Our Trustees

Tui Hammond - Chairperson for Te Korowai Trust


Tui Hammond - Chairperson
(Ngāti Toa/Ngai Tahu)

  • Diploma in Business
  • Certificate in Time and Motion Study
  • Legal Supervision by Qualified Lawyer
  • Law Service Training

Tui has extensive experience as a successful businessman in the hospitality industry. In recent years, he has made a personal commitment to working to support Māori and the wider community and is employed by the Community Law Service as an advisor. 


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.

Bernie Hay - Trustee at Te Korowai Trust Nelson



Bernie Hay - Trustee

Bernie has had many years’ experience working in the social development sector within the Ministry of Development and brings this knowledge to her position, along with her considerable administrative skills and experience. Bernie also holds the position of Secretary on the Board. 


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. 


Santana Mackey - Social Worker at Te Korowai Trust

Santana Mackey -  Social Worker

(Tainui, Ngāpuhi)

  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Diploma in Māori Studies

Santana is passionate about whānau and community and works from a client focused perspective.


Michelle Trow - Kaiakopono Whanau Co-ordinator at Te Korowai Trust

Michelle Trow – He Mea Nui Ahau / Hapu Mama Kaiawhina

(Atihaunui Apaparangi, Taranaki, Waikato)

  • National Certificate in Te Ara Reo Māori
  • National Certificate in Hauora Māori
  • Diploma in Business
  • Rongoā Māori Practitioner
  • Reiki Practitioner

Michelle is passionate about supporting whānau to discover and make positive changes. Both of Michelle's role’s involve supporting whānau to develop new skills and to achieve goals and aspirations. While providing plans to build their mana and self esteem that assists in their own healing and wellbeing.


Donna McKinnon - Financial Mentor & Street Initiative Co-ordinator

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

Daniela Burlando - Financial Capability Mentor

  • Honours degree in Economics and Business

Daniela has a background in banking, accounting and management. She is  passionate about supporting whānau towards their financial awareness and independency.


Leza Barnes - Whanau Ora Navigator at Te Korowai Trust

Leza Barnes- Whānau Ora Navigator

(Ngāti Kahungunu)

  • National Certificate in Tamariki Ora - Well Child Services
  • National Certificate in Employment Skills
  • Certificate in Communication Skills
  • Certificate in Team Building and Relationship Skills
  • Te Reo Maori Level 1

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.



Shannon Kerr - Kairangahau a Whānau at Te Korowai Trust

Shannon Kerr - Kairangahau a Whānau

(Ngāti Kahungunu ki te wairoa) 

  • National Certificate in Diversional Therapy
  • Certificate in Health & Wellbeing
  • Currently studying Certificate in Maori Business Management

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.


Jessica Diaz Rodriguez - Whanau Social Worker

Jessica Diaz Rodriguez - Whānau Social Worker

  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Certificate in Small Business Management
  • Certificate in Health

Jessica joined the team at Whakatu Te Korowai Manaakitanga Trust to help support, empower and strengthen whānau.


Amber Carrington - Administrator at Te Korowai Trust

Amber Carrington - Administrator/Receptionist

(Ngāi Tahu)

  • Certificate in Business Administration and Technology

Amber grew up in Motueka. She has a military background as a NZ Army Chef and is currently studying for her Certificate in Computing (Intermediate).