WERA Aotearoa Charitable Trust was birthed in 2008 from a need to provide community development services that are effective and relative to all NZ communities.
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 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 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.
We are driven by our vision: '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 Region
- Training courses for Youth in career pathways
- Youth Worker Training for the Central North Island
- Tikanga Maori Motivational programmes held on marae
- Specialist Maori Cultural Assessments
- Re-integration Services
- Emergency Housing Support
- Property Management Services
- Employment and Training Placement Services
- Whanau Navigation and Truancy Reduction Services
Jonathon Hagger - Chairperson
Jonathon has a MBA from the University of Waikato.
Jonathon has 16 years' experience working in management, tertiary education and the health care sector. Jonathon is the Chief Executive for Rotorua Community Hospice Trust and has been in this role since October 2019. He has experience in not for profit governance through sitting on boards that awhi whanau and vulnerable peoples.
Donnarae Raukawa-Doughty - Trustee
Donnarae has an MBA, Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies and a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies.
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.
Jeanna Love - Trustee
Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāi Tūhoe & Ngāti Kahungunu
Jeanna has a BMS and Postgraduate Diploma in Finance
Jeanna is the commercial manager for Poutama Trust managing the trusts finances and investments as well as delivering advice to Māori businesses nationally. For the last 20 years Jeanna and her husband Jim Love ran the NZ Sports Academy using sports as the vehicle to educate rangatahi. She is also a board member of Manaaki Ora Trust, which governs Te Utuhina Manaakitanga Trust and Tipu Ora Trust. Bay of Plenty committee member for NZ Community Trust, Management committee member of Regional Business Partnership BOP and recently appointed as an observer to Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust.