Vision

Graeme Dingle Foundation Waikato envisions all rangatahi in the Waikato being healthy, resilient and positively contributing to their whānau and communities.

Mission

Our mission is to transform and empower the lives of rangitahi in the Waikato.

Whakatauki

Kia puāwai he rangatira – To blossom into leaders.

Values

Manaaki – Caring

We care about our whānau

Māia – Courageous

We are strong, confident, and determined.

Tūhono  – Collaborative

We form meaningful and loyal relationships

Taikākā – Resilient

We are resilient, bounce back and never give up

Pono – Trust

We exhibit trust, honesty, and transparency.

Our People – Governance

John Wilkinson – Chair, Graeme Dingle Foundation Waikato Charitable Trust

John WilkinsonThe Chair of the Graeme Dingle Foundation Waikato, John Wilkinson, is proud to support the organisation’s programmes that are empowering the region’s tamariki and rangatahi.

A commercial manager with ASB Bank, John is an experienced trustee and director, having supported SODA, the Springboard Trust, and Life Community Services. He is a fellow of  FINSIA (Financial Services Institute of Australasia), and  a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.

He is married to Ellie, has two adult children and a growing family of grandchildren.

Originally from North Canterbury/Waitaha raro, John began his banking career in Palmerston North/Te Papaioeo in 1980. Through his career he has gained experience in all aspects of banking including retail and rural business and has been in the Waikato since the early 1990s.

John brings commercial and life experience together with extensive networks to the Graeme Dingle Foundation Waikato.

He acknowledges the contributions of previous chairs and trustees including Margaret Devlin, William Durning and Jason Dawson.

Contact John to learn how you can support the kaupapa of Graeme Dingle Foundation Waikato.

Email: john.wilkinson@asb.co.nz

Meet our Trustees

Tawa Campbell-Seymour

Tawa Campbell-Seynour

 

Tawa is Pouhoe Māori (Executive Manager) within ASB’s Māori Banking team, Te Waka Whaihua. His iwi affiliations are Te Whakatōhea, Tūhoe, Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki, Waikato.

Tawa holds governance roles within his iwi Te Whakatōhea and is passionate about accelerating Māori success.

Phillip Cowie

Phillip CowiePhil has had a long career in education as a teacher and principal holding primary school principal positions in Hawkes Bay, Pirongia, Te Kuiti and Hamilton. He was the foundation principal of Rototuna Primary School.

Over the last 12 years he has been an education evaluator for the Education Review Office where he is currently regional director for the central region, an area from the Bombay Hills to Levin coast to coast encompassing 880 schools and approximately 1700 early learning centres.

Phil is married to Julie and the couple have three adult children and three grandchildren.

Email: Phillip.Cowie@ero.govt.nz

Terry Faleva’ai

Terry Faleva'ai - Kiwi Can Leader

Terry, born and raised in West Auckland/Tamaki Makaurau, is a field events specialist, particularly shot put, for which he travelled and competed internationally, including representing Aotearoa New Zealand at two Paralympic Games.

He has a Diploma in Sport Recreation and Management and is a huge Auckland Blues fan.

With over 24 years experience of working and mentoring youth he says he is basically “a big kid at heart.”

Terry is also a Kiwi Can leader.

Email: terry@dinglewaikato.nz

Catherine Stapleton

Catherine StapletonCatherine leads a human resources (HR) consulting business, Stapleton Consulting, where she has seen the benefit and value great role models can have on rangatahi later in their lives.  It’s the reason she jumped at the chance to be part of the Graeme Dingle Foundation Waikato.

Sport is important to Catherine. She is a rower and has competed in the National Champs in Twizel. She has a governance role with the Waikato Rowing Association and a support role with the New Zealand Netball Players Association.

Catherine has two children with her teacher husband.

Email: catherine@stapleton.consulting

Marama Tahapehi

Marama

Marama is the Community Development Planner in Strategy and Engagement for South Waikato District Council.

Marama, a Tokoroa local, was born and educated in the Waikato, including at Waikato University.

She has seven children, is a huge supporter of the Graeme Dingle Foundation and loves the fantastic work it does.

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Our People – Management

Clive Somerville – General Manager, Graeme Dingle Foundation Waikato

Clive believes empowering and amplifying the voice of youth positively impacts their whanau and community.

Clive had a career in banking and tech before being drawn to the Graeme Dingle Foundation where he enjoys promoting and supporting the life-changing programmes the organisation offers.

He grew up in Raahui Pookeka/Huntly where interventionist moments in his youth involving sports and the outdoors were pivotal in his development. He also highly values the input that different communities throughout the Waikato have had on his life.

Clive epitomises enthusiasm and passion in all areas of his life and is a fiercely proud father of two daughters.

He loves getting into his shed, the outdoors, and deep and wide ranging conversation.

Contact Clive to discuss how to make a positive difference to the whanau and communities of the Waikato.

Email: manager@dinglewaikato.nz

Meet our Management Team

Amanda Shaw – Business & Development Manager

Amanda Shaw

Amanda’s trophy cabinet includes University of Waikato Blues Awards for Sport – 2011, 2012 & 2013, and a New Zealand University Blues Award for Sport – 2012.

It all started in rural Waikato where Amanda found badminton in War Memorial and community halls. Needing little encouragement  – though a sporty family helped – Amanda became a phenomenal badminton player and went on to represent New Zealand around the world.

She has taken her sporting excellence into her full life. After completing a BSocSci (Waikato) in Psychology and Sport & Leisure, Amanda drove dump trucks in Darwin and managed procurement for a multi-national company.

A busy mum of two, Amanda currently owns a bouncy castle business while also bringing that enterprise acumen to the Graeme Dingle Foundation Waikato.

Contact Amanda to find how to partner with Graeme Dingle Foundation Waikato to help young people achieve.

Email: info@dinglewaikato.nz

Cameron Quertier – Programmes Manager (North Waikato)

Cameron knows how to wear a few different hats! As our Career Navigator Coordinator, he’s up with his mentors, on the level with school liaisons and down for a laugh with students. He also supports our North Waikato programmes teams day to day.

After retiring as a professional boxer (on 1:0) a car accident prompted Cameron to realise that through life as a good man he could, as Gandhi wisely put it, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

Cameron has a Diploma of Education, Business, and Leadership Management from the Waikato Institute of Technology.

He is still very active in martial arts and coaching, has a seemingly inexhaustible supply of positivity, relishes building connections and being of service to others. He’s also a voracious reader, especially on self-development and loves a good bush walk to get grounded.

Contact Cameron to find out more about mentoring opportunities in the Waikato.

Email: cameron@dinglewaikato.nz

Santana Katene – Programmes Manager (South Waikato), Stars Teina Facilitator & Kiwi Can Leader

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Ko Tarawera te maunga
Ko Te Arawa te waka
Ko Puarenga te awa
Ko Tuhourangi te Iwi
Ko Ngati Wahiao te Hapū
Ko Te Pakira te Marae
Nō reira, tēnā tatou katoa

Santana, originally from Whakarewarewa, lives on a dairy farm at Mangakino with her partner and two tamariki.  After completing her teaching qualification she launched a clothing enterprise before joining Graeme Dingle Foundation Waikato.

Santana believes the voices of the rangatahi of Aotearoa are important because they are our future leaders.

A whakatauki that reflects her teaching philosophy is Na to rourou, na taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi – With your basket of knowledge and my basket, together we will thrive.

Santana brings mana, tikanga Māori, her teaching professionalism and endless enthusiasm to her mahi – supporting programme delivery across three different Graeme Dingle Foundation Waikato programmes.

Contact Santana to learn more about opportunities for schools to benefit from our kaupapa.

Email: santana@dinglewaikato.nz

Terry Faleva’ai – Senior Leader (North Waikato) & Kiwi Can Leader

Terry Faleva'ai - Kiwi Can Leader

Terry, born and raised in West Auckland/Tamaki Makaurau, is a field events specialist, particularly shot put, for which he travelled and competed internationally, including representing Aotearoa New Zealand at two Paralympic Games.

He has a Diploma in Sport Recreation and Management and is a huge Auckland Blues fan.

With over 24 years experience of working and mentoring youth he says he is basically “a big kid at heart.”

He has achieved a dream by becoming a Kiwi Can leader.

Email: terry@dinglewaikato.nz

Haylee Ireland – Senior Leader (South Waikato) & Kiwi Can Leader

Haylee Ireland

Haylee, from Taupo, found her passion and calling to work with youth through Kiwi Can.

Not only has Kiwi Can helped her shape a better path for the future of tamariki but it has also helped build her self confidence.

Email: haylee@dinglewaikato.nz

Meet out Stars Co-ordinators

Sarah Erb – Stars Coordinator, Fairfield College

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Sarah’s passion for working with young people comes from understanding the real struggles she knows are prevalent in communities.

She aims to help her students overcome the barriers they face and to shine through as strong Leaders in their role as Stars Peer Mentors.

Since her own time as a Fairfield College student, Sarah has grown her skill set and professional practice in varied roles: customer service, army medic, flight attendant, builder’s labourer, business owner and fitness trainer.

Some of her proudest achievements are her three children, earning a Bachelor of Business Studies degree, and starting the fitness business she runs alongside this role.

Sarah believes we should not be limited by our situation but be encouraged to flourish without limitations.

Email: sarah@dinglewaikato.nz

Pheylan Rangitoheriri – Stars Coordinator, Stars Teina Facilitator & Kiwi Can Leader

Pheylan RangitoheririPheylan has played and coached with the Tokoroa Pacific Shark Rugby League Club since he was seven-years-old.

He has a strong sense of whanau and community that makes him an outstanding young rangatira. He joined Graeme Dingle Foundation Waikato – his dream job – to make an impact. He brings fun, positivity and excitement to his work.

A proud dad of two, Pheylan delivers the Tokoroa College Stars programmes and is also a Kiwi Can and Stars Teina leader, a journey that began in Stars in Year 9 before he moved on to be a mentor. He was recognised for this dedication at the Graeme Dingle Foundation Excellence Awards in 2022.

Meet our Kiwi Can Leaders

Daniel O’Sullivan-La’avia – Kiwi Can Leader

Daniel Osullivan

Daniel is from Tokoroa, where he has lived most of his life, and where he picked up the value of being a dedicated worker.

He loves hanging out with tamariki and helping them on their journeys.

Daniel loves playing basketball, piano and dancing and working as a Kiwi Can leader because he knows that helping tamariki “craft a better path for their future” is something he can role model.

Email: daniel@dinglewaikato.nz

Noriko Tausinga – Kiwi Can Leader

Noriko was brought up in a small town in a rice farming area in the south of Japan and has lived in Aotearoa NZ since the 1990s. The mum of two married into a large Tongan family in South Auckland and also has Samoan family links to West Auckland and a Maori whanau from Umutahi marae, Matata.

Noriko has had more than 15 years in customer service roles at Air NZ and Trelise Cooper and is experienced in learning assistance and teacher aid.

She loves being someone children trust knowing that it can take only one person, one conversation or one kind gesture to help them believe in themselves.

Paige Coffin-Bell – Kiwi Can Leader

Paige, from Te Kuiti, relocated to Tokoroa in 2020 to start a family.

Before becoming a Kiwi Can Leader and a part of the Stars Teina programme she has been involved with the Waitomo District Council for many years, a rangatahi mentor for Te Ahurei ā Rangatahi and received scholarships from Waikato University and The Lines Company LTD based on her contribution and involvement with rangatahi in my community.

Seeing the fruits of the work that has been done before her gives Paige hope that she can make a difference.

Her son was a major motivation for her jumping at the opportunity to join the Graeme Dingle Foundation. Not only is she learning the fundamental skills to set children up to prosper in life but it fills her heart with gratitude for a job which can also be applied to her own child.

In her spare time Paige enjoys playing netball, spending time with whānau and friends and being anywhere close to water.

He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tangata, he tangata, he tangata!

Mikaela Grant – Kiwi Can Leader

Mikaela, from Christchurch, has been heavily involved in sports. She was twice selected to represent New Zealand at the Junior Track World championships in 2020 and 2021. Covid-19 interrupted her sporting ambition but on entering the senior ranks she moved north from Christchurch to the Waikato to pursue her dream of chasing medals for Aotearoa NZ on the world stage.

Young at the time of the Christchurch earthquakes, she learnt the importance of resilience and integrity in everyday life. While working with youth during her secondary schooling years she found a passion for providing opportunities and inspiring young people to succeed and be their best.  Her background positioned her well to align with the kiwi can values of positive relationships, integrity, respect and resilience.

Marlon George – Career Navigator Assistant & Kiwi Can Leader