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The WERA Aotearoa Charitable Trust Team


The following are the staff members of the Rotorua team;

Israel Hawkins - General Manager

Israel is of Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Tuwharetoa descent.

He has 25 years experience in community and family development which includes 10 years managing an open home for young men aged 15 - 18 years old.
He also has extensive experience in community development generated through enterprise and economic development with isolated and rural communities.

Israel has qualifications in Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori, Adult training and education and is an accredited DISC Model facilitator focussed on ideal behavioural preferences or staff and individuals.

If you would like to contact Israel, please call 0800 GO WERA or email israel@wact.org.nz

Teresa Hawkins - Operations Manager

Teresa is of Rongowhakaata and Ngati Porou descent.

She has 16 years community development experience with 14 years of case management experience with Work and Income.

Teresa is qualified in Adult Education and Training, Public Sector, Hauora Maori and Child Protection Studies plus she is an accredited DISC Model Facilitator. Teresa specialises in development of Quality Management systems and has previously been engaged to develop and implement policies and procedures for the trust that ensures a high level of administrative and financial processes are maintained. If you would like to contact Teresa, please contact our office on 0800 GOWERA or email her at teresa@wact.org.nz.


Rachael Payne - Finance / Administration

Rachael is of Ngati Rangiwewehi and Ngati Maniapoto descent.

Rachael brings to her role eight years of telecommunications and account management experience working for Spark Business. She also brings eight years of experience working in the hospitality industry at Fat Dog Cafe and Bar. With her combined work history Rachael brings strong organisation, communication and people skills to her role.

Rachael's most important values are family, her culture, and Aotearoa. She intends to implement these values into her role whilst working for Wera.

Rachael's role is to provide the administration support for our three sites, Rotorua, Whakatane and Tokoroa. She ensures all finances and administration processes are in line with the growth of the trust. If you would like to contact Rachael please contact our office on 0800GOWERA or email her at rachael@wact.org.nz


Hayley Richards - Co-ordinator Youth Worker Training / Administration

Rotorua Image Gallery

Take a look inside the Rotorua WERA Hub. You'll be able to see our WACT staff members doing what they do best and passing on their knowledge.

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