WERA Aotearoa Charitable Trust was birthed in 2008 from a need to provide services that are effective and relative to all NZ communities. As a result, we as an organisation have developed and deliver services based on our own experiences, work and history within our own communities.
WERA Aotearoa Charitable Trust provides high level community development services with the purpose of growing and enhancing the skills, knowledge base and potential of those we serve. We demonstrate extensive knowledge and experience in assisting communities, families and individuals towards capability building strategies that are self sustaining, empowering and profitable.
The central foundation of the Trust is the financial, social and educational well being of individuals, their families and their communities. To achieve this we have developed services that have been recognised as innovative and pioneering gaining the attention of various communities and organisations nationally and internationally.
The drive of WERA Aotearoa Charitable Trust is simple ‘Communities are solid, strong and self supporting’
Since our inception in 2008, we now provide the following community development services:
• Youth Services for 16-18 year olds in the Tokoroa and Whakatane regions
• Youth Worker Training for the Central North Island
• Youth Training courses to develop employment skills
• Tikanga Maori Motivational programmes held on marae
• Specialist Maori Cultural Assessments
• Re-intergration services - transitional housing / employment and training placement for men and women released from prision
The future looks busy for WERA Aotearoa Charitable Trust and we consider it a privilege to work with whānau and communities celebrating their success and creating a strong future.
Our trust is made up of staff and management who have worked in whānau and community development at a local, regional and national levels giving us a mix of experiences, backgrounds and qualifications. This combination has transformed into innovative, unique services specific to Aotearoa.
The first of these services was the creation of ‘Career Assessment and Planning – The WERA way.’ Our experience in whānau and community development found that career assessment and planning with youth and whānau wasn’t being delivered as culturally approproaite as it needed to be. As a result, we developed our own indigenous version of career assessment and planning. This model gained popularity with youth and whānau within our communities and so our service began.
WERA Aotearoa Charitable Trust is goverend by a board of four trustees who provide the strategic and governance roles for the trust.
The trustees represent in their own right various sectors of the local community from Iwi Māori, legal, social, educational, mental health, economic and community development.
Donnarae has extensive HR experience having worked in the area for 20 years. Donnarae has worked at both strategic and operational levels and has held senior management HR positions in the Corporate, Tertiary Education and Not-for-Profit sectors.
While Donnarae’s knowledge extends to all facets of HR – Recruitment and Selection, Performance Reviews, Managing Non Performance, Disciplinary and Dismissal Procedures, Restructuring and Redundancy Processes, HR Policies and Practices, she specialises in Personal Grievances and Mediation. Her qualifications include an MBA , Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies and a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies.
Roku Mihinui was born and raised in the village of Whakarewarewa where contributing to the wellbeing of whanau and hapu in the Marae setting was the norm. This was both complimented and challenged by a unique and natural geothermal environment that demanded understanding and respect to co-exist harmoniously.
These experiences have provided a solid foundation for his personal and professional development in forestry, education, tourism, environmental development, social services, legal services, policy development and Treaty settlements. He is currently the CEO of the Te Arawa Lakes Trust responsible for managing the Te Arawa Lakes Treaty Settlement and sits on many bodies that variously reflect his background.
Now in three locations, WERA Aotearoa Charitable Trust is ever expanding.
Each member brings a unique set of skills and experiences.