Te Ātiawa, ko Ngāti Maniapoto ngā iwi
Ko Taylor Avarua Love, Ngawhakaheke Wetere ōku Mātua
Wiki joined the Taranaki Women’s Refuge Board of Trustees in August 2021.
Residing in Waitara Wiki brings a wealth of experience in governance roles including administrative and project management support for the Te Ātiawa Kaumātua Housing Trust, is a Trustee for Ngāti Rahiri Hapū and is an independent appointee working with Marae Trustees on the Owae Marae redevelopment project. Wiki is also a Justice of the Peace, a Marriage Celebrant and is a Life Member of the Māori Women’s Welfare League, Waitara Branch.
Wiki is happy to bring her governance experience and cultural perspective to the Board of TWR, supporting a team whose work she believes is vital in Taranaki.
Andrew is the newest Board member having joined in February 2021. A Chartered Accountant, Andrew has worked in finance for 20 plus years, the last 10 of those for Methanex.
After returning from 3 years in Canada, Andrew was seeking opportunities to be more involved in the community when Taranaki Women’s Refuge were looking for a Board member with a financial background. The opportunity to use his skills to help an organization that does so much amazing work for vulnerable woman in the community and with such a long history made for perfect timing.
Andrew is married with two children and can be found most Saturday mornings watching or coaching the kid’s soccer teams. He is also trying to play more golf, but so far his game is not improving that much!
Andrew is looking forward to learning more and being involved long term to help Taranaki Woman’s Refuge continue to do the amazing work they do.
Kathryn grew up in Taranaki and currently lives on a lifestyle block on the edge of Te Papakura o Taranaki with her family, 1 dog and 10 chickens. Her children attend Spotswood College and Moturoa Primary, and her husband is involved with Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ).
In her day job, Kathryn is an environmental planner, running a business comprised of planners, surveyors and environmental experts. Her considerable experience includes housing, residential tenancies, resource management, and health and safety. All of which support her role on our board.
Kathryns first began supporting Taranaki Women’s Refuge as a volunteer on our Crisis Line about 15 years ago. She wanted to help after a close friend of hers was affected by Domestic Violence and discovered how important Refuge was not just in the immediate crisis, but in getting her back on her feet and rebuilding her confidence. When the opportunity to join the board arose, Kathryn leapt at the chance. The board of TWR is a small way she can support the amazing work of the staff and management of TWR, and in turn, our wider community. Kathryn is immensely proud of what TWR achieves for our whanau.
Born in Ngāmotu, Sophie spent her younger years living in the Pacific Islands before returning to Taranaki for High School. She completed her degree in psychology and human resources at Canterbury University and her first role saw her working in Dubai, Qatar and Abu Dhabi with an Australian HR company.
Her career has seen her specialise in strategy, communications and people and change management across various industries, and most recently in Law as the CEO of Govett Quilliam. She holds several governance roles; on the Board of Business Central, Trustee of Toi Foundation, Trustee of Taranaki Women’s Refuge since 2018 and Chair of our Board since 2021. She is proud to work with community organisations that support women, children and families to lead happy, fulfilled and violence free lives.
Sophie and husband Michael have two children, Isabella and Theo and they lead an active life getting out in the ocean, in the bush, and supporting local community initiatives.
Born and raised in Stratford, Taranaki, Rhiannon now resides in New Plymouth and works as a lawyer in the Family Team at Govett Quilliam.
Prior to working in the legal sphere, Rhiannon worked as a lifeguard and swimming instructor while studying law, history and international relations at Victoria University of Wellington, before working as Operations Manager for the Arabic Digital Reform Institute. After university, Rhiannon worked for a boutique construction litigation firm in Auckland, before moving to the family law space at another local Taranaki law firm, joining Govett Quilliam in September 2019. Rhiannon has always prioritised giving back to her community and has volunteered for a number of organisations including Big Brothers Big Sisters NZ, Rotary Satellite Club of Stratford, UN Youth NZ, and Commonwealth Youth NZ.
Rhiannon’s daily work as a family lawyer includes helping those experiencing family violence, care of children issues, elder law matters, and relationship property disputes. Having experienced family violence as a survivor and as an advocate, Rhiannon wished to dedicate her passion and skills to help support those in need, and to prevent family violence.
Rhiannon is a proud dog mum to her husky, Aurora, who keeps her active and involved in the Taranaki community. Rhiannon is committed to contributing her efforts toward the remarkable work of Taranaki Women’s Refuge.
Tracy moved with her husband and young whanau to Taranaki 13 years ago to now call it home.
She took a career turn upon arrival as studied her Masters of Social Work extramurally at Massey University and has worked or volunteered in a variety of roles in the community sector. What started all this off was the huge challenge of becoming a parent, a different perspective and the lack of supports out there for life’s challenges.
She worked for several years with TuiOra, then moved over to a new start up at Te Puna Trust and onto Careerforce the Health & Wellbeing Industry Training Organisation. She is currently working for the newly created Workforce Development Council, Toitu te Waiora, representing the Social Services Sector for skills development.
Her two now grown children mean that she has more time on her hands to give back and hence it’s a passion and privilege to be on the board of TWR. She hopes that from her previous board experiences and her knowledge of the sector that she can make use of this at TWR.