SUE WILKS, Trustee
My husband Roger and I moved to Te Puke from Auckland in 2005 where I was a Primary School Teacher and ran a Social Skills Unit. I’m now a Community Pastor at Te Puke Baptist and a Champion in the Family Violence it’s NOT OK campaign. I’m proud to be a Trustee for Empowermentnz and love this phenomenal community of Te Puke. I am excited to see it go from strength to strength as we see organisations collaborating and supporting everyone to be empowered to take a step forward. I dream of the day when there are work opportunities for all and housing solutions that ensure no one is left homeless or without hope.
Sue Wilks BEd, B Theol
VICKI MC NEILL, Trustee
Ko Rangiuru te Maunga (My Mountain is Rangiuru)
Ko Kaituna te Awa( My River is Kaituna)
Ko Tia ratou ko Tapuika, ko Makahae, ko Mokotangatakotahi aku Hapu (My subtribes are)
Ko Tapuika te Iwi (Tapuika is my Tribe)
Ko George Skudder toku Paapaa Noo Tonga ia
Ko Maata Wihapi toku Maamaa No Tapuika, ratou ko Tuhourangi, Waikato, Tuhoe
Ko Vicki Mc Neill toku ingoa
I am a Tangata Whenua, born in Te Puke. My husband Ian and I have 6 children and 9 grandchildren. I was raised with Tapuika and Christian values and beliefs. I work at a Tangata whenua based organisation called Nga Kakano Family Health Services. I am a Koeke Mokopuna Kaitiaki ( Look after Elderly and children) as a Programme Co-ordinater for the Kaumatua and a Social Worker for our Tamariki Ora Nurse to provide advocacy and support for vulnerable whanau (families). My many qualifications in the social work and Maori mental health fields reflect my passion for this sector of our community.
As a Trustee with Empowerment NZ I have a passion to help people/ families who are underpreviledged, marginalised, and vulnerable to provide the advocacy, information, love and support they are required to change their circumstances, discover their identities and pursue their paths to recovery and independance.
CLYDE LANGFORD, Trustee
My wife Carol and I have been part of the Te Puke community and business community for many years now.
Our children and grandchildren are an important part of our daily family life. I am passionate about our town and about business and want to see our community thrive holistically, meeting the needs of the different sectors that make up the unique and special place that Te Puke is. One of my current projects as a Trustee is to facilitate Empowermentnz's vision for transitional housing to be provided in our community.
JUDY ABRAHAMS - Trustee
Judy Abrahams (B Ed) is also a long-standing member of the Te Puke community. Her and her husband taught for many many years at Te Puke High School. Judy has experience on local trust boards and has vast community connections through her outreach and heart for the vulnerable, hungry and homeless.
DEBORAH NICOL - Trustee
I have been part of the Te Puke community since 2000, My husband Fletcher and I have one son, one step son and a foster daughter. I am privileged to be a Trustee of EmpowermentNZ, alongside an amazing team, as well coordinating our social work practice down at the Hub. I am a graduate of Waikato University with my Honours Degree in Social Work and my passion is to see people connected with positive relationships and thriving in life. My experience is in child protection, foster family support, step parenting, social development, therapeutic crisis intervention, trauma informed care, Autism and ADHD, attachment and relationship management. Through our collaboration partners and connections I love to connect you to the right supports that will empower you, inform you and give you a plan of attack.
WHANA BARTON - Foodbank Manager
I was born and raised in Te Puke and have lived here all of my life. I am of Maori descent and am directly linked to the two main Iwi of this area which are Tapuiki and Waitaha. I am very passionate about all things Te Puke and seeing our community thrive. I love the diverse culture our town has and our ability to work together to build a better community. I also enjoy making connections and connecting with people. My goal here at Empowermentnz is to encourage, support and empower positive change in people that are struggling to find direction and purpose.
I was born and raised in Samoa and moved to NZ for educational opportunities and attended University in Auckland. In 2017 my husband and two children moved to Te Puke and are loving it. I am passionate about my Samoan heritage, helping people in need and making a difference in my local community. My background is in Finance and Administration. I currently volunteer at Te Ranga School, the Blood Bank, Omokoroa the Centre and other local charities.