Currently our Board is made up of eight volunteers. They are:
Allie Cunninghame (Co-Chair)
Allie works at the Legal Issues Centre as a Professional Practice Fellow (Otago University) after 10 years practicing in the ligation team at a large national firm. As well as bringing much needed legal expertise to the Board, Allie’s work with corporate and government clients, combined with her passion for social justice, diversity and sustainability, gives her an understanding of and tools to negotiate corporate and government worlds and aids her goal of facilitating positive change, step by step. Allie is on the board of trustees of her son’s Intermediate School and she volunteers at Community Law Otago.
Ta’ase Vaoga (Co-Chair)
Ta’ase (Ngāpuhi, Te Ātihaunui-a-Papārangi and Ngāti Hāmoa) is passionate about effecting positive and lasting change in our communities as evidenced by her work commitment to the social purpose sector. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from being involved in a number of projects and fundraising for organisations like Wellington Rape Crisis, JustSpeak, ActionStation, WWF New Zealand, NZ Book Council, NZ Centre for Gifted Education, Partners Porirua and others in both a voluntary and paid capacity. She now works as Fundraising Manager at Aviva in Christchurch.
Hazel Hape (Ngāpuhi, Ngati Pukenga, Te Arawa) is passionate about Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Ending violence against women and girls, human rights, environment, social change and social justice issues. She has worked 25 years in the non government organisation fields of justice, welfare, health and education that includes Te Wananga o Aotearoa, National Collective of Independent Women's Refuge, Glenn Inquiry independent inquiry into child abuse and domestic violence, National network of stopping violence and Te Whare Tiaki Wahine Refuge Porirua. She lives in Tauranga Moana, Bay of Plenty where she is the General Manager of Tauranga Women's Refuge.
Garth has an extensive nonprofit governance experience. For six years he was national director of a major advocacy group for low-income and disadvantaged people in Australia. He has taught for 18 years in a graduate programme on not for profit leadership, has a keen interest in research-you-can-use, and is widely published on government/nonprofit relations. Garth also brings strong political analysis - he ran a national advocacy nonprofit in Australia; operated in Cabinet minister's office, serviced a Parliamentary inquiry, participated in several government advisory bodies; and managed a government policy unit.
Niamh has been involved in community leadership and organising in Aotearoa since 2009, with an active focus on campaigning, strategic development, and volunteer management. She is passionate about climate change, issues impacting women and children, and social justice, and in particular, where the three issues meet. Niamh is based in Auckland as the Programme Director of Greenpeace NZ following almost five years as Executive Director of 350 Aotearoa.
Daniel Haines (Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi) stays in Tāmaki Makaurau, and is passionate about democracy, Te Tiriti, education, workers rights, and sustainable development. Daniel works as the Māori Engagement Manager for the America’s Cup; he's also a member of the rūnanga komiti at Unitec and the Public Services Association, where he advocates for Māori students and workers. Previously, Daniel has worked on Treaty settlements at the Auckland Council and has led the students’ unions AUSA and NZUSA.
Wendy has extensive governance experience in a range of social justice and environmental organisations at national and international levels. She is passionate about science and ethics-based sustainable development and direct democracy. Wendy has been a supporter of ActionStation since our inception. She brings years of practical experience from her work in the community-based not for profit sector and the public sectors of Housing, Health and Welfare in New Zealand.
Herman Visagie (Treasurer)
Herman is proud to be a “bi-cultural kiwi” - born in South Africa to Afrikaans parents, he arrived in New Zealand when he was nine years old and spent his formative years in rural South Otago. He now lives in New Plymouth where he works for TSB as General Counsel and Chief of Staff. Herman brings a strong governance experience, including currently serving as Vice-President for the New Zealand Law Society. He is passionate about empowering communities and ensuring a better future for our future generations.