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

  • 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.

  • Amanda Salmon - Pastor

    Amanda is currently studying towards a Master of Arts focusing on Christian Spirituality. She is an Ordained Minister with 15 years of pastoral ministry experience, 11 of those as Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Christian Church Waiuku (2008-2019). Amanda has served on local community boards, including the Waiuku Foodbank (2010-2019). She is particularly interested in the wellbeing and soul care of leaders, having worked with women in leadership for the past 7 years

  • Geoff Harper - Senior Operation Administrator

    Geoff currently works at MAXIM in an operations role. He was previously employed by Christians Against Poverty for five years, in various roles including Strategic Advisor and Client Services Director. Prior to Geoff's not-for-profit experiences, he had an extended career with Nestlé in production and supply chain management both in NZ and overseas. Whilst in the Nestlé NZ supply chain role, Geoff was an active member of the NZ Food Grocery Council, receiving a Lifetime Achiever award for his contribution. Geoff enjoys cycling, whether via the daily commute or off-road mountain biking. He also has a keen interest in faith-based reading.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 - Whānau 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.

  • Victor Milne - Operations Manager

    Victor has been in the Hospitality Industry for over 30 years, specializing in Operations, and has a genuine love for people. He has recently joined us, coming from Nando's NZ as the RGM. He is a committed Christian serving in his local church, The River Christian Church, since joining over eight years ago and has a heart for serving, and runs a connect group with his wife. Victor has been married to Heather for almost 20 years, they have two sons and are originally from South Africa. The family moved across from Australia back in 2007 and proudly call NZ home.

  • Margaret Williams - Community Support Worker

    Margaret brings her love of people and her passion for helping families into her role as a Community Support worker. Alongside a long career in business and financial administration, she has a strong background in local church mentoring for both groups and individuals. Margaret brings her skills and experience together in this role to develop and support whānau mentoring programmes that equip families to thrive. A true outdoor girl at heart, she enjoys travel, sports, and nature hikes with family and friends.

  • Virginia Connell - Whānau Coach

    Since retuning to New Zealand from Australia in 2012, Virginia has worked extensively in West Auckland communities. With her strong faith principles of loving and accepting people through manaakitanga, Virginia has facilitated parenting programmes, ran 'community budget' cooking classes, facilitated women's community empowerment events, and assisted in collaborating with other social services in helping vulnerable families practically, emotionally, and spiritually. With her strong credentials and experience, she is excited to serve and support our South Auckland whānau to finding long term restoration and transformational change.

  • Charmaine Faifai - Service Delivery Coordinator

    Born and raised in South Auckland, Charmaine is 12 years married, with two beautiful daughters. Besides her extensive experience at NZ Post in customer service, administration and coordination, she also helps to manage a small family business in automotive paint restoration. Since joining Te Whakaora, she has found a new passion for our community, and her 14 years at NZ Post have developed the crucial skills needed to coordinate the delivery of our services so our whānau can share their stories and find healing and restoration. She is excited to serve our community and see real change in their lives as she journey's alongside them.

  • James Raea - Marketing & Evaluations Coordinator

    Everything James does is driven by his Christian faith in how he seeks to serve God and pass on the love of Jesus to others. It was this faith, passed on by his late Father, that lead him and his brother to Co-found TRETH, a Christian-based sports fashion label. TRETH's mission is to "To.Receive.Eternity.Through.Him" and "be the answer" to world need, through God-inspired creativity, innovation and 50% of profits to charity. With a background in Marketing and Operations, James brings both his business acumen and his heart for people to the communications team. He is passionate about sharing the life-changing stories of our whānau so that many others can come to know about the work we do.


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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