Our team, the people who foster those changes, have skills and qualifications in education, health, social work, counselling - and in life. They bring commitment, common sense, energy, practicality and a belief in people's potential.

Aroha Heremaia, a HIPPY tutor and son Ezra, a HIPPY graduate.


"HIPPY has been very good for us. We enjoy seeing the progress Leighton makes with all the activities. He has just started School and it shows how much HIPPY has helped him. For me I've found Group Meetings a time to look forward to for some timeout and interacting with other parents. It's lots of fun."

Melinda Ward Year Two HIPPY Parent


Angus Fletcher Chairperson

Ann Dunphy

Marion Heppner (on leave of absence)

June Hieatt

Commodore Tony Lewis

Louise Surynt

Leeanne Mataira

Key Staff

Dame Lesley Max MBE, MA (Hons)
Chief Executive

Jane Hall Dip.Tchg, Dip.SpecEd.
National Director HIPPY New Zealand

Lin Sauer Cert ECDC Distinction
HIPPY NZ Manager: Accountability and Fidelity

Margaret Fitzgibbon Certificate in Adult Education and Training, Dip.Tchg People with Intellectual Disabilities.
HIPPY NZ Manager: Training

Karen Loughnan A.C.A.T, BA(Education & Sociology), B.F.F.L, ESOL(Trinity)
HIPPY NZ Manager: Adult Education

Jacqui Matthews Ph.D, M.Ed., Trained Teachers Cert, Read Rec Cert
HIPPY NZ Manager: Curriculum

Shana Malio BA, LLB, MA (Hons), MLitt
MATES Programme Manager

Louise Belcher Dip Family Therapy and Counselling, Post Graduate Diploma in Social Services and Supervision, Certificate in Industrial Relations, Accredited Mediator
Manager, Kelvin Road Family Service Centre

Wendy Schofield CA
Trust Secretary and Treasurer

Sarah Cotter
Relationships Manager

Marion Heppner BALLB
Business Development Manager

Judy Jarvie
Office Administrator

Louise Haines BC
Fundraising Coordinator


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