Currently our Board is made up of seven volunteers. They are:
Ta’ase Vaoga (Co-Chair)
Ta’ase (Ngāpuhi, Te Ātihaunui-a-Papārangi and 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 a Project Manager at CORE Education.
Wendy Reid (Co-Chair)
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 Auckland where he works for TSB as Chief of Staff. Herman brings a strong governance experience, including currently serving as Vice-President and Chair of the Finance Audit & Risk Committee for the New Zealand Law Society. He is passionate about empowering communities and ensuring a better future for our future generations.
Garth has 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. As well as leading a national advocacy nonprofit in Australia, he has operated in Cabinet minister's office, serviced a Parliamentary inquiry, participated in numerous government advisory bodies, taught a course on influencing public policy to NGO leaders, 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.