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Huia Hanlen. Tapuika

Kaihautu / Chief Executive

Huia has had almost 30 years’ experience in the tertiary education sector, beginning as an educator and ending in executive roles. Huia’s commitment to education is driven from the impact that knowledge and skill development can have on an individual and their whanau, hapu and iwi.

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Casey Plunket

Chair

Casey advises Government on mostly business and international tax matters, and represents New Zealand at the OECD. He is the Chair of the New Zealand branch of the International Fiscal Association, and is also involved in tax education. He became a Brainwave trustee in 2008 and was appointed chair in 2015.

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Anthea Springford

Treasurer

Since leaving investment banking, Anthea has worked mostly pro bono for a range of not-for-profits and advisory groups in New Zealand and Hong Kong. She brings a strong background of financial and organisational experience to her role as Brainwave’s Trustee and Treasurer.

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Dr Simon Rowley

Trustee

Simon is a consultant neonatal paediatrician at Starship hospital and until recently worked in private practice for over 30 years. Simon’s concern for the health and well-being of children and his interest in infant brain development has led him to being a presenter and trustee for the Brainwave Trust. His clinical experience, depth of medical knowledge and relaxed, friendly manner has made him a popular speaker in medically orientated groups as well as at conferences, seminars and talks to parents, caregivers and teachers. Simon is married to Ann, an early childhood educator and is the father of four adult children and two grandchildren – so far.

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Judy Bailey, ONZM

Trustee

Judy is a writer and broadcaster, but most well-known for her past role as a television news reader. Judy has also for many years been actively involved in voluntary charity work including: Patron of North Shore Hospice, Patron of the Friends of Women’s Refuge, Patron of the National Collective of Women’s Refuges, Patron of the Skylight Trust - an organisation that helps children and adults who are affected by trauma, loss and grief, Patron of The Grief Centre - a national organisation dealing with grief and loss and Patron of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of New Zealand. She dedicates much of her time, and skills in journalism and fundraising to Brainwave Trust as a Trustee, Educator and Advisor.

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Dr Johan Morreau, MNZM

Trustee

Johan is an experienced paediatrician and medical leader based in Rotorua who has a strong interest in Maori Health, and achieving equity for our “needing to be valued” children and their families / whanau. He has for a long time now recognised and advocated for NZ to invest in children, their whanau and particularly the child’s “First 1000 days.”

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Sue Younger

Trustee

Sue is a writer and film-maker. Her first novel was published in mid-2016 . She has directed a number of social documentaries on a wide range of topics, winning several awards. Sue makes many of the video clips we use in our Brainwave seminars.

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Jeanine Tamati-Elliffe. Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Mutunga

Trustee

Jeanine is a māmā of six tamariki and currently works as a Kaiārahi Māori for Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury’s Te Waka Pākākano | Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori, Pacific and Equity. With a background in reo revitalisation, health advocacy and SUDI prevention for Māori, Jeanine also runs a consultancy business, Manawa Tītī Limited, is the current Vice-Chair on the National Maternity Monitoring Group and is a Māori community representative on the South Island Child Health Alliance.

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Dr Julia Ioane

Trustee

Julia is Samoan, born and raised in South Auckland, bi-lingual in Samoan and English; with connections to the villages of Leauva’a and Fasito’outa in Samoa. She is a lecturer at AUT in the School of Public Health and Psychosocial studies and conducts research in the area of youth. Julia is a member of local and national advisory boards with NZ Police, Lifewise Ltd and a member of the clinical advisory committee for SAFE Network Ltd. She is also a clinical psychologist with a background working with children and youth in care and protection and youth justice, and providing cultural and clinical supervision. She continues to have a small private practice working with children, youth and their families mainly with family and youth court matters. Julia remains committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of all our children and youth in Aotearoa is paramount to our future.

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Keryn O’Neill

Knowledge Manager

Keryn has a deep understanding of many factors influencing the development of our tamariki, which she enjoys sharing. She is driven to improve outcomes for all our tamariki and rangatahi, and views research as an important tool to help achieve this. Keryn has written many articles for Brainwave, which are often republished elsewhere.

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Debra Grayson

Learning Designer

An educator/facilitator with extensive education experience in both private & Government sectors. Her roles have included management, lecturer, curriculum development, facilitator & coach. She has developed a widespread knowledge of the workings of an educational organisation and had the opportunity to work with a diverse range of learners. With a strong commitment to learning principles and making knowledge accessible she is passionate about empowering and supporting families through knowledge.

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Hannah Salisbury

Funding & Systems Support Co-ordinator

Hannah joined Brainwave in 2006. She brings a diverse skill set from working in hospitality, logistics, customer service and leadership roles in the Tourism and Corporate sectors. Hannah is passionate about the Brainwave mission and working collaboratively to improve outcomes for our tamariki and rangatahi.


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Robyn Fisher

Bookings & Database Administrator

Robyn has a over 10 years experience in Administration in high pressure roles within both government and not-for-profit organisations. She is a Salesforce wiz, using her skills to constantly improve processes and reporting. She is committed to supporting the team so that all presentations run as seamlessly as possible.

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Jane Finch

Marketing Manager

Jane’s background is in media, and more recently the charity sector. Her skills help her promote Brainwave Trust and the important work they do. Her role covers marketing, design, PR and digital media.

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Helen Cussell

Accountant

Helen brings ten years’ experience at management level in the charity sector to Brainwave Trust, along with her prior work in the chartered accountancy and commercial sector. Helen has a special needs son and is familiar with working with early intervention and accessibility for learning, so is committed and passionate about the mission of the Trust. She currently sits on two boards and is well positioned to coordinate the goals of both the finance team and governance.

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Wendy

Kaiako

Wendy has over 35 years’ experience in Paediatrics. She worked as a Charge Nurse and Nurse Educator at Great Ormond St Hospital for Sick Children, London. Wendy has also worked in the community, professionally as a nurse and personally managing and coaching children’s sports teams. She is the mother of 2 adolescent boys.
She has been working with the Brainwave Trust for 13 years and is passionate about sharing their information with professionals, parents and secondary school students.

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Andrea

Kaiako

Andrea has been delivering presentations and training to professionals, community and school groups for many years and has been a Brainwave Trust educator for the last 3 years.
She is currently working in project and change management and enjoys the challenges this work presents. Andrea is a mother, grandmother, and a keen sportswoman with a passion for crossfit and waka ama.

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Jason

Kaiako

Jason is from Christchurch and is a programme coordinator and tutor at the Institute of Canterbury. He teaches sports coaching and indigenous studies, and tutors in pacific performing arts and Gagana Sāmoa. Jason represented New Zealand in the All Black Rugby 7’s and spent time playing in several countries and has been a selector and coach in the Canterbury region. He is a respected leader in Pacific communities in Canterbury.

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André

Kaiako

André is a registered teacher with over 20 years of experience in primary, high school, and adult education. He is currently studying Neuroscience through Harvard’s online edX programme, and alongside his Graduate Diploma in Teaching, he holds a Bachelor of Social Science, a Diploma in Te Aupikitanga-ki-te-Reo-Kairangi, and a Diploma in Media Arts. He is a project development leader with Brainwave Trust Aotearoa, and key presenter working with professionals in the social services and education sectors.

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Deb. Iwi-Ngare Raumati/Ngapuhi/Ngati Awa/Te Whanau a Apanui

Kaiako

Deb provides presentations at a local and National level and is also invited to deliver as a Keynote Speaker Kaupapa Maaori (where science has caught up to Indigenous practices pre colonization). Deb has 2 Birth Adult Children,4 Whangai and 4 Mokopuna.
Her strongest attribute is the work she does to support whanau/Haapu and Iwi development.

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Sarah

Kaiako

“I get out of bed every morning to help people be the best version of themselves they can be.” Sarah lives in Wellington with her family, including teenage children who are an integral part of her mission to make the world a better place. Sarah is also an author (“Changing the world is child’s play”), coach and mentor.

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Latu

Kaiako

Latu is a New Zealander and of Samoan descent and has worked within the education sector as a teacher and lecturer for 20 years. He has led professional development in Early Childhood through to Tertiary. He is totally inspired by Brainwave message and is proud to be part of the team as a presenter for Wellington. Latu has a Masters in Educational Psychology and is at present looking to start his PhD in Education. Latu is also involved heavily with this community leading Pasifika Healthy Lifestyle exercise programmes affordable for families to attend. Latu has three amazing children who are the apple of his eye.

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Rob

Kaiako

Rob is our Dunedin based Kaiako. He has a PhD in Social Psychology and has worked in academic, research, clinical and community organisations. Rob is active in the community to build community resiliance, to raise public awareness of family violence, and to inspire individuals to take action against family violence. He currently has a research position at the University of Otago, and is the Otago Coordinator of Fostering Kids NZ, where he provides training, advocacy and support to caregivers to provide safe and nurturing homes for the children and young people in their care.

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Jim – Ngati Pākeha

Kaiako

Jim has specialised in the Family Harm sector since 2000. He joined Brainwave in 2009 and has presented to a variety of audiences and agencies. His focus is on engaging parents and professionals to support and develop their existing knowledge and skills. He likes to share stories and a laugh.

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Anthony. Toku Ingoa, he uri ahau no Ngati tuwharetoa, Ngati Porou hoki.

Kaiako

I am passionate about oral language within Te reo Maori and Kapahaka Maori Performing Arts. My hope is for everyone to be able to understand just how important the early years can be and that positive experiences are the key a child’s development.

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Bronwyn

Kaiako

Bronwyn is a trained Childbirth Educator, working in this industry since 2006. She has provided guidance, information and direction to hundreds of HB families. In 2011, Bronwyn opened an innovative business hub, offering a space for practitioners providing complementary and conventional skills, medicine and services. She is a trained Natural Fertility Educator and advocates for self-autonomy for women and their fertility. Bronwyn has been a Brainwave Kaiako since 2008 and is trained in the Early Years, Adolescent and Schools programmes.

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Ron

Kaiako

Ron brings a wealth of experience working with parents, teachers and young people including teaching science and education for sustainability. Ron has a passion for education and delivers the Brainwave programme to hundreds of high school students every year. This role combines Ron’s science communication skills with his passion for young people and commitment to all children getting the best possible start in life.

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Norma

Kaiako

Norma has been a Kaiako since 2010. She enjoys working with all audiences from young mums to professionals. She brings with her a practical approach having worked since 2003, with children with a range of challenges at West Auckland Riding for the Disabled. She is the group President. She strongly believes in the benefits to all, of getting things right for our tamariki in the early years. She understands that parenting doesn’t have to be perfect but there are some essentials required if our children are to thrive.

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Lizzy. Ngati Pākeha, whanaunga ki Ngatui Porou me Te Arawa

Kaiako

Lizzy comes from a broad cross-sector background in Education, including secondary school teaching of English, Te Reo, Social Science and more recently Health. Being bi-lingual, Lizzy has also worked in Kohanga, Kura Kaupapa and Primary as well as adult / community education focusing on Te Tiriti and Hauora / Wellbeing.

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Tabitha

Kaiako

Tabitha is a General Practitioner. She has been a family doctor for 24 years and is passionate about the dignity and value of parenting. She can think of no better preventive medicine than teaching people about the importance of the first three years of life. She believes getting this information to the community and future parents should be a health priority.

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Nicky

Kaiako

Nicky is employed as part-time Community Paediatrician by Taranaki District Health Board, she is passionate about reducing inequalities in population health and the link between health, education and social status. She is also interested in community development and the potential it has to improve child and whanau health and wellbeing. She and her husband have 3 children

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Charlotte

Kaiako

Charlotte completed her PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Otago before moving to Auckland to work with Associate Professor Johanna Montgomery in the Centre for Brain Research. She then moved to Nelson where she is at home bringing up her young daughter. I am honoured to be part of Brainwave Trust and am looking forward to getting out into the Nelson/Tasman/Blenheim/ communities to discuss the fascinating and inspiring messages.

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Dr Lauren Porter

Scientific Advisor

Lauren is a mum, a clinical social worker and a parent-infant therapist. She has a long affiliation with Brainwave and a passion for merging scientific information and clinical frameworks with the realities of daily life. She is the current Clinical Director at the Champion Centre in Christchurch.