Our people

Executive committee 2016–18


JoJo Taylor, our chairperson is general manager of CAPS Hauraki, has over 30 years experience in the health and social service sectors. She brings with her the knowledge based on her nursing, counselling and management training. She has established networks across the Hauraki and Thames/Coromandel regions. She also brings with her, associations with other national bodies including Jigsaw, with whom CAPS Hauraki works closely as a member.

Andrew Beyer

Andrew Beyer secretary, has been on our executive since 2002 and was chair for six years. He is on the Auckland District Council of Social Services and Manukau East Council of Social Services executives. Andrew lives and works in South Auckland with a community liaison role across the region and local ministry through an Anglican Church in Mangere.

Christine West has been involved in the local Cancer Society on a volunteer basis for the Board Christine Westlast 15 years and trained in supporting Cancer patients through their journey. She has been an executive committee member of Gisborne East Coast Council of Social Services since September 2012. In 2013 the COSS had discussions to change its name to better reflect what it stood for and to open up its membership to all community groups. It is now officially known as Tairawhiti Community Voice (T.C.V) and it was this organisation that commissioned Dr Michael Roguski to undertake the disability abuse research in Tairawhiti. Following on from that, Christine joined the Tairawhiti Disability Working Group in October 2014 and had first-hand experience with aged care issues and as a result has a special interest in advocating for vulnerable adults.  Christine joined the Executive committee of CNA in August 2015 and sees this as a great opportunity for her region to be represented on a national body and their unique perspective to be added to a national voice.

Holly Snape, chief executive of Community Waikato, has worked in the community sector since leaving the University of Waikato in 2004. Her first community role was as manager of a community house in Melville Hamilton.  In this role she was committed to engaging the community, seeking their input to develop holly-snape-655programmes and initiate services that promoted community wellbeing. Since then all her work – both voluntary and paid – has been in the community sector in various capacities, from training dogs to digital literacy, from mental health to access radio. Holly has also continued to provide guest lectures at Waikato University because she sees real value in informing students about the value of the work we undertake in this often invisible sector. Community wellbeing has been Holly’s driving force for more than a decade. She believes in being informed about what is impacting our communities so that we can apply creative solutions to local problems.

Tess Casey, our deputy chairperson is the chief executive of Inclusive NZ,tc an umbrella group for organisations and individuals supporting disabled people into employment and to participate in their communities. Tess is also lead facilitator for organisation development service One Fish Solutions, a member of the Disability Employment Forum and the Education for All Network. Tess previously worked in the areas of communications and community development for over 20 years.

Kaumatua – Te Urikore (Papa Julius) WaengaPapa2

Te manu e kai ana te miro
Nona te ngahere
Te mea e kai ana te matauranga
Nona te ao
Huri noa nga hau e wha
O te motu
Tena koutou katoa

The bird that feast upon miro berry
The forest he owns
The one who feast upon knowledge
The world is his
Turning to the four winds
of this island
Greetings to you all

Ko wai  au. No whea au.
Who am I and where am I from.
My name is Te Urikore Waenga also known as Papa Julius Waenga.  Resided in Wellington almost 50 years Te Whanau-a-Apanui and Ngati Porou are my iwi.  I am also the Kaumatua for Community Networks Aotearoa.  Tena koutou katoa.

Our staff

Ros Rice, our Executive Officer, has worked in the not-for-profit sector for 25 years. In 2007 she moved to Wellington from Dunedin to take the position of Executive Officer of Community NetworksAotearoa (formerly NZCOSS). Ros is active in ComVoices, a sector-led media and promotional organisation as well as a member of an NGO Advisory group to Community Investment; is on the New Zealand Advisory group for Techsoup; is part of the Equality Network and runs a radio programme on the sector on Wellington Access Radio. Ros works closely with the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services as well as working in an advisory capacity to different government departments, especially the Ministry of Social Development.

Lisa Woods joined CNA in the role of Comms and Event Management in 2018.  Lisa has been involved with the Community Sector for a decade and in last five years has worked directly with  NGOs specifically as Director of Every Child Counts.  Previous to that, Lisa was the National Communication Manager of Diabetes NZ.

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