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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.

The SuperGrans Board of Trustees

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Our Trustee Members include; Molly Pardoe (Chair Person), Dail Solvander (Secretary), Gwen Bush (Treasurer), Jane Smith, Linda Paulson, Michelle Lexmond, Jared Johnstone, Glenis Hiria Philip-Barbara.

Meet The Team


Linda Coulston

General Manager

Linda oversees and manages everything to do with SuperGrans services.

She has worked here for 9 years and creates a beautiful family atmosphere. She treats everybody that comes here as whānau! Linda is a "big picture" person and is making her mission to end food insecurity in our region a reality. She has put an amazing team together who share her passion for positive change. 


Tiffany Zyp

Office Manager

Tiffany is all about that admin! She runs a tight ship in the office and handles the finances, client and supplier support, social media and informal tech support guru!


She loves knowing that she can support the team with their amazing work and continue to help the Tairāwhiti community by raising awareness and gathering more support via the wonders of social media!


Ju Mokomoko

Social Worker

Ju graduated from Te Wananga o Aotearoa with a Bachelor of Bicultural Social Work.  SuperGrans is a natural fit for Ju who enjoys the practical support SuperGrans offers. 


Working with Ju reduces the complex to simple and is built on relationship and timing.  Ju’s approach is holistic, strengths-based and promotes whanau well-being which are all reflected in her programme – Nga Whanau Mauriora.   


Gypsy Maru


Gypsy is a qualified Chef and comes with 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry.  She is passionate about strengthening families and building self-reliance. Facilitating the connection between at risk whanau and nutritious kai is important to her as she firmly believes that access to healthy kai is a basic human right.


Erina Torrey

Field Coordinator

Erina has been our Field Coordinator for 7 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.


Jess Jacobs

Foodbank and Volunteer Manager

Jess has a passion for grassroots community development, working in local history research and being involved in numerous community projects has given Jess a good understanding of the present needs of the community, within a historical context. Jess enjoys hands on, practical involvement in assisting those who need it the most in our community and helping to shape a resilient future for all who reside in Turanganui-A-Kiwa.