Currently our Board is made up of nine volunteers. They are:
Allie Cunninghame (Co-Chair)
Allie works at the Legal Issues Centre as a Professional Practice Fellow (Otago University) after 10 years practicing in the ligation team at a large national firm. As well as bringing much needed legal expertise to the Board, Allie’s work with corporate and government clients, combined with her passion for social justice, diversity and sustainability, gives her an understanding of and tools to negotiate corporate and government worlds and aids her goal of facilitating positive change, step by step. Allie is on the board of trustees of her son’s Intermediate School and she volunteers at Community Law Otago.
Ta’ase Vaoga (Co-Chair)
Ta’ase (Ngāpuhi, Te Ātihaunui-a-Papārangi and Ngāti Hāmoa) is passionate about effecting positive and lasting change in our communities as evidenced by her work commitment to the social purpose sector. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from being involved in a number of projects and fundraising for organisations like Wellington Rape Crisis, JustSpeak, ActionStation, WWF New Zealand, NZ Book Council, NZ Centre for Gifted Education, Partners Porirua and others in both a voluntary and paid capacity. She now works as Fundraising Manager at Aviva in Christchurch.
Daniel Haines (Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi) stays in Tāmaki Makaurau, and is passionate about democracy, Te Tiriti, education, workers rights, and sustainable development. Daniel works as the Māori Engagement Manager for the America’s Cup; he's also a member of the rūnanga komiti at Unitec and the Public Services Association, where he advocates for Māori students and workers. Previously, Daniel has worked on Treaty settlements at the Auckland Council and has led the students’ unions AUSA and NZUSA.
Phill Coxon is our Treasurer. Phill runs his own internet consulting business in Christchurch and works with the Enspiral group based in Wellington. Phill is passionate about climate change, social justice and democracy. Previously he has held roles as Enspiral Foundation’s Financial Operations Manager, Collaborative Funding Manager, co-founded the Enspiral Operations Team and co-leads Enspiral Lean Lab.
Garth has an extensive nonprofit governance experience. For six years he was national director of a major advocacy group for low-income and disadvantaged people in Australia. He has taught for 18 years in a graduate programme on not for profit leadership, has a keen interest in research-you-can-use, and is widely published on government/nonprofit relations. Garth also brings strong political analysis - he ran a national advocacy nonprofit in Australia; operated in Cabinet minister's office, serviced a Parliamentary inquiry, participated in several government advisory bodies; and managed a government policy unit.
Marianne is a researcher, writer and consultant who advocates for evidence-based solutions to the big challenges facing human rights and democracy. She is the Co-Founder of ActionStation and is currently Co-Director of The Workshop. Trained as a human rights lawyer, Marianne worked in Timor-Leste, New Zealand and the Gaza Strip before going to Afghanistan, where she served in the United Nations.
Niamh has been involved in community leadership and organising in Aotearoa since 2009, with an active focus on campaigning, strategic development, and volunteer management. She is passionate about climate change, issues impacting women and children, and social justice, and in particular, where the three issues meet. Since 2015 she has been based in Auckland as the Executive Director of 350 Aotearoa.
Wendy has extensive experience in the governance of social justice/environmental organisations. She is currently in her final term of chairing Greenpeace New Zealand. Wendy has been a supporter of ActionStation since our inception. Wendy also has years of experience working in the public sector, and through this, knows how change is advocated for and implemented at a government level. She is passionate about science and ethics-based sustainable development and direct democracy work.
Hazel Hape (Ngāpuhi, Ngati Pukenga, Te Arawa) is passionate about Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Ending violence against women and girls, human rights, environment, social change and social justice issues. She has worked 25 years in the non government organisation fields of justice, welfare, health and education that includes Te Wananga o Aotearoa, National Collective of Independent Women's Refuge, Glenn Inquiry independent inquiry into child abuse and domestic violence, National network of stopping violence and Te Whare Tiaki Wahine Refuge Porirua. She lives in Tauranga Moana, Bay of Plenty where she is the General Manager of Tauranga Women's Refuge.