Western Bay of Plenty – Te Moana-a-Toitehuatahi

Graeme Dingle Foundation Western Bay of Plenty was founded in 2004 and currently runs the Kiwi Can, Stars, Career Navigator and Project K programmes, helping over 3,800 local young people every year.


Dan Allen-Gordon – Regional Manager

Dan founded the Graeme Dingle Foundation Bay of Plenty Trust in 2004.  He comes from a background of sales, management and youth work and has been in the industry since the 1990’s.

Dan is passionate about Graeme Dingle Foundation and the programmes we deliver in the Bay of Plenty.  He believes we give our children and youth a positive start in life through our programmes.

Email: dan.allen-gordon@dinglefoundation.org.nz  Phone: 021 992 613



Charlotte Brown – Business Development Manager

Charlotte (or Charlie!) joined the Graeme Dingle Foundation in October 2021. She has a background in Sales and Advertising and is happy to be using her skills to help make a difference to the lives of tamariki and rangatahi in the region. Charlotte passionately believes that every child should have the opportunity to thrive and be their best and loves being part of the Graeme Dingle Foundation whose programmes work to achieve this. If you would like to discuss how you can help us to achieve our vision, please contact Charlotte – she would love to chat!

Email: charlotte.brown@dinglefoundation.org.nz



Peter Tuhura – Career Navigator and Project K Coordinator 

Peter has been with the Graeme Dingle Foundation WBOP since 2020 assuming the role of programme Coordinator for our Project K and Career Navigator programmes at Katikati College. Peter has come from a Sport and Recreation background with a deep connection to the basketball community here in the bay. He has a passion to be a positive role model for youth and believes in our programmes to effect positive change for all young people in Aotearoa.

Email: pitiera.tuhura@dinglefoundation.org.nz



Leah Nesbit – Project K and Career Navigator Coordinator

Leah joined the Graeme Dingle Foundation in 2021. She is passionate about supporting our Rangatahi, with more than 5 years’ experience working with youth she is super motivated to see them reach their full potential. Where ever possible you’ll see her trying to inspire the youth to be creative, finding creative projects for our students to be involved in or being the paparazzi photographer at activities. Leah loves the outdoors and going on adventures to new places or to try new things. Always excited to encourage our young people to get outdoors and push their limits. Leah loves hiking and camping and will find any excuse to get out of work in the office to escape on camp with our high school students.

Email: leah.nesbit@dinglefoundation.org.nz



Photo of AylaAyla Dellaway – Programmes Coordinator Te Puke

Ayla has been involved with the Graeme Dingle Foundation since being selected for Project K in 2010. Volunteering at every opportunity she is now very proud to be working as the Programme Coordinator for Rangatahi programmes.

Ayla is creative, motivated and always looking for ways to bring awareness to the programmes and the foundation. Her story is on our website if you would like to read about her first-hand experience of Project K after her traumatic childhood.

Email: ayla.dellaway@dinglefoundation.org.nz



Image of JazJasmine Riley – Kiwi Can Coordinator

Jasmine (or Jaz) started with WBoP at the start of 2020 as a Kiwi Can leader. She was the national Kiwi Can Leader award winner in 2021, and is now our Kiwi Can Coordinator.

Jaz came to us with a background in ECE, she has always had a passion for working with children, in particular the ones who others may have “written off”. Meeting them where they are, and helping them see they are more than the situation they find themselves in, or the decisions they have made. As a mother to two active teens, you will often find her on the side of a basketball court, rugby field, or skate park. She is community focused and loves giving back. In her free time Jaz loves being outdoors either hiking or at the beach.

Email: jasmine.riley@dinglefoundation.org.nz


Image of CindiCindi Lett – Stars and Project K at Otumoetai College

Cindi has been with the Graeme Dingle Foundation WBOP since 2023, assuming the role of Programme Coordinator for our Stars and Project K programmes at Otumoetai College. Her interest and love for Sport lead her to complete a Sport and Exercise Science degree, and she has recently completed a Business Management Diploma. Cindi has worked as a Kiwi Can leader and has a background in teaching and coaching. She has an enthusiastic and positive attitude with a passion for working with and supporting young people to believe in themselves so they can overcome obstacles, succeed, and achieve their potential.

Cindi has worked in the New Zealand Education system at early childhood, primary school, intermediate and college levels. Her teaching philosophy focuses on providing an encouraging, positive learning environment that builds self-esteem and looks at each person individually.  She teaches young people though her words and actions, the value of respect, resilience, empathy and teamwork to support them on their personal journey of growth to prepare them for life.  Cindi is dedicated to helping support, empower and make a positive difference to the lives of tamariki and rangatahi.

Email: cindi.lett@dinglefoundation.org.nz


Georgia Edmiston – Regional Administrator

Georgia joined the Graeme Dingle Foundation WBOP at the start of 2022. Georgia has an education in sociology and social policy and is here to support the Graeme Dingle Foundation team and the programs they deliver in the Western Bay of Plenty that make positive changes to the lives of tamariki and rangatahi.

She believes it’s a great opportunity to work with an awesome organisation that do so much to help the young people in our community be the best that they can be.

Email: georgia.edmiston@dinglefoundation.org.nz

Kiwi Can Leaders

  • Tanati Bidois 
  • Harmony Cassidy 
  • Emoana Consedine 
  • Atutahi Henare 
  • Kristy Lagarto 
  • Gemma Tidswell 
  • David Mortimore 
  • Brant Liufau 
  • Samuel Doran 
  • Olivia Clague


  • Fran Stubbins (Chair) 
  • Christine Ralph 
  • Matthew Billett 
  • Warwick de Vere 
  • Dianne Lees 
  • Debbie Gee 
  • Andrea Ainsworth