Connectors will help activate Neighbours Aotearoa across the motu, spread awareness and work alongside communities to organise activities and events. They will be your go-to people for any advice, tips, or support!
Waiariki, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Ko Stu Herewini toku ingoa
Ko Waiariki taku waahi mahi
Ko Rotorua ki te kainga
Stu is committed to making sure Neighbours Aotearoa will always have a connector in Rotorua. His goal for 2023 is to increase the connector work force in the Waiariki area. Stu is involved in a few projects in and around the wider Rotorua community, allowing him to promote and discuss this Neighboring Aotearoa 'kaupapa'.
Stu says: “All these projects involve a collective of community stakeholders who assist me in co-designing the governing, managing and working models we have in place. The key point of difference is the 'matauranga maori' protocol and practices within these working models. Manaaki mai, manaaki atu, manaaki ora.”
Ahuriri/Napier, Hawke's Bay
Curious, Creative, Coach.
Rachel has been helping people to develop and grow for over twenty-five years and is now a Leadership, Mindfulness and Emotional Resilience Coach. She is into the energy of mountain biking and playing with her dog Luna. She loves swimming and relaxing in the hot pools, and relishes in the creativity of cooking from garden-to-table. Within the community you will find her supporting regeneration of nature and beach clean up projects.
Rachel is a Neighbours Aotearoa Connector based in Ahuriri/Napier.
Whangārei and Kaipara
Navigator, networker and facilitator.
Kristi is excited about creating opportunities to help neighbours connect with each other in Kaipara and Whangārei.
She is passionate about our people, our community, gardening, the environment, community development, community enhancement, community empowerment, healthy eating, lifestyles and relationships.
Kristi is excited about creating opportunities to help neighbours connect with each other in Kaipara and Whangārei. It is time to activate and/or reactivate to grow, connect and strengthen our networks and neighbourhoods.
Kristi is our Neighbours Aotearoa Connector for Kaipara and Whangārei.
Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland
World traveler, linguist, creative cook, and tree hugger.
Melissa is a Canadian New Zealander. She calls West Auckland home. Melissa loves making friends wherever she goes. Her goal is to use her love of languages and cultures to help the people and the planet. Melissa is fluent in Spanish and French, she can communicate in Mandarin Chinese, and she can survive in NZSL. She's currently studying Te Reo Māori. Helping neighbours and communities connect is something Melissa is very passionate about.
He aroha whakatō, he aroha puta mai. (If love is sown, love is received.)
Melissa is our Neighbours Aotearoa Connector for West Auckland.
Te Moana-a-Toi, Bay of Plenty
Initiator, repurposer, beach walker and lover of sunshine.
Chris has been involved in the community sector since the eighties, firstly in Australia and then in the Bay of Plenty. Chris has a passion for sustainable housing and was involved in the community housing sector for nearly 20 years. Over the last few years, Chris has been the Coordinator for COLAB Te Puke. COLAB is a community led collective comprising individuals and organisations collaborating to achieve a thriving sustainable community. COLAB’s current focus is youth development, building community cohesion and resilience and kai sovereignty.
Chris is a Neighbours Aotearoa Connector for the Te Puke Maketu ward (Western Bay of Plenty).
Networker, communicator and bold go-get-this-party-started human.
Sacha is originally from Amsterdam, but made Aotearoa home over 20 years ago. She lives with two wonderful teenagers in Berhampore, Te-Whanganui-a-Tara. Sacha is a celebrant, a death walker and she has been working in events, marketing and PR for over 25 years. She has a passion for art, music and community development projects. Her pride and joy is the community library out their front door and the pātaka kai out their back gate.
Sacha is a Neighbours Aotearoa Lead Connector based in Te-Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington.
Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland
Creator, meditator, nature-lover.
Lucette has been involved in the arts and community sectors for over twenty years, with a particular interest in community-led projects addressing climate change, waste reduction and environmental issues. She’s right into empowering, grass-roots, creative stuff.
Lucette is a Neighbours Aotearoa Lead Connector based in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland.
Spanning from Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland to Ōtepoti, Dunedin, we’re a tight-knit and passionate team committed to community development and social justice in Aotearoa. We aim to bring the Neighbours Aotearoa kaupapa to life, working with everyday people to activate their knowledge and skills to better know their neighbour.
The Neighbours Aotearoa kaupapa is led by experienced Community Developer Cissy Rock since 2018. Cissy has been working alongside community for over 15 years in various roles with local government and community organisations.
Creative thinker, doer, prolific list maker. Harriet is the project manager behind Neighbours Aotearoa - she makes sure everything happens when it should! Harriet has extensive experience working in the non-profit sector in marketing, fundraising, and event roles.
Regular walker, daily reader, thoughtful approach. Duncan specialises in organisational development and advises on fundraising, budgeting, technology solutions and planning for Neighbours Aotearoa.