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Our values:

Aroha, Hope & Integrity

Our purpose & kaupapa: Enabling whānau with the skills and knowledge to take greater control of their own futures

SuperGrans is a holistic wellbeing service that offers whānau a hand when they need it the most. We don’t judge the situation that people find themselves in, we help out with what whānau need and operate according to old fashioned whanaungatanga.


Our aim is to help in a way that supports people to help themselves and gain a greater level of control over their lives. To enable people to self-manage and make choices that result in them experiencing well health, improved self-esteem and ability to participate in family and community life. Sharing generational knowledge and skills with people in their communities through the concept of kaitiaki mentoring.

We provide the Tairāwhiti community with life skills, maara kai and cooking workshops, social work and social service navigation and connection, kai parcels and kai support, budgeting advice and strength-based practice to build self-esteem and confidence.

The SuperGrans Board of Trustees


Our Trustee Members include L-R;

Crystal Stankovich-Te Ua (Treasurer), Mere Pohatu, Molly Pardoe (Chair Person), Tricia Byrne, Te Aorangi Harrington, and Sam Witters (not pictured)

Meet The Team

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Sarah Elliott 

General Manager

Sarah is originally from North Auckland, but has called our stunning Tairāwhiti home for nine years. Her passion lies in effecting positive change within social services, focusing on community well-being, bicultural understanding, and innovation.

With over fifteen years of experience in human rights, community work, and social work, Sarah brings a wealth of knowledge and qualifications. Her extensive background enables her to contribute effectively to the community, fostering a more inclusive and supportive environment.


Erina Torrey

Field Coordinator

Erina has been our Field Coordinator for 11 years, she is truly a jack-of-all-trades. Her combination or resourcefulness and compassion has made her absolutely indispensable to the team, she has made so much of SuperGrans vision possible with her can-do attitude.

Erina has created our Tangata Hauora programme which focuses on teaching whānau how to live more sustainably from a practical and holistic approach. The bigger goal with the programme is once the skills have been taught, they can share those skills with their siblings, with their cousins and wider whānau.


Beck Jacobs

Office Manager

As the Office Manager, Beck brings a diverse background in administration, finance, and community work. Her experience equips her to make a significant impact within the organization.

Beck is passionate about helping whānau and has a keen interest in sustainable living. She takes great pride in working for such a remarkable organization and enjoys supporting the amazing SuperGrans team in the important mahi they do. Beck is dedicated to fostering a supportive and efficient work environment, ensuring the team can continue to provide exceptional services to the community.


Tami Gooch

Social Worker

Tami brings 5 years of social work experience and a decade-long career as a chef to our team. Her passion for community projects is evident through initiatives like beach clean-ups and "Handbags of Joy". Tami also runs multiple life courses focused on parenting. She works from a strength-based approach woven with Te Whare Tapa Whā, ensuring holistic and culturally responsive support for families. With her can-do attitude and commitment to making a difference, Tami is a valuable asset to our team.


Bronwyn Ngatai-Hawtin

Operations Coordinator

Bronwyn's life experiences in both Te Tairāwhiti and Tāmaki Makaurau have given her a unique perspective on the needs and challenges of different communities. Although she is relatively new to the social services sector, she has quickly adapted and developed a passion for the work. She is thriving in this environment and deeply enjoys the opportunity to offer support and care to those in need. Bronwyn finds great fulfillment in her role, as it allows her to give back to her community and make a meaningful difference in people's lives. Her dedication to providing awhi and manaakitanga is evident in her daily interactions and her ongoing commitment to learning and growing within the sector.


Rachel Louie

Foodbank Coordinator

Rachel is a local mama of two who was born and raised in Te Tairāwhiti. She has a deep passion for assisting the community and is not afraid of hard work. Rachel finds great joy in being able to provide nutritious kai parcels to our community every day, knowing that she is making a positive impact on the lives of those around her. Her dedication to supporting local families and individuals is unwavering, and she consistently goes above and beyond to ensure that everyone has access to healthy food options. Rachel's commitment to her community is truly inspiring.


Heron Tangohau

Community Connector

Heron has a background in health prevention and has previously worked as a change agent across Te Tairāwhiti and Opotiki communities. Her most recent project was leading the Te Mahinga Kai o Te Tairāwhiti initiative, which supports kai leaders in Te Tairāwhiti to increase local capacity for food security and sovereignty. Heron played a lead role in our Covid-19 response efforts, leveraging her expertise in health prevention. Following the devastation of Cyclone Gabrielle, she also spearheaded our flood victim response efforts, demonstrating her commitment to community well-being in times of crisis.


Rosie Allan


Rosie, born in Gisborne and with a significant portion of her life spent in Hawkes Bay and Wellington, brings a diverse background to our team. With a foundation in education and experience as a navigator for Manaaki Tairawhiti, Rosie is deeply attuned to the needs of our community. Known for her ability to respond to whanau voice and go above and beyond for her clients, Rosie is a valuable addition to our team. She joins Supergrans Tairawhiti Trust with enthusiasm, relishing the opportunity to work alongside all the kaimahi and provide unwavering support to our community.

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Kayla Kereopa


Kayla is our friendly and dedicated receptionist, bringing warmth and efficiency to our team for almost two years. As a mother of two young children, she understands the importance of balancing work and family, and her nurturing nature extends to everyone who walks through our doors. Kayla’s welcoming presence and organisational skills ensure that our office runs smoothly, making her an invaluable part of our community-focused organization.

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