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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), Tricia Byrne Jared Johnstone, Glenis Hiria Philip-Barbara.

Meet The Team

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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. 

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Tiffany Zyp

Admin 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!

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Sara Lamont

Foodbank & Volunteer 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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Gypsy Maru

Chef

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.

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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.

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Jess Jacobs

Operations 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.

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Thorne Thomson

Foodbank Assistant

Thorne is our resident "heavy lifter". He's always there to lend a hand and always with the most impeccable manners! Thorne hails from Kaitaia and is daddy to two gorgeous boys. Thorne is the SuperMan that SuperGrans has always been short of!

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Moy Toy

Second cook

Moy is our adorable Second Cook. Growing up on her family market garden in Matawhero, she learned the values of sustainability and generosity which she brings to SuperGrans in spades. She is our very own pocket rocket, always ready to put in the mahi and pump out delicious, healthy meals for our whanau. We think she is an absolute asset and her integrity, love and humility makes her a joy to be around!

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Heron Tangohau

Community Connector

Heron is the latest addition to our SuperGrans Tairāwhiti whānau. She 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.