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Colin Usherwood


Colin is a consultant with senior leadership experience and technical knowledge and has worked across both the private and public sectors. He provides consultancy advice at governance, strategic and operational levels in the areas of leadership, remuneration, superannuation, performance management, business transformation, HR and economic analysis and HR policies. Colin also has local and international experience in taxation and global mobility.

Colin has worked for a wide range of organisations including Air New Zealand, NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), UK Department for International Development (DFID), Auckland City Council and the Inland Revenue Department. 

Colin is passionate about economic development and ensuring people can reach their potential. He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Major – Economics) and is also a graduate member of Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Kerri Hoy

Deputy Chairperson

Brendan Abley

Brendan is from Auckland, and joined the Te Ukaipo board in 2016.  Prior to this position, he was Chairperson of Edmund Rice Camps Auckland Inc, a not for profit organisation providing week long camp programmes for children in need of a break from their social, financial and family circumstances.  Brendan attended St Peter's College in Grafton, and studied law at Auckland University.  He is currently a solicitor specialising in environmental and resource management law at Chapman Tripp, based in the city. 

Sr Akenese Nun Toon rsm

I am Akenese Nun Toon, (known as Ake) and I  was born and grew up in Samoa where I lived with my family in the village of Lalovaea in pia. (Mt Vaea) I was very fortunate to grow up in a very happy and secure environment and a close family knit.

I have been a Sister of Mercy for 37 years. I have extensive experience teaching in Primary schools in Samoa and New Zealand. I love children and have a great working relationship with parents.
Here in New Zealand I was Director of Religious Studies and Assistant Principal in Good Shepherd Primary School Balmoral.  I was also Principal of St Joan of Arc Primary School Samoa for 9 years. During my time in Samoa I was able to bring our Staff to New Zealand for some experiences in Primary School in New Zealand mainly in Literacy and Numeracy. One year I brought our PTA to fundraise for renovations of our school and also to experience how New Zealand PTA runs. Those were some of the highlights of my time in Samoa as well as being able to establishing a good relationship between the parents and the teachers so they can work together for the better education of the children.

I love all kinds of music and I play guitar. I have considerable experience in liturgy both in parish and in community. I love dancing especially traditional Samoan dance. I am well versed in my cultural practices and this has enabled me to deal well with Pacific families and in particular Samoan families.

I am very friendly and free spirited and have a good sense of justice and a strong dislike of violence in any form. I look forward to being involved with 
Te Ukaipo Community and the young people and families who use the services there.


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