Te hira tangata ki Waikato, ki Raukawa ki Maniapoto, ki Hauraki


Meet our Trustees

Taki Turner - Kaumatua
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Ko Taupiri tē maunga
Ko Waikato tē awa
Ko Turangawaewae tē marae
Ko Ngāti Āmaru tē hapū
Ko Waikato Maniapoto tē iwi

Ratauhinga Turner - Kuia
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Ko Taupiri tē maunga
Ko Waikato tē awa
Ko Tauhei rāua ko Hukanui ngā marae
Ko Ngāti Wairere räua ko Ngāti Apakura ngā hapū
Ko Waikato tē iwi

We are excited about the skills and knowledge that Taki and Ratauhinga (Ratau) Turner bring to the organisation in their roles as kaumātua/cultural advisors.  Taki and Ratau travel up and down the motu supporting different kaupapa ranging from performing and creative arts, health, education, Kiingitanga, Womans Welfare League and the list goes on. Suffice to say they are both well known throughout the Tainui rohe and the motu. 

We at Community Waikato are developing our own capability and capacity to better understand and engage with Māori by building our knowledge around treaty, te reo, tikanga and Kiingitanga. Our kaumātua are walking alongside us to advise and support our organisation down this path of learning.

“Mehemea ka moemoeā ahau, ko ahau anake. Mehemea ka moemoeā tātou, ka taea e tātou. 
 If I dream, I dream alone. If we dream together, we shall achieve"

                                                                                                             na Te Puea Herangi

Lenadeen Simpson - Chairperson
Lenadeen resize-425-221 Ko Titirangi te maunga
Ko Turanganui te awa
Ko Ngāti Oneone raua ko Ngāti Konohi ngā hapū
Ko Te Aitanga a Hauiti te iwi
One of the things that attracted Lenadeen to Community Waikato was the vision statement "By thriving we mean our communities have a sense of holistic wellbeing."  She is particularly interested in Māori wellbeing and in time Community Waikato will be able to respond to Māori needs and measure progress or change in this area.
Another attraction was being able to serve her community in a governance capacity rather than through public service.  Lenadeen is pleased to say that the Community Waikato staff are very skilled and passionate about their communities they serve and it will be a very exciting and challenging time ahead for us all.
Koi te mata punenga, maiangi te mata pūihoiho!
Imagine the invisible | Explore the potential Defy the impossible
Alison Nation - Treasurer
Ali - Photo-562 Alison is Partner at PKF - Chartered Accountants and Auditors. She loves her work, and says that no day is ever the same. Clients not only need financial advice but sometimes they also need a sounding board for other things that are going on in their lives. In the role she is in, she is able to become their trusted advisor and form strong relationships with the clients.

Alison has been involved with the for-purpose sector for many years in various personal capacities from school PTA’s, sports club committees, Zonta and volunteering with NZ National Fieldays Society and board roles. She also has a number of clients in the sector. She says she has gained a lot of experience and knowledge from sitting around the Community Waikato board table from the various board members and met many amazing people from the community along the way.

Alison has worked in both the Commercial sector as well as Chartered Accounting practices. She has been a member of CAANZ – Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand for 30 years. She has a special interest in Trusts and the 'Not for Profit' sector.

Amanda Hema

Amanda is Director of The Stakeholder Agency, a company which specialises in helping Waikato organisations build fruitful relationships, proactively collaborate and recognise strategic alignment opportunities with stakeholders.

With a strong background in public sector management and community services, Amanda is passionate about regional development and believes local empowerment and growth flows from partnerships beyond territorial boundaries, as a result, she also sits on the Creative Waikato board supporting arts across the region.

Amanda lives in the South Waikato with her gorgeous boys and a very patient husband.

Kim Holt
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Ko Tararua te maunga
Ko Otaki te awa
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Ngati Raukawa te iwi
Ko Ngati Kapumanawawhiti te hapu
Ko Kim Holt toku ingoa

Kim is the General Manager of K'aute Pasifika Trust. She is inspired by healthy thriving communities. Kim trained as a registered nurse in Auckland, and worked at Auckland Critical Care Unit and in the Paediatric Oncology ward at Starship before moving to Hamilton in 1994, where she worked in various roles including District Nursing, Plunket Nursing and ten years in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, including three years as the Charge Clinical Nurse Leader . She then moved into management roles within the health sector including Oncology, Emergency Department, and Disability Support Link at Waikato DHB, before the wonderful opportunity to be part of a thriving Charitable Trust, K’aute Pasifika Trust, which has a mission of improving the health and wellbeing of Pacific People, arose in 2014.

K’aute Pasifika Trust is a Not for Profit organisation located in Hamilton and has been supported through the services Community Waikato provides, with training at both staff and board level, and through the Grants that Community Waikato manages. The purpose of Community Waikato fits well with the work K’aute Pasifika does, and Kim looks forward to a continued close working relationship to strengthen the capacity and capability of community organisations.


Reverend Ngira Simmonds
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Ko Wharepūhunga te Maunga
Ko Waikato te Awa
Ko Ngāti Huri te Hapū
Ko Raukawa te Iwi

Director of Mission & Education for the Māori Anglican Church based in the Tainui, Te Arawa and Mataatua regions (Te Manawa o Te Wheke)

Reverend Ngira Simonds is inspired by people giving their best to do good things. The late Anglican Bishop Sir Paul Reeves once said he saw his work as trying to “help good people do good things.” That whakaaro resonates with Ngira who often witnesses many people doing good things and it inspires him to give more, be kind and love justice. Ngira is hugely passionate about all things Waikato: the people, the communities, the iwi, the towns, the cities, the struggles and the joys. Waikato is his home; he has lived in many towns and throughout the region. 

Ngira accepted the offer to be a Trustee of Community Waikato because it’s a further example of “good people doing good things,” and to put it in his own words as simply as he can: "I want to help!"

Community Waikato has a lot to offer and he hopes his contribution can increase its capacity to do more for the people of the entire Waikato region.  

Peter Humphreys
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Peter is a qualified Social Worker and has recently completed his postgraduate qualification in Professional Supervision. For the past ten years, Peter has been the Manager of the Hamilton Christian Nightshelter Trust which has given him a good grounding in “coal face social work”. Peter manages two shelters, one that caters up to 27 males and one that caters for up to 9 females. The Trustee role on the Community Waikato Board appeals to him because of it’s emphasis on building partnerships and collaborating with other agencies to support them to succeed in their work.

Peter says, "We, in the Waikato, are very fortunate to have an umbrella organisation like Community Waikato and I will be doing my best to support the kaupapa".