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


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


Kia puāwai he rangatira – To blossom into leaders.


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

Phillip Cowie – Chair, Graeme Dingle Foundation Waikato Charitable Trust

Phillip Cowie

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

Phil 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.

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


Meet our Trustees

Tawa Campbell-Seymour

Tawa Campbell-Seynour
Tawa Campbell-Seymour

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.

John Wilkinson

John Wilkinson
John Wilkinson

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.

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.


Terry Faleva’ai

Terry Faleva'ai - Kiwi Can Leader
Terry Faleva’ai

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.


Catherine Stapleton

Catherine Stapleton
Catherine Stapleton

Catherine 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.


Marama Tahapehi

Marama Tahapehi
Marama Tahapehi

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.

Sarskia Melville

Sarskia Melville
Sarskia Melville

Born and raised in the Waikato, Sarskia now lives in Tāmaki Makaurau where she leads a branding studio focussed on helping do-good, purpose-driven businesses put their best foot forward.

She’s passionate about empowering young people to be their most creative and capable selves, and believes in the power of sport and outdoor adventure in the lives of rangitahi to build confidence, leadership, community and purpose.

Kay Montgomery

Kay Montgomery
Kay Montgomery

Born in Wairoa, the whenua of Ngāti Kahungunu, Kay has spent a lifetime working in the public sector across Aotearoa.

She is invigorated by complex, interesting ideas and people and likes to ‘paint outside the lines’. She is a critical thinker and strategist at a national, regional and community level, implementing multimillion programmes to improve equitable outcomes for marginalised populations.

Kay volunteers her time as a NZ Business Mentor, is chair of the Whatawhata Tennis Club and Camp Unity, and is a past member of the establishment group for Waikato Women’s fund.

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Daniel Shore

Our People – Management

Amanda Shaw – General Manager (acting)


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 is a key player to the Graeme Dingle Foundation Waikato.

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


Tash Allen – Programmes Manager (North Waikato)

Tash Allen

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

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


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

Santana Katene
Santana Katene

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.


Meet out Stars Co-ordinators

Sarah Erb – Stars Coordinator, Fairfield College

Sarah Erb
Sarah Erb

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.


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

Pheylan Rangitoheriri
Pheylan Rangitoheriri

Pheylan 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

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

Terry Faleva'ai
Terry Faleva’ai

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.


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

Haylee Ireland
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.


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

Daniel O
Daniel O’Sullivan-La’avia

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.


Noriko Tausinga – Kiwi Can Leader

Noriko Tausinga
Noriko Tausinga

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 – Career Navigator Coordinator &  Stars Teina Facilitator

Paige Coffin-Bell
Paige Coffin-Bell

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!

Marlon George – Kiwi Can Leader

Marlon George

Marlon is from the great town of Kirikiriroa, where he has lived for the majority of his life and has now started his young family.
Marlon has always had a passion for working with tamariki and is dedicated to inspiring Aotearoa’s children to reach their full potential. He aspires to encourage tamariki to aim high and do their best, ensuring they have a positive outlook in life.

He loves spending time with his friends and family, often finding themselves at the beach, typically Papamoa Beach, a family favorite spot. He also has a passion for indoor netball and basketball, and has always been sports driven. He cannot wait to get his own children involved in sports and encourage them to have the same drive and motivation he has.

The experiences Marlon has had with the Graeme Dingle Foundation excites and motivates him. He loves the connections made with tamariki and enjoys watching them flourish into incredible NZ kids. Being part of such a great success, Marlon has hopes to teach his own children in Kiwi Can someday.

Daley O’Rourke Nicholls – Stars Teina Facilitator & Kiwi Can Leader

Daley O’Rourke Nicholls

Maia de Bruin – Kiwi Can Leader

Maia de Bruin

Kate Ballantyne – Kiwi Can Leader

Ben McIntosh – Kiwi Can Leader