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Our values:

Aroha, Hope & Integrity

Our purpose & kaupapa: To support Tairāwhiti whānau whānui out of hardship

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. We provide the Tairāwhiti community with kai parcels, budgeting advice, life skills and cooking workshops, and social work.

We are a branch of the SuperGrans Aotearoa National Association.

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Heron Tangohau

Community Connector

Heron has a background in health prevention and for the last 3 years she has 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.

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Rosie Allan

Navigator

Rosie was born in Gisborne & has spent much of her life in Hawkes Bay & Wellington. Rosie has a background in education & has later worked as a navigator for Manaaki Tairawhiti. 

Rosie is the latest member of our team & is loving working with all of the kaimahi at Supergrans Tairawhiti Trust providing support to our community. 

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Bronwyn Ngatai-Hawtin

Operations Coordinator

Bronwyn is a Te Araroa local & has spent equal parts of her life between Te Tairawhiti & Tamaki makaurau. She is new to the social services sector, However is loving this environment & finds providing awhi & manaakitanga to our community a very fulfilling journey.

The SuperGrans Board of Trustees

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Our Trustee Members include; Molly Pardoe (Chair Person), Tricia Byrne, Sam Witters, Te Aorangi Harrington, Mere Pohatu and Crystal Stankovich-Te Ua (Treasurer)

Meet The Team

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Sarah Elliott 

General Manager

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

With over fifteen years of experience in human rights, community work, and social work, She brings a wealth of knowledge & qualifications. 

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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.

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Beck Jacobs

Office Manager

As Office Manager, Beck brings a background of administration,  finance and community work.

Passionate about helping whānau and is interested in sustainable living. Beck loves to work for such a great organisation and enjoys supporting the amazing SuperGrans team in the awesome mahi that they do.

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Tami Gooch

Social Worker

Tami comes with a background of 5 years social work experience. Prior to social work, she worked as a chef for 10 years. She has a passion for community projects and has been involved with numerous community initiatives, including beach clean ups, fight for life and “Handbags of Joy’. She comes with a range of life skills, a can-do attitude, and a passion for making a difference. She works from a strength-based practice weaved with Te Whare Tapa Whā

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Sara Lamont

Foodbank Manager

Sara is Gisborne born and bred and loves to call this place home. She is a super mum and puts everyone else first.

Sara brings passion and enthusiasm to SuperGrans and she loves to be able to give back to the community.

We love having Sara on the team!

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Rachel Louie

Foodbank Assistant

Rachel is a local mama of two who was born & raised in Te Tairāwhiti. She has a passion for assisting the community and isn't afraid of hard work. Rachel works alongside our Foodbank Manager Sara to ensure we have fully stocked, nutritious kai parcels available for our community every day. 

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