Our people

Tātau Tātau

Staff

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Advice on growing your business, connecting you to the right people and the best places for a beer on the East Coast

Joe Williams

Business Growth Advisor

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Ryan Christison

Business Growth Advisor

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I can help with connecting Tairāwhiti Businesses to the best support and how to make yummy cakes.

Midge Te Kani

Regional Business Growth Manager

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Finding your place in Tairāwhiti, some things can’t be explained, only experienced

Holly Hatzilamprou

Interim Regional Tourism Manager

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I can help with connecting you to the best and brightest in Tairāwhiti, as well as all the 80’s Pro Wrestling talk you can handle

Kara Hull

Team Leader i-SITE

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Promoting all our wonderful tourism operators in Tairāwhiti Gisborne

Mary Mackey

Senior i-SITE Visitor Information Officer

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Ewan Sinclair

i-SITE Visitor Information Officer

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Sheryl Hall

i-SITE Visitor Information Officer

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Tanya Cust

i-SITE Visitor Information Officer

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Employability skills for youth, responding to business needs and giving great hugs

Karen Fenn

Workforce Advisor

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I can help with supporting our work force and can recommend a good place for a vino

Christie Drake

Workforce Advisor

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Conversations about how we make Te Tairāwhiti te pito o te ao!

Audine Grace-Kutia

General Manager Communities

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Supporting your Trust Tairāwhiti Funding Application journey and some great sporting activities in our region

Hana Edwardson

Community Development Advisor

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Employability skills for youth, responding to business needs and remembering 80s song lyrics

Gill Higgins

Licence to Work Coordinator

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Connecting the right people to our Tairāwhiti Economic Action Plan (TEAP), Workforce Development Plan and finding the best cosy spot in Gisborne for a glass of wine!

Sam Reckas

Regional Partnership Project Advisor

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Understanding our wellbeing framework, creating an impact profile and the art of listening

Erina Hurihanganui

General Manager Wellbeing and Impact

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Measuring what impacts the wellbeing of people in Tairāwhiti and the art of a good yarn

Malcolm Mersham

Data and Information Lead

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Supporting your business to grow the Tairāwhiti economy and where to get the best waves in Tairāwhiti

Richard Searle

General Manager Economic Development

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Supporting the growth of great events in Tairāwhiti, helping our region position itself to be great hosts

Lana Davy

Events Advisor

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Authentically marketing Tairāwhiti to the world and how to raise a spirited toddler

Mel Ma'afu Sinoti

Marketing Advisor

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Strategic communications, storytelling, and where to find the best vintage and op-shop treasures on the East Coast

Christine Boyce

Senior Advisor Communications and Media

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Connecting the Trust with our communities and where to find the best spots to paddle in Tairāwhiti

Matt Cairns

General Manager Communications

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Jared Johnstone

Economic Development Manager

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Wood processing, local industry connection and how to get home from wine tastings

Dr Mark Smith

Wood Processing Commercial Development Manager

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I can help with processes and systems at Trust Tairāwhiti, and how to make a Malaysian curry.

Kim Allan

General Manager Shared Services

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Phil McLeod

Chief Financial Officer

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Anything you need from our organisation and advice on how to run a long way

Gavin Murphy

Chief Executive Officer

Trust Tairāwhiti

Trustees

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John Clarke

Chairperson

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Dr Jill Chrisp

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Shannon Dowsing

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Lyall Evans

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Kristen Kohere-Soutar

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Wi Pere Mita

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Dr Warren Williams