Ko Panguru Ko Papata te maunga, Ko Hokianga te moana, Ko Ngatimanawa te marae, Ko Te Rarawa Te Aupouri te Iwi.
Cecelia was ‘catapulted’ into the world of the disabled as a result of a car accident in 1974. She is tetraplegic and uses a motorised wheelchair.
Since returning to the work force Cecelia has had many varying roles over the years including voluntary work as a tutor and coordinator with the South Auckland Literacy Scheme, fulltime employment working with young adults in various training schemes in South Auckland and with the Human Rights Commission supported by funding through the Mainstream programme.
Much of her involvement in the disabled community has been through Cecelia’s membership with DPA, CCS, TASC, Ripple Trust and her role as a mediator for the Human Rights Commission.
In 1997 she moved to Kerikeri, joined the steering committee which subsequently led to the formation of Tai Tokerau Disability Empowerment and Advocacy Services (TTDEAS) in 2003, now the TIAHO Trust. Cecelia continues to work for the Human Rights Commission from home in Mangonui.
David Senior - Tiaho Trust Board member
David is an elected Community Board member of the Far North District Council. He lives in Kaitaia with his wife.
David has been involved in the disability sector since the early 1990’s and has had many roles including governance based trusts or incorporated societies e.g. Parent to Parent, Tiaho Trust, Far North Disability Resource Centre.
David has been totally blind since the age of 13 years old. He believes strongly in disabled leaders being actively involved in the wider community.
Jeni Claris - Chairperson
I have been working in and around the disability sector for 35 years both here in NZ and in the U.K. I arrived in Whangarei in 1983, working with the community arts council, then the first Women’s Refuge and Rape Crisis Centre in Whangarei. Following this I enjoyed running and owning my own business.
In 1997 I was hit by a cattle truck while riding my horse. This accident left me 40% Impaired on one side of my body. After 3 years of rehabilitation I started a job at CCS with youth and adults. I am currently a committee member of Disabled Persons Assembly Northland. I am interested in working towards social change and human rights.
Kim Silvey - Tiaho Trust Board member
Kia ora, I hail from Whangarei and having lived overseas for some years I am back in my Turangawaiwai.
I have a career background within the health sector - both adult and paediatric nursing. I made the transition to the disability sector following my diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis which resulted in this change: into and with, the disability sector. My opportunities within this sector have exceeded those I anticipated due to its breadth and diversity.
I have worked for and with Tiaho Trust for some time and am passionate about Tiaho's vision and their work towards that goal.
I have a genuine interest in both lowering and eliminating the barriers that those with a disability encounter everyday - from concrete paths and other tangible ones to those of perspective and attitude - the former of which are far easier to eliminate!
I'm proud to be associated with Tiaho and their passion for doing what we all know is right...for everyone.
Jonny Wilkinson - Chief Executive Officer
Jonny has a unique combination of disability sector knowledge, business skills and first hand experience of disability issues. He has Cerebral Palsy, and lives in Whangarei with his wife and two children. Jonny completed a postgraduate business diploma in Information Systems in 1995 at the University of Auckland. On completion of his diploma, he worked as a computer consultant developing and marketing his own software package for lawyers, “Law n Order”.
Prior to becoming CEO of Tiaho Trust he spent three years in management positions with two key organisations within the Northland disability sector. He has also served on the National Executive Committee of DPA. Over this time, he has developed strong strategic planning and people management skills, and an innovative approach to problem solving.
Arlene Carter - PA to CEO
Kia Ora my name is Arlene Carter and I am lucky enough to be Jonny’s (CEO) Personal Assistant. I have recently returned to Whangarei having been away from the area for over six years. During that period I worked for the Western BOP District Council as an EA to the Customer Services Manager, taking minutes for Te Komiti Maori and the usual EA duties, did a short term contract with a company as a Property Surveyor assessing the Housing NZ houses in Tauranga and Invercargill. I also worked in Western Australia for three years during that period, for a Shire (Council) as a Community Development/Youth/Grants Officer. In this role I had a lot to do with Event Management and Inclusion. While I enjoyed my role and time in Australia, there is no place like home.
On my return to NZ, I spent four months complete with tent, fishing rod and a cheap car travelling around the South Island enjoying our own country, meeting some awesome people and catching some seriously tasty fish.
Having previously been a volunteer Ambulance Officer in Whitianga for five years and my mother having passed away with MND, my father and myself have hearing problems, I have a sound understanding of the challenges disabled people face.
At Tiaho Trust we are here to help your organisation, whanau or you as an individual, so please pop in or give us a call.
Phone: 09 430 3406
Leah Petersen - DIAS Outreach Co-ordinator
I am a local Northlander and have worked in the disability sector for many years since my middle child was born with a Profound hearing loss. Encouraged and empowered by seeking the knowledge I needed I set off on the journey of ensuring she would have the best possible education and social outcome. That led on to me Teacher Aiding for ten years, then five years Administrator for the National Parent’s of Deaf Children and then two years with Parent to Parent. I have been a Board of Trustee for Kelston Deaf Education for the last ten years and am on the Northland Advisory Board for B4 Schools.
My work takes me into the Mid North and Far North on a weekly basis. I help promote the 15 Disability groups in Tiaho’s Northland Disability Information Advisory Services (DIAS) Collective and network with other Community Groups or organisations in the Mid and Far North. My primary role is to support effective referrals to the Collective or other organisations.
Being able to contribute to the improvement of the health and wellbeing of people with a disability and be responsive to their needs by providing access to information and services they don’t know about makes my work very rewarding.
I encourage you to use my service, to ask any question about disabilities and my promise is that I will find the answer for you or put you on to the appropriate people.
Phone: 021 1211 867
Sheryl Kibblewhite - Website Administrator
I live just north of Whangarei enjoying a quiet country life on a small block. My own experience of disability gives me a good insight into the challenges faced by those people whose mobility is impaired, on a daily basis, as well as the reduced ability to undertake tasks or activities that were once taken for granted.
At Tiaho Trust we work together to support and value the impaired or disabled members of our community. We promote inclusion at all levels, bringing information and empowerment to people, encouraging them to improve their lives by setting goals and aspirations for their future.
Having worked for Tiaho Trust since early 2010, I have had varying roles, before moving into the role of Website Administrator. This is a job that is diverse, interesting and challenging. Managing the content on the Tiaho website involves writing articles and gathering information together that would be of interest, and useful, to the disability community in Northland. We also have an Events Calendar that keeps people informed of upcoming meetings and social events.
If you or the organisation that you work with would like to share something on our website please contact me.
Phone: 09 430 3406
Stephen Sanford - Office Manager
My family and I have lived in Northland most of our lives. After obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Auckland University I have worked in a variety of accounting/financial roles. I have a head injury from a car accident. The subsequent lifestyle re-evaluation which occurs to all people when exposed to change has lead to a continuation of an active and rewarding life.
Phone: 09 430 3406