ABOUT COMMUNITY NETWORKS
Community Networks Wanaka is your local resource hub for social well-being services governed by the Alpine Community Development Trust. Being part of the community is an essential element of our overall well-being.
We aim to
- inform people of available support services
- connect people to these available support services
- coordinate community support services.
Our vision is that Upper Clutha people are able to thrive, not just survive. Our mission is to provide a community development hub that coordinates, connects, and enables community wellbeing in the Upper Clutha.
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MEET THE TEAM
Community Networks is run by three staff members and many volunteers.
- Kate Murray, Manager of Community Networks
- Nova Knippers, Office Coordinator
- Kim Baker, Office Support
Raewyn Curin has been appointed chairperson of the Alpine Community Development Trust. Raewyn bought her property in Queensberry 3 years ago and is loving the semi rural lifestyle after living in Auckland. Raewyn had a long career in radiology and worked in both clinical and managerial roles for Auckland District Health Board. Raewyn was appointed to the registration board for medical radiation technologists by the minister of health and spent 10 years on the board, 8 as chair. This coincided with the introduction of new legislation covering all health professions.
Raewyn is pleased to join the ACDT as the organisation moves into new premises which will result in changes to the operation of the Trust.
Wayne Hudson is a semi-retired technology lawyer who moved to Wanaka five years ago. Wayne has been actively involved with the CUBE in Wanaka and was recently appointed a Trustee of Startup Queenstown Lakes. In 2017, he joined the LINK UC steering committee and has now agreed to take up a role as a Trustee of ACDT.
PETER HUMPHREY (TREASURER)
Peter Humphrey has been a Trustee since May 2016, and is currently carrying out the role of treasurer. Originally from Dunedin, Peter has been living in Wanaka since 2003. He is a member of CAANZ (Chartered Accounts Australia & New Zealand) and works closely with a number of local firms and community groups in the role of business services manager at Findex. Outside of work, Peter has an interest in travel, and enjoys studying foreign languages (Spanish and French). He is also a longstanding member of Wanaka Communicators (Toastmasters), where he has previously served on the executive as treasurer.
Meg Bryant has been a Trustee since February 2016 and brings 22 years of experience in the mental health and social services sector holding a variety of roles. Meg currently works in a private practice as a Counsellor and Family Therapist, as well as consulting for not-for-profit organisations specialising in funding, policy and organisational development. Meg was the co-founder of the Queenstown Lakes Family Centre which she managed for 10 years, firstly as Clinical Manager and later as General Manager.
She has sat on several community organisation boards in the Queenstown Lakes District and is committed to community development and wellbeing. She lives in Wanaka with her 3 children and enjoys fishing, paddle-boarding and snowboarding.
Tegan Hall has been a part of Community Networks since she arrived in Wanaka in April 2015. Having assisted with many of the services that we deliver, Tegan brings her enthusiasm and operational understanding to the board of Trustees, which she joined in November 2017.
Outside of Community Networks, Tegan is a lawyer with Wanaka Law where she helps local people with their personal and business legal needs. Tegan otherwise spends her time improving her mountain biking, skiing and grasp of the Czech language.
Rebecca joined the Trust in 2017 and gets a great deal of satisfaction from being part of such an important community asset.
Rebecca has lived in Wanaka since 2009 and works as a lawyer at Fyfe Karamaena where she specialises in property and commercial law. Rebecca has two young children and is mindful of the challenges of living in what many perceive as a privileged community, she sees her role as Trustee as an opportunity to use her skills to help ensure Wanaka remains a fabulous place for ordinary people to live.
Rebecca is also the Treasurer of the Luggate Community Association and she enjoys the contact with a broad range of people that comes with her involvement in both the Trust and the Luggate Community Association.
Vicki moved permanently to Hawea from Dunedin two and a half years ago, after holidaying in the area for many years. She is a registered social worker and currently works for Anglican Family Care. Prior to that she was Practice Manager at Otago Youth Wellness Trust, an organisation that was founded from community need. Vicki is interested in, and believes in grass roots community development.
Further information to come.
Community Networks Wanaka is governed by the Alpine Community Development Trust (ACDT).
The ACDT was established in 2003 as a grassroots charitable Trust, set up to operate Community Networks, our region’s only social wellbeing resource hub. In 2015 the ACDT added community development services to the mix through a three-year grant from the DIA’s Community Development Scheme which birthed LINK Upper Clutha, operating alongside but separately from Community Networks during that time.
Our updated strategic plan now fully includes LINK’s community development objectives as part of its operation. While we maintain the two brands, the same governance body guides the work and we have achieved operational efficiencies. This has enabled ACDT to seamlessly serve its community members across the full community wellbeing spectrum. Community Networks and LINK operate from the Wanaka Community Hub, owned and run by the Wanaka Community House Charitable Trust.
Annual General Meeting 2020