I have worked in the community development field in both government and non-government organisations. I love seeing the passion people have here for building community, making connections with others and working together on local issues. It is a real privilege to be able to support this passion through Volunteer Kāpiti alongside an equally passionate Volunteer Kāpiti team.
I have been living on the beautiful Kāpiti Coast for the last 9 years and have been in the role of Service Coordinator at Volunteer Kāpiti since 2016. I have found being involved with my local community a great way to meet people and make friends while helping others. What I most enjoy about my role at Volunteer Kāpiti is getting to meet people from all walks of life and seeing the good in people every day. I also love to hear the success stories about the volunteers we refer making a real impact for community groups no matter how big or small!
It’s a privalege to be part of the Volunteer Kāpiti team in an Accounts/Administration role and to support the great volunteering work being done in our community. I grew up in Kāpiti and love living and working in this special place.
In 2015 I had finished admin studies and thought to myself, what would be my next step? Volunteering in an admin role to gain more experience came to mind. So, I walked in and landed a Volunteering role at Volunteer Kapiti’s office, the heart of volunteering. 5 years later I’m still here and probably will be for another 5 years.
Retirement brings all sorts of shocks, including trying to adjust to weeks without any real structure. Voluntary work proved to be the solution. That was 10 years ago and over that time I have enjoyed the pleasures and challenges of many different roles. Gray hair and life experience can be a big plus too and there is huge satisfaction in learning new things. My voluntary work gives me pleasure, satisfaction, people contact and my weeks have structure again! A Win -Win situation for sure.
I found my way to Volunteer Kapiti after I retired (for the second time). I wanted to get more involved in the local community and learn more about what makes Kapiti tick. I hoped to be shown some interesting and fulfilling options and wasn’t disappointed. Best of all, there was one at the heart of the system, with Volunteer Kapiti itself. I jumped at that and really enjoy meeting all the volunteers and the challenge of finding the right roles for each of them. And working with a great team helps, naturally.
Kāpiti Community Governance Mentor Programme Volunteer Coordinator
Mark has lived on the Kāpiti Coast for eight years and enjoys the relaxed lifestyle. Mark and his partner recently returned from over two years volunteering in East Timor which gave him a very different perspective on life and a passion for utilising his skills and experience to help local communities. He has his own management consulting business but is moving into semi-retirement (or trying to!) helped by highly rewarding work in the community through Volunteer Kāpiti.
After many years of living and working around the world, my wife and I moved to New Zealand, and settled on the Kāpiti Coast approximately 10 years ago. Over the years of my retirement I have been a volunteer for a number of charities, and this I am pleased to say will now continue with Volunteer Kāpiti.
Volunteer Advisor (Supported Volunteering)
As a recent returner to beautiful Aotearoa, I am delighted to have joined Volunteer Kāpiti to help local organisations develop supported volunteering roles that are suitable for volunteers who may need a little extra assistance. I am passionate about the benefits of inclusive volunteering, where individuals can learn and develop new skills, make friends, and take part in social activities that promote wellbeing. Our region offers many opportunities for people to get engaged in volunteering and I am looking forward to promoting these to our wonderful communities on the Kāpiti Coast.
Amy has been an active member of the Wellington and Kapiti volunteer communities for more than 15 years. Her volunteer experience ranges across adult literacy, environmental sustainability, English language teaching, and support for vulnerable young New Zealand families.Amy’s professional background is in policy and planning, mostly in the public sector.
Sue has a background in human resources and business consulting as well as governance experience in the not-for-profit sector. Sue managed her own consulting company for over fifteen years and was a board member for the Wanganui Learning Centre for seven years. She is passionate about the opportunity to support the community through the valuable work that Volunteer Kāpiti does.
Michelle has spent most of her career as a remuneration consultant working with organisations across New Zealand, including many in the not-for-profit sector. She is currently a member of the leadership team at Strategic Pay, managing the Central Region and the Wellington consulting team. She provides advice in reward strategy and policy design, pay structure design, director fees, job analysis, job mapping and job evaluation. Michelle lives in Wellington and spends her weekends at Waitarere Beach. It means a lot of her time is spent in the Kāpiti region, so she is keen to support the wider Kāpiti community.
Jaki has lived and worked until recently, as a Careers Coach for the past 15 years within Kāpiti. She has a Masters degree in Social Work and has spent her career in various communication and HR roles. Jaki has been involved in many volunteer positions over the past 30 years, starting as a Youth Worker in her 20’s through to her more recent roles as a Challenge for Change mentor and at Ngā Manu Nature Reserve. Apart from her volunteer activities Jaki now concentrates on growing her art practise from her home studio in Paraparaumu Beach.
Chris has a diversity of experience ranging from running his own franchise, regional marketing and event management, relationship and project management. He has volunteered as a mentor helping vulnerable young Māori and Pacific adults to navigate their world. He is currently part of a special projects team with the Ministry of Health, working to accelerate the rebuild of NZ's Mental health infrastructure. He has recently moved to Kāpiti and is excited to contribute towards building a strong community through Volunteer Kāpiti.
Ella has lived on the Kāpiti coast for all 17 years of her life. She is currently a year 13 student and head girl at Paraparaumu College. Ella has always immersed herself in the community; she has been on the Kāpiti Coast youth council for over two years, Board of Trustees representative at her college in 2021 and coordinated community service groups in our community and in school. She has volunteered for Volunteer Kāpiti in the past and is passionate about the cause.
I feel very privileged to help with the governance of such an important organisation. My background is in accounting along with 20 years working and studying NFP management and governance. My passions are diverse and range from family, touring the world on motorbikes, training therapy dogs
and trying to live by the mantra of putting more in than you take out. My wife and I intend to make old beach Waikanae our retirement home and look forward to helping the Kāpiti community.