Our team

We are a bunch of passionate individuals, driven by a shared vision. At both governance and operational levels, our team brings extensive networks, valuable experience, fresh thinking on social challenges and a long term commitment to sector innovation.


Board of Trustees

  • Greg Fleming - (Deputy Chair) CEO of The Parenting Place

    Greg co-founded Maxim Institute in 2001– a public policy think tank focusing on education, justice and poverty, and subsequently founded Venn Foundation which provides unique educational opportunities for young social innovators. He received a Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader Award in 2005.

  • Chris Clarke - (Executive Chair)

    Chris was formerly CEO of World Vision, as well as 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.

  • Devagie Charles - Deputy Principal, Ministry of Education (Secretary)

    Devagie has an Honours Degree in Educational Leadership and Management, a Teaching Degree, and a Post Grad in Special Educational Needs. She is the Deputy Principal of Sommerville School - the largest Special School in New Zealand.

  • 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 member of the Working Party on the Auckland Unitary Plan. She has also taught at primary and secondary levels.

Our Staff

  • Cliffy Reddy - 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 spent 17 years in the South African police, 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. Cliffy is now also on the Board of the Manurewa Marae.

  • Indranee Reddy - Co-Founder

    Indranee worked as an Accountant at 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. Indranee has completed a certificate course in counseling at Laidlaw College and a Supervision course at Unitec. Indranee and her husband Cliffy have two adult children, who both work for Te Whakaora.

  • Shawn Reddy - CEO

    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.

  • Ngaire Munro - Whānau Coach

    A Manurewa local, Ngaire previously worked for Te Awa Ora Trust, facilitating their "Talking Trash" programme, is involved in promoting community health initiatives, and was a whanau support worker at the Manurewa marae when Te Whakaora launched there in 2010.

  • Len Moodley - Service Delivery Manager

    Len joined the team with his wife Priscilla in March 2017 after emigrating from Pretoria, South Africa. He graduated with a degree in Risk Management, Policing and Law at the University of South Africa. He served in the Govt. Sector for 16 years and moved to corporate for 10 years. His last role involved being the head of the supply chain and investigations department. Len travelled Africa on several community mission trips - empowering communities through training and development. He has also served in the capacity as a leader for his local church. As an experienced coach and mentor, he served on the Board of non-profit organisation Africa Hands of Love and Eagles cove.

  • 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 26 years. Priscilla was awarded twice the honor of Police Woman of the Year, working to bridge the gap between police and the community in addressing social factors that contributed to criminal activity, including issues of substance abuse and dysfunctional families. She graduated cum laude with a degree in Security Risk Management at the University of South Africa and held the position of Director of Enterprise Risk Management for the Government Treasury of South Africa in her last role. She has travelled around Africa on several mission trips and served her local church as an Elder and Leader. Along with her husband Len, she set up the non-profit organisation, Africa Hands of Love where she is the Vice Chairwoman.

  • Jenilee Pearce (Reddy) - Community Partnerships Manager

    Jenilee has a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Otago, and a Bachelor of Business in Marketing from Auckland University of Technology. Prior to joining Te Whakaora, Jeni worked for Auckland Transport, and also led a digital team for an advertising firm. Jeni was born in South Africa and in 2001, emigrated to New Zealand with her parents – Te Whakaora's Founders, Cliffy and Indranee Reddy. She is involved with youth mentoring and leads fundraising and other partnerships at Te Whakaora.

  • Lisa Snary - Whanau Coach Coordinator

    Lisa has more than 30 years national and international experience working with families in crisis, including foster care, prison ministry, family support and pastoral care with the Elim Churches of NZ. For twenty years, Lisa lived internationally and worked cross-culturally in countries facing instability due to extreme poverty, natural disasters, political upheaval or armed conflict; living and working alongside extremely poor and vulnerable families. Now resident in Manurewa, Lisa's passion for people continues to motivate her to reach out into the community to walk alongside those struggling in crisis.

  • John Horan - Far North Service Delivery Manager

    John grew up in the Far North and loves the area and its people. He completed a local printing apprenticeship after high school, and continued that occupation while abroad and upon returning to New Zealand. He has over 15 years of experience working with high-risk whanau, teaching necessary life skills and supporting whanau to thrive and succeed. His experience includes roles working with youth and children, running a men's group and a local CAP course, as well as tutoring and teaching alternative education. John has a Bachelor of Social Services from the University of Otago, graduating with Distinction, and brings a wealth of experience and local insight to Te Whakaora. John, along with his wife Jacey and their three kids, are deeply connected to their community and are excited to be a part of the Te Whakaora whanau working in the Far North.

  • Jacey Horan - Far North Service Delivery Coordinator

    Jacey has a strong background in administration and events coordination through her work in the UK, Australia, Whangarei and Kaitaia. She has also thrived in community work in the Far North, specifically working alongside teen girls, young mums and nurturing children. She is a creative person at heart, and is excited to bring this passion to her work in the Far North, along with her husband John and their three kids.

  • Shimal Ram - Executive Assistant

    Shimal has developed a breadth of experience through her customer service, business administration and supervisory roles in industries ranging from manufacturing to entertainment. Having grown up in South Auckland after emigrating from Fiji at the age of 12, she has a deep connection with the local community. Alongside her passionate involvement in ALPHA New Zealand, Shimal is a proud mother to an amazing daughter, and a lover of dogs and nature.

  • Rose Pouvalu - Services Delivery Coordinator

    Rose has worked heavily in the community for a number of years, focussing on parental education, empowerment of low income families, and educating and encouraging children through school engagement initiatives. A Board of Trustees member at Kelvin Road Primary School in Papakura, she is also a Children's Ministry Leader at her local church, and a loving mother. Rose is a welcome addition to the team, through both the experience she brings and her community focussed mindset.

  • James Raea - Marketing and Evaluations Assistant

    James is the proud Co-founder of 'treth', a sports fashion label established alongside his brother in honour of their late father, and their Christian faith. Since joining the team, he has translated his business passion into promoting Te Whakaora's community impact, bringing both his business acumen and his heart for people to the Marketing and Evaluations department. Outside of the workplace, James is an avid sportsman, with a career highlight of playing sevens for the Cook Islands at the 2014 Commonwealth games.

  • Vanessa Blaauw - Office Coordinator

    Vanessa has a background in preschool teaching and administration. This has led to a variety of roles throughout her career, from starting pre-schools in South Africa, where she was born, to working in hospitality, the travel industry and later the manufacturing industry in New Zealand, where she has lived for the past 15 years. She is a wife and mother to four wonderful children with a keen interest in up-cycling and restoring furniture.

  • Monya Joynt - Finance Coordinator

    Monya's career in finance has developed through her accounts and office administration roles in the finance, property, and education industries, with her most recent role as the accounts and payroll administrator at Elim Christian College. A proud mother of two, Monya is an avid baker who loves to serve both in her church and in the community.

  • Tina Bibb-Kirtlan - Whānau Coach - Far North

    Tina is a Kaitaia local, who loves the Far North's laid back lifestyle. Tina has a background in finance and administration with a flare for business, having run several with her husband Michael for more than 30 years. She is passionate about the local church, using her entrepreneurship skills to relaunch a community project equipping and mentoring vulnerable young mothers and their whānau. Tina has worked at Kaitaia Abundant Life School, has three grown children, and loves to volunteer in the community.

  • Alex Snary - Service Delivery Manager

    Alex has over 20 years' experience in community development both national and international. He has led teams implementing community initiatives from small rural poverty relief to major international disaster or conflict-related humanitarian efforts. He has experience at both the grassroots community level, and at the national government policy level. Alex has been the Country Director and a Board Member for two of World Vision's international offices, a General Manager at World Vision's local NZ office and served the South Auckland community as a pastor at the Elim Christian Centre Manurewa. Alex has joined his wife Lisa Snary to facilitate Te Whakaora's programmes in South Auckland.

  • Julia Chong-Nee - Service Delivery Coordinator

    Julia has over 15 years' experience working in Project Coordination within the public and private sectors. She is passionate about seeing success and hope being built in people and is gifted in hospitality. In her spare time, Julia enjoys teaming with her husband to organise community and church projects - primarily working with youth - to bring people together, particularly around sport.

  • Simone Graham - Grants Manager

    Simone has a background in youth work, and for the last five years, has been working in grants funding and communications for a number of charitable organisations before joining the Te Whakaora team. A sole parent to three teenagers and two rescue dogs, Simone is passionate about encouraging and empowering people who are struggling, through her writing.

  • Tekura (TK) Leota - Whanau Coach

    Tekura brings her love of people and her passion for helping others to her role as Whānau Coach. After years of experience working in the community, with trusts and corporate clients, and as an entrepreneur with her own clothing brand - TK is widely loved and respected for the quality of care she brings to our whānau, including advising on topics such as parenting, relationships, and general life skills. She is currently completing a Diploma in Design and Manufacturing, and as a mum of two, has a particular affinity for young people.


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.

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