Lisa Eves is our Chair and office coordinator. She grew up on Great Barrier Island, was a student at Mulberry Grove primary school and then also did 3 years of high school through correspondence. Lisa lived in Taranaki for 20 years raising her 2 boys, before returning home in 2010.

Sue Eves was a founding member of the Trust and has been a trustee again since 2012. Before that she was the Family Services Manager for 18 months. She is the mother of 5, to date has 15 grandchildren and is already a great-grandmother. Sue is our Senior Services Coordinator.

Norm Winger grew up on Great Barrier Island. He was a student at Okiwi primary school and also did some of his high school through correspondence. Norm and his wife Fleur lived in Taranaki for 6 years, returned home to help establish the Hillary Outdoors relationship at Orama and then left for Waiheke in 2008 – returning again in 2016. In 2017 Norm joined the AFSG trust board.

Miss Hundred Questions, that is how Ngaire Avery soon got to be known at the Support Group, for always having another question to ask. As a retired school teacher that is perhaps not surprising. Ngaire, a former principal at Otara Primary School, came to the island in 2000, to teach at Mulberry Grove School for three years, couldn’t stay away and has been living permanently here since 2008. Retired or not, for four years she worked for Te Kura supporting local correspondence students with their studies before the Aotea Learning Hub existed. In 2019 Ngaire became our treasurer.

“I joined the Aotea Family Support Group as a trustee [in October 2018], because I believe in community – that everyone of us is important and everybody has a role to play. Our community on Great Barrier is so important because we are isolated, constrained and reliant on each other.” 

Other trustees are Ralph Golaboski (since 2015)Ed Hinson (Oct 2018).

Sue Thompson came to the island over three decades ago, raised a family here and has been working for the Trust since 1999, supporting all aspects of the organisations, including staff and trustees, as Administrator.

Rendt Gorter joined the Aotea Family Support Group in 2012 to organise funding, then took over the role of Family Services Manager. From 2015 to 2018 he was the Manager of the Aotea Family Support Group. He remains on the team as part-time Funding Coordinator.

Kellie Cleave has been our Youth and Family Services Worker. since May 2017.

Keri Lyon became the Youth Activities Coordinator in January 2018.

Photo: Staff and Trustees, Christmas Lunch 2018
(left to right: Rendt, Kellie, Sue, Gael – colleague, Lisa, Sue, Cait, Ralph,
Keri, Fenella – patroness, Ngaire, Maud – patroness, Norm.)