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The WERA Aotearoa Charitable Trust Team


The following are the staff members of our Rotorua team

Israel Hawkins 2018

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 2018

Teresa Hawkins - Operations Manager

Teresa is of Ruapani and Ngapuhi descent.

She is the proud mother of 3 boys, several nieces and nephews who have inspired her to be the mother and aunty she is today.

She has 20 years community development experience with 14 years of case management experience with Work and Income.

Teresa currently sits on two local, two regional and one national board in the governance areas of children, youth and community development.

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 call 0800 GO WERA or email teresa@wact.org.nz

Rachael Payne 2018

Rachael Payne - Finance and Administration

Rachael is of Ngati Rangiwewehi and Ngati Maniapoto descent.

Rachael is an AAT qualified bookkeeper and brings to her role eight years of telecommunications and account management experience working for Spark Business. She also brings years of experience working in the hospitality industry at Fat Dog Cafe and Bar.

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 financial and administration support for our four sites: Rotorua, Whakatane, Tokoroa and Kawerau. She ensures all finances and administration processes are in line with the growth of the trust.

If you would like to contact Rachael please call 0800 GO WERA or email rachael@wact.org.nz

Hayley Richards 2018

Hayley Richards - Youth Worker Training and Collectives Administrator

Hayley is of Ngati Whakaue, Ngapuhi and Ngati Ruapani descent.

Having completed 3 of 4 years of her University degree in Business Management she brings to her role a fresh understanding of studying and training to our Youth Worker Training service.

Since returning to Wera in April 2018 she has completed studies to become a verified assessor of the New Zealand Certificate in Youth Work Level 3 with the goal to extend her scope to the Level 4 certificate.

In 2016 Hayley gained her New Zealand Certificate in Youth Work Level 3 through Wera and in 2018 is now studying to gain the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) Community Facilitation strand specialising in Youth Work Level 4.

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

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