in London. After returning to NZ, he joined The Parenting Place (then called 'Parenting with Confidence') as General Manager in 1997. In 2001, he co-founded Maxim Institute – an independent research and public policy think tank with a focus on education, justice and poverty, where he served as CEO for 12 years. Greg was founding trustee of the NZ Leadership Trust (which runs Aspiring Leaders) and the founding Chairman of the Compass Foundation in NZ and Australia. Most recently he was founder and CEO of the Venn Foundation which provides unique educational opportunities for young, emerging social innovators. Greg was honoured with a Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader Award in 2005.
Chris Clarke - CEO of World Vision
Chris was formerly CEO of the Hawke's Bay District Health Board (2003-2009) and has had a broad career in the New Zealand health sector as well as experience in health management and public policy in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and with the World Health Organisation in Europe. He has a Bachelor degree in Commerce and Law from Canterbury University (1986) and was an Inaugural Green Templeton Praxis Visiting Scholar, Oxford University, UK (2009 – 2015) and in the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme, Stimulus, Oxford University, UK (2008 – 2011).
Nick Tuitasi QSM - Pacific Community Leader
Nick Tuitasi served with the New Zealand Police for 25 years including 15 years specialising in Crime Prevention and working with at-risk families. Nick innovated the "Community Approach" programme that has been used as a blueprint by the NZ Police for projects around New Zealand ever since. He managed the Pacific Youth Development Strategy for the Ministry of Social Development in NZ, and continues to be a sort after public speaker by government and community organisations. His outstanding work in the community has been recognised through a number of accolades, including a Queen's Service Medal.
Devagie Charles - Special Needs Itinerant Teacher, Ministry of Education (Secretary)
Devagie has an Honours Degree in Leadership and Management, a degree in Teaching and a Diploma in Special Needs Education from South Africa. She now works as a Special Needs Itinerant Teacher for the Ministry of Education, equipping teachers and parents in mainstream schools with skills to support special needs students. She has a special interest in Te Whakaora equipping mothers to support child learning and development.
Tuhi Isaachsen - Director – Strategy, KPMG
Tuhi is an Auckland-based Director with KPMG Advisory. He leads the performance team's strategy offering and is focused on helping businesses make strategic decisions about growth, operational improvement and restructuring. Prior to this, he was General Manager of Development at Synergine – a values based multidisciplinary consultancy that supports the collaboration of industry, government and academia, building synergies to enhance the well-being of local communities, cities and countries. Tuhi holds an executive MBA from the University of Auckland and an honours degree in Industrial Engineering (B.Tech) from Massey University.
Noelene Raffills - retired Auckland City Councillor
Noelene served on the Auckland City Council from 2000 -2013, including roles as Chair of the Law and Order Committee, Chair of the Art Gallery Board, Chair of the Hearings Committee and as a member of the Working Party on the Auckland Unitary Plan. She has a BA from the University of Auckland, a Teaching Diploma from Auckland College of Education and has taught at primary and secondary levels locally and internationally. Noelene is a Justice of the Peace.
Cliffy Reddy - Director/Co-Founder
Cliffy, along with his wife Indranee, are the social innovators of Te Whakaora, designing and implementing Te Whakaora's programmes in South Auckland. They have a proven track record of building high-trust relationships with extremely marginalised communities and are deeply respected by other community organisations. Cliffy was born in South Africa where he spent 17 years in the South African police force, advancing to the position of Inspector and qualified S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons and Tactics) member. His training included suicide prevention, crime prevention, riot and crowd control. Cliffy studied criminal, statutory and common law, and the investigation of crime at TechniKon RSA. He has also studied word theology, counselling and is a certified Pastor. Cliffy and his wife Indranee have established a number of successful mission projects overseas. They emigrated to New Zealand with their two children in 2001, setting up a successful family restaurant before establishing Te Whakaora's social services.
Indranee Reddy - Director / Co-Founder
Indranee worked as an Accountant at the major corporate Unilever in South Africa before emigrating to New Zealand in 2001. After selling the family restaurant in Manurewa, she managed finances for SouthPark Corporation and Maxim Institute whilst simultaneously working exhaustively in her own time to establish Te Whakaora's foundational programmes. She has been instrumental in the design of Te Whakaora's unique approach and is sometimes described by others as the "Mother of South Auckland" for her selfless dedication to the empowerment of struggling whanau. Indranee has completed a one-year certificate course in counseling at Laidlaw College and a Supervision course at Unitec. Indranee and her husband Cliffy have two adult children, one of which who works for Te Whakaora.
Charlene Hepi - Whanau Coach
In 2015, Charlene graduated with a Certificate in Small Business Management from Te Wananga o Aotearoa (Level 4) and also has a National Certificate in Hospitality. She is the recipient of the Duke of Edinburgh Award from the Spirit of New Zealand – the world's leading achievement award for young people between the ages of 14 and 24. The Duke of Edinburgh Award aims to create a world where young people can reach their full potential whatever their circumstances. Charlene was raised in Manurewa, has three children and joined our team in late 2014. She is a graduate of Te Whakaora's programmes and brings a powerful personal story to her role as a Whanau Coach.
Shawn Reddy - General Manager
Shawn has a BSc in Anatomy and Structural Biology and a BA in Psychology from the University of Otago, and was awarded the StepUp Scholarship. Prior to joining Te Whakaora, Shawn held a management position at 4Seasons Home and Living, and served as a volunteer for a number of Non-profit organisations in Auckland and Dunedin. He has studied Te Reo Maori, Maori Culture and Society, and Ngāi Tahu tradition and was a delegate at the 2014 Aspiring Leaders Forum held in Parliament. In 2015 Shawn graduated from the seven month residential Venn Foundation internship programme, which aims to see people live well-examined and integrated lives, led by community and virtue. Shawn was born in South Africa and in 2001 emigrated to New Zealand with his parents – Te Whakaora's Founders, Cliffy and Indranee Reddy.
Ashleigh Tuck - Operations & Evaluations Coordinator
Ashleigh has a Bachelor of Science - Geography, from the University of Auckland, which included the study of Human Geography. In her previous role she was a Fibre Optic Network Designer for Downer (involved in delivering the largest fibre network ever built in New Zealand), which included project work in Canada. In 2013 Ashleigh graduated from the Maxim Institute Internship Programme (now run by Venn Foundation) where she worked as a Media, Communications and Research Intern for six months. She has served as a volunteer in New Zealand and Africa, and joined our team in April 2015, further developing our internal systems, fundraising, evaluation and programme analysis (the latter with support from the University of Canterbury). Ashleigh is now responsible for Coordinating the day-to-day Operations at Te Whakaora.
Andrew (Andge) Rahipere - Whanau Coach
Andrew has a background as a Horticulturalist, Refuse Operator and Parks Maintenance Worker. After a very troubled life, he took a 180 degree turn after graduating from Te Whakaora's programmes in 2013. Since then, Andrew has invested his talents in community service as a regular volunteer at local soup kitchens, Clendon community events, and Habitat for Humanity, and completed a Level 4 Certificate in Christian Ministry in 2013. He joined Te Whakaora's team in August 2015 and is particularly passionate about empowering fathers in their important role.
Tricia Stevenson - Grants Coordinator
Tricia has a background in production planning, system development, human resources, administration, staff training, and change management. She has worked for one of the largest global providers of engineering, architecture, and environmental services compiling succession-planning resources to the 'people team'. Tricia has completed undergraduate studies in economics and writing and has a passion for supporting at risk communities. In 2014, she visited some of the most poverty stricken communities in the Philippines with Tear Fund to learn about and act as an advocate for their work. More recently she served as a volunteer for Te Whakaora Tangata before joining the staff in February 2016. Tricia has served on the Elm Park School Board of Trustees since 2011.
Ngaire Munro - Whanau Coach
Ngaire Munro joined the team as a Whanau Coach in 2016. A Manurewa local, she previously worked for Te Awa Ora Trust, facilitating their "Talking Trash" programme, which promotes environmental sustainability, local solutions to waste, gardening composting and recycling. She is passionate about empowering whanau to take control of their own future, and to stick on the right path. Ngaire was a whanau support worker at the Manurewa marae when Te Whakaora launched there in 2010. "They achieved amazing things for our whanau" she said. That relationship opened the way Ngaire to join the Service Delivery Team at Te Whakaora. She has three adult children, and 8 grandchildren, and is also involved in promoting community health initiatives.
Margaret Williams - Finance Officer
Margaret comes to Te Whakaora after 17 years experience in the commercial world, and is skilled in all aspects of administration and accounts. Originally from Tauranga, she is a former Manurewa local. Margaret's coming to Te Whakaora is a realised life-long dream to work with an organisation that believes in, and restores vulnerable families. Passionate about reaching vulnerable people "one by one", Margaret brings a unique combination of heart and skill to our team as our Financial Officer, tracking donations and overseeing accounts and administration.
Elyse Savage-Siteine - Events Coordinator
Elyse has completed a two year 'Parents as First Teachers' programme in New Zealand – a parent education and support programme that helps parents understand how their infant develops and learns. She has also achieved a Playcentre Education Diploma, Level 2, developing knowledge and skills to help new parents raise and educate their children and is raising three children herself. Elyse brings a strong work ethic to her role as Events Coordinator, along with valuable analytical and problem-solving skills. Her role includes event management for our community programmes and initiatives , and administration. Elyse was born and raised in Manurewa, and is a graduate of Te Whakaora's programmes.
Blair Dale - Funding & Communications Manager
Blair has a Bachelor of Communication Studies from AUT, and over 15 years management experience within the not-for-profit sector. He has held leadership roles with a number of New Zealand charities supporting families at both a local and global level, including ChildFund, the Blind Foundation, and The Salvation Army. Throughout his career Blair has travelled extensively to parts of the developing world and seen the crippling effects poverty and injustice can have on children. Blair is deeply passionate about supporting vulnerable families, and in 2010 established Zoo Boogie Children's Trust - a not-for-profit children's entertainment ministry focussed on supporting families by helping to shape the character of young children. Blair is a strategic thinker who brings significant marketing, fundraising and communications management experience to his role at Te Whakaora. As a husband and Father, Blair is highly motivated to help realise Te Whakaora's vision of seeing intergenerational cycles of family dysfunction broken.
Len Moodley - Service Delivery Manager
Len joined the team with his wife Priscilla in March 2017 after emigrating from Pretoria, South Africa. He served in the South African Police Service for a period of 16 years, with roles in Crime and Prevention, Training and Development, and Risk Management. He then worked in the corporate sector in Insurance Investigations and Assessing for a period of 10 years, working with large corporates such as Outsurance, Auto and General, and Santam. His most recent role was Head of Supply Chain and Assessing for Standard Bank Insurance Services. Len also travelled to several countries in Africa on mission trips - empowering communities through training and development, and has served as a local church Elder and leader in Kwa Zulu Natal and Gauteng. As an experienced coach and mentor, he served on the Board of non-profit organisation Africa Hands of Love. Len graduated with an Honours Degree in Risk Management and Policing from the University of South Africa, and has a Diploma in Human resources from Technikon South Africa
Priscilla Moodley - Community & People Manager
Priscilla joined the team with her husband Len in March 2017 after emigrating from South Africa. She served in the public sector for a period of 26 years, including 16 years in the South African Police Service in Crime Prevention and Media/Communications roles. In consecutive years, Priscilla was twice awarded the honour of Police Woman of the Year. Her role in social crime prevention was to bridge the gap between the police and the community in addressing social factors that contributed to criminal activity, and developed valuable experience dealing with issues of substance abuse, dysfunctional families, sexual crimes, violence against women and children and other factors negatively affecting communities. For the last 10 years, Priscilla served as a Director at the department of National Treasury combatting fraud and corruption. She has travelled to several countries in Africa on mission trips and served her local church as an Elder and Leader. Along with her husband Len, she was responsible for setting up the non-profit organisation, Africa Hands of Love. Priscilla graduated with an Honours Degree Cum Laude in Risk Management and a National Diploma in Policing from the University of South Africa.
ADVISOR: Dr Myron Friesen – Senior Lecturer and Researcher, Child and Adolescent Development and Family Psychology, University of Canterbury
Myron brings significant insight and leadership experience to the issues related to early childhood development and family wellbeing. Upon completing a PhD in 2005 in Social Psychology, Myron worked for the Psychology Department at the University of Canterbury coordinating courses in child development, personality, family, and adult development. From 2007 through 2009 Myron worked as a postdoctural research fellow with Professor Lianne Woodward on a parenting and family life study funded by the Health Research Council in conjunction with the Christchurch Health and Development Study (CHDS). The CHDS is a 30 year longitudinal study of over 1200 people born in Christchurch and investigates critical child development issues concerned with early developmental risks, brain development, parenting and family functioning. Now a senior lecturer in the College of Education, Health & Human Development, Myron lectures across undergraduate and graduate courses on child and adolescent development, and together with his Masters and PhD students, pursues research on social development, parenting, family well-being, and positive youth development. Myron served as the Board of Trustees secretary for the Christchurch South City Youth trust from 2009 to 2014, and has been an advisor to the Te Whakaora Board since mid 2015.