Staff and Kaumaatua


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


Tame Pokaia

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Dennis’ significant senior management experience puts him in good stead, as Trust Waikato’s Chief Executive

Chief Executive

Dennis Turton

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

Grants Advisor

Molly Allen

Jasmin manages the meeting room bookings and provides administrative support across the whole organisation.

Office Coordinator

Jasmin Aldworth

Natalie delivers the communications strategy including funding opportunities and impact stories.

Communications Manager

Natalie Jessup


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

Pouhere Puutea / Strategic Grants Advisor

Rongo Kirkwood


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

Grants Advisor

Tarita Templeton

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

Database and Information Manager

Nita McNeil

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

Finance and Investment Manager

Maggie Zhang CA

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

Business Services Manager

Melanie Blackmore

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