Our Trustees

Myra Dick - Trustee at Te Korowai Trust Nelson

Myra Dick - Trustee

(Kai Tahu)

  • Diploma in Business Management: Māori Health (Ucol)
  • Poupou Matauranga Tikanga (Whare Wananga o Raukawa)
  • Community Workers Certificate
  • Healthcare Auditing Certificate
  • Budget Advisor Supervisor 

Myra has been a Trustee since 2014 after finishing as the Manager at Whakatu Te Korowai Manaakitanga Trust where she managed Health and Social Services for 19 years and was instrumental in developing a team of workers who are now highly skilled and qualified professionals. She is an experienced governor within the health and social service sector with a passion for wellness of all people in the community and has a commitment to incorporating Māori Tikanga with best practice and business models of community services, having qualifications in Poupou Matauranga Tikanga and Tikanga within Supervision.

Our Staff

Robyn Parkes - Manager at Te Korowai Trust

Robyn Parkes - Manager

  • Certificate in Budget Advising
  • Certificate in Supervision for Budget Advisers (NZFFBS)
  • Certificate in Information Industry
  • Certificate in Principles of Record Management

Robyn has a background in many years working in Social Services and brings a wealth of experience to her position as Manager. She also provides one to one support to clients/whānau with financial difficulties and co-ordinates the work of other financial advisors. 


Sandy Fretwell - Whanau Social Worker at Te Korowai Trust

Sandy Fretwell - Whānau Social Worker

  • Batchelor of Social Work degree 
  • Certificate in He PapaTikanga (Mātauranga Māori) 
  • LIFE keeper for suicide prevention 
  • Trauma informed & Strength based practice. 
  • This year’s study: Poupu Huia Te Reo 1 ( Hōkainuku) 

Sandy brings her experiences and knowledge of policies & procedures from previously been immersed in several South Auckland Oranga Tamariki sites.  

She is passionate about empowering & strengthening whanau to flourish and supports whanau navigating the Oranga Tamariki processes & journey. 


Donna McKinnon - Financial Mentor & Street Initiative Co-ordinator at Te Korowai Trust

Donna McKinnon - Financial Mentor & Street Initiative Co-ordinator

  • 20+ years educational support worker

Actively supported at National Junior Kapa Haka for 3 national campaigns, held every 2 years. Supervisor for After School and Holiday programs.

A change in direction brings Donna to Te Korowai Trust as a Financial Mentor & Street Initiative Co-ordinator.


Daniela Burlando - Financial Capability Mentor at Te Korowai Trust

Daniela Burlando - Financial Capability Mentor

  • Honours degree in Economics and Business
  • Certificate in Computing - Level 3
  • Qualified Financial Mentor - Financial Mentoring Introductory Course (FMIC)

Daniela has a background in banking, accounting and management, with more than 15 years' experience. She is passionate about supporting whānau towards their financial awareness and independency. She has a Goals oriented approach, with a strong focus on empowering whanau making their own choices.


Leza Barnes - Whanau Ora Navigator at Te Korowai Trust

Leza Barnes - Whānau Ora Navigator

(Ngāti Kahungunu)

  • Qualified Financial Mentor - Financial Mentoring Introductory Course (FMIC)
  • National Certificate in Tamariki Ora - Well Child Services
  • National Certificate in Employment Skills
  • Certificate in Communication Skills
  • Certificate in Team Building and Relationship Skills

Leza has many years’ experience working in Health and Social Services within Whakatu. She is passionate to support whānau to be their optimum selves through recognising their collective strength and capability to achieve better lifestyle outcomes.



Chevelle Davies - Mokopuna Ora Navigator (Motueka)

Chevelle Temaui Davies – Mokopuna Ora Navigator (Motueka)

(Ngati Porou)

• 10+ years supporting Te Kōhanga Reo Movement 
• Business Administration Certificate 
• Te Reo Maori Certificate – Te Rito o Te Reo 

Chevelle brings to her role a passion for whānau to succeed, to confidently participate in Te Ao Māori, giving our pēpē the best start in a world that has many different dynamics, she is an advocate for making good positive change & believes within community connections there is a balance for life’s choices.  She has experience in leadership and parenting with the importance of providing a supportive & safe environment.

“Me mahi tahi tātou te oranga o te katoa” - We must all work as one for the wellbeing of all


Shannon Kerr - Kairangahau a Whānau at Te Korowai Trust

Shannon Kerr - Kairangahau a Whānau

(Ngāti Kahungunu ki te wairoa) 

  • Registered Diversional Therapist
  • Diploma in Social Services
  • Certificate in Health & Wellbeing
  • Certificate in Māori Business Management
  • Currently studying Certificate in Te ara reo Māori

Shannon has worked in healthcare for the past 20 years and is excited about making the move to social services. She is passionate about working alongside whānau and strengthening connections for tamariki.


Marama Mapu - SuperGrans coordinator/ Kaimahi Support at Te Korowai Trust

Marama Mapu - Maara Kai/Super Skills Aotearoa Coordinator

(Ngāti Kahungunu)

  • Business Administration Course
  • Certificate in Computing

Marama enjoys working with whanau in the community and helping them to achieve their goals and inspirations in the Maara kai group and SuperGrans programme.


Andre Snijders - Financial Capability Mentor at Te Korowai Trust

Andre Snijders - Financial Capability Mentor

  • Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Support Work) Level 3
  • Financial Mentor- Financial Mentoring Introductory Course (FMIC)


Jennifer Sasa - Whanau Ora Navigator

Jennifer Sasa - Whānau Ora Navigator

Libby Norgare - FASD Navigator

Libby Norgate - FASD Navigator

Libby is passionate about providing support for those who deal with the complexities of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Libby has always had a heart for people, this is what had drawn her towards this role.

She looks forward to seeing the changes this role will make in the community.