“Solidarity, the common good of us all”

If our purpose resonates with your beliefs, then you are ready to move along with us, and there are many ways for you to take part.

Join the movement and help change the way we do things!

…Some of the arms helping to paddle this Vaka: 

OUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Henry Herman

Chairman

Portfolio: Sustainable Development, Governance, & Finance

Henry was born and raised in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, before relocating to New Zealand to pursue his tertiary studies where he graduated with a Bachelor of Law and Batchelor of Science.  He is currently an Associate at Rice Craig Lawyers in South Auckland. Henry feels joined the Trust initially as a volunteer over 7 years ago before joining the Board of Trustees in 2012.  He has now been the Chairman for the past 3 years.  His primary focus is on a united and prosperous Cook Island community and is committed to achieving this. Outside of work and community commitments, having a young family Henry’s spare time is consumed by family activities and events.

Paitai Taringa

Deputy Chairman

Portfolio: Economic Development (Business Facilities & Assets)

Rev. Mata Tumu-Makara is married to Tabitha Makara, together they have four teenagers. He has been involved in variety of Christian Ministries, and is currently the Pastor of the PGM Christchurch Church in Ponsonby Auckland for the last 12 years. He has a Bachelor and a Masters’ Degree in Theology from the Bible College of NZ/ Laidlaw College with a research focus on the missionary period of the church in the Cook Islands. Mata is a church leader with a special interest of discovering our true Pacific identity in Christ and our unique cultures. He is excited to be involved in an organization that unite and prosper people and especially Cook Islanders.

Pastor Mata Tumu-Makara

Portfolio: Pastoral Care

Rev. Mata Tumu-Makara is married to Tabitha Makara, together they have four teenagers. He has been involved in variety of Christian Ministries, and is currently the Pastor of the PGM Christchurch Church in Ponsonby Auckland for the last 12 years. He has a Bachelor and a Masters’ Degree in Theology from the Bible College of NZ/ Laidlaw College with a research focus on the missionary period of the church in the Cook Islands. Mata is a church leader with a special interest of discovering our true Pacific identity in Christ and our unique cultures. He is excited to be involved in an organization that unite and prosper people and especially Cook Islanders.

Naomi Dashwood

Portfolio: Community & Communications

Naomi has a strong background in Cook Islands Heritage and Culture. She has performed Cook Islands dances across many stages, and wears her culture proudly. She has been closely involved in the development of CIDANZ, including being the Project Lead for oneMARKET in the 2013 Akirata Ou Festival, to now sitting on the board as a Trustee. An advocate for strong Cook Islands women, Naomi is also the Secretary for Miss Cook Islands NZ Trust that focuses on empowering young Cook Islands women.

Lena Wong

Portfolio: Public

Lena has been on the Board of Trustees since May 2016. She is of Cook Islands, Tahitian and Fijian descent but was raised in Vaka Takitumu in Rarotonga. Her grandfather was the late Teariki Framhein of Mauke/Atiu and her late grandmother was Mereana Monga Framhein of Rarotonga. Lena attended Nikao Maori Primary, Avatea Primary and then Nukutere College before moving to New Zealand to attend College and then University.

Lena is currently a practicing lawyer in South Auckland and specializes in Family Law. Lena has previous work experience with both the Cook Islands Government and various New Zealand govt. ministries such as the Ministry of Pacific Island Peoples, Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Social Development.

Lena is passionate about creating a prosperous Cook Islands community and supports the Trusts vision to combine the efforts of all Cook Islands people in New Zealand in one place.

OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

 

Rouruina Emil’e-Brown

Chief Executive

Ina Michael

Director of Strategy & Investment

Community Offerings:

  1. Strategic Planning
  2. Business Development
  3. Investment
For more information about how to gain access to services provided by Ina Michael email ina@cidanz.co.nz

Nana Kamo-Mataroa

Ambassador of CIDANZ

Community Offering:

  • Free JP Services
  • Available Tuesday & Thursdays, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • CIDANZ Office, 283 – 289 Kirkbride Road, Mangere, Auckland

For more information, contact Janet Akai at janet@cidanz.co.nz

Lindsay Unuia

Manager, Business Operations & Development

Community Offerings:

  1. Consulting/Management services
  2. Business development
  3. Entertainment agent

For more information about how to gain access to services provided by Lindsay Unuia, email lindsay@cidanz.co.nz

Janet Akai

Manager, Design & Communications

Community Offerings:

  1. Collateral Design & Marketing
  2. Social Media Training
  3. Photography

For more information about how to gain access to services provided by Janet Akai, email janet@cidanz.co.nz

 

Tom Wichman

Manager of Sustainable Projects

 

Tepoave Araitia

Ambassador of CIDANZ

 

Tepori Teariki

oneHERITAGE, Taokotai Vainetini Lead

 

Teremoana Katoa-Samuel

oneCHILD, Curriculum Lead

OUR FRIENDS

  • Pasifika Futures Ltd
  • Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board
  • Auckland Teaching Gardens
  • Pacific Business Trust
  • Ministry of Pacific Peoples
  • Auckland Council
  • The Southern Initiative
  • Impact NPO
  • Mangere East Family Services
  • Cook Islands Consulate Office Auckland
  • Enuamanu Atiu-nui Maruarua Society Inc
  • Takitumu Cultural & Arts Community
  • Puaikura
  • Auckland’s Takanini Sikh Community