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Staff and Kaumaatua

Trust Waikato has twelve staff, all specialists in their area of accountability, working closely together as a team. 

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Tame Pokaia

Kaumaatua 

Tame is from Ngaati Mahuta and Ngaati Hikairo descent, and was born and raised

in Ngaaruawaahia.

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Dennis Turton

Chief Executive

Dennis’ significant senior management experience puts him in good stead, as

Trust Waikato’s Chief Executive.

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Jade Astill

Office Coordinator

Jade is the key point of contact for our community meeting rooms, and finance

and operations administration. 

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Jasmin Aldworth

Business Services Coordinator

Jasmin oversees the Trust property, health and safety, and supports the Trust Board. 

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Maggie Zhang CA

Finance and Investment Manager

Maggie looks after the Finance and Investment of the Trust, ensuring operational agility.

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Danielle Lorberbaum

Communications Manager

Danielle manages Trust communications and shares the wonderful community initiatives happening across the region.

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Melanie Blackmore

Business Manager (on maternity leave)

Mel manages the office of the Chief Executive, supports the Trust Board and assists with the development of effective policy.

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Rongo Kirkwood

Pouhere Puutea | Grants Manager

Rongo Kirkwood is of Ngaati Mahuta descent, and draws strength from her whaanau, hapuu and iwi.

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Tarita Templeton

Pou Aarahi | Community Engagement Advisor

Tarita joined the Trust Waikato team in 2010 and as of December 2016 she has been a Grants Advisor.

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Claire Rusk

Pou Aarahi | Community Engagement Advisor

Claire joined the team in November 2021.

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Nita McNeil

Pou Hono | Database and Information Manager

Nita's role involves managing the grants application process and providing helpdesk support to groups.

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Lilian Short

Pou Aawhina | Community Response Advisor

Lilian joined the Trust Waikato team in November 2021 and oversees all Community Response Grants under $20,000. 

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Molly Allen

Pou Aawhina | Community Response Advisor (on maternity leave)

Molly joined the Trust Waikato team in June 2017 and has loved the change to the not-for-profit sector.