Amy Irvine is a passionate social justice advocate who is committed to seeing communities thrive. Born in Gqeberha, South Africa and raised in Tāmaki Makaurau, she has participated in her local and wider community ever since High School when first joining the Upper Harbour Youth Council. She is a strong proponent for community-led change and making use of the wealth of knowledge within community groups.
Currently a Bachelor of Law (Honours) and Global Studies student at the University of Auckland, Amy is eager to apply her learning for the benefit of others. Amy has represented rangatahi at Auckland Council on their Youth Advisory Panel and Climate Change Working Group. She is actively involved with several community organisations focusing on upholding Te Tiriti, sustainability, and creating equitable outcomes across Aotearoa.
Di (Te Uri o Ngai Tara ki Mua Ūpoko o Te Ika me Ngati Raukawa ) commutes to her hometown of Taitoko (Levin) to undertake the role of Chief Executive at Muaūpoko Tribal Authority, after having a corporate career in banking and finance with some SOE time in the mix. A Leadership NZ and Harvard Leadership Programme alumni, Di believes she’s exceptionally lucky that being Māori and working for her iwi in a kaupapa Māori environment automatically sets her up to be in a mindful leadership kaupapa. ”I believe strongly in social justice and servant leadership. Always have. To be an authentic leader requires being open to possibility no matter the challenges and barriers – and always putting people first. I hold dear the whakatauki, He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata.”
On top of her job, Di serves on a number of Alliance, governance and community forums.
Yun joins the IC board with incredible energy and a diversity of skills. An innovative and strategic director with a demonstrated history of working in the import/export industry as well as the non-profit sector, she currently runs her own business. Yun has worked in government roles and served on DHBs for a variety of community-led projects, as well as a counsellor for Lifeline, and with Te Ahi Kaa, a kaupapa Māori social enterprise servicing the South Auckland Māori community.
With a real passion for community change, Yun is keen to connect Inspiring Communities into different groups and sectors. Yun is of Chinese descent and lives in Auckland.
Analiese Enoka Robertson
Analiese is of Cook Islands descent, from the villages of Puaikura and Te Au o Tonga, and is the Professional Development and Networks Manager for Adult and Community Education (ACE) Aotearoa. Analiese has an extensive background in tertiary education and community development. Her career boasts only experience of working within Tiriti-based organisations [since 2005] and the community voluntary sector. A graduate of the Institute of Directors governance training, Analiese is currently on the Board for Community Research, and is the Chair of the Pacific Peoples Caucus for Ako Aotearoa and a member of the Ako Aotearoa Board. Analiese has contributed to the development of ACE research, policy and strategies in tertiary education, providing a voice for the sector both nationally and internationally, and has held a number of community, tertiary and government agency advisory roles. She is also actively involved with a number of community organisations with a focus on capability building, infrastructure support, transformation, change leadership and succession planning. This includes leading a Pacific capability contract with Foundation North [since 2016] that has developed NGO capability for over 100 Pacific community groups and Charities in Auckland and the Far North. Her attested community role includes working nationwide with Māori and Pacific communities, using lifelong learning as a vehicle for transformative change.
A signature success is her role is organising and designing of an annual Māori and Pacific professional development, Hui Fono, which has reached over 1,000 community leaders and educators involved in social, health, education, faith-based and indigenous work with the goal of building capability so that communities are better off.
Min grew up among both her mother’s people Ngā Paerangi of Kaiwhaiki marae Whanganui and her father’s people Ngāti Konohi of Whāngārā marae Gisborne. Her understanding of the world has been shaped by her early and lifelong experiences in and around these two marae with extended whānau. Mātauranga – learning about ancestors, mahi – roles and responsibilities, manaaki – caring, hauora – hygiene, haumaru – safety and tiaki – support have all been a part of growing up around the marae. Min’s early professional background started in the woolsheds, where she developed strong work ethics around being reliable, working as a team and pushing your potential, i.e. sweating!
After graduating from Waikato with a degree in Māori she worked for Iwi for ten years before moving into the public sector. She has held various senior roles at Southland DHB, and the Ministries of Education, Social Development and Oranga Tamariki. During which time she gained a master’s degree in management from Victoria.
Min has seen positive initiatives grown out of and inspired by community, whānau and hapū but sadly also the demise of these as a result of racism and not understanding te ao Māori. She’d like to support whānau and hapū led initiatives and contribute at a board level towards advice and decisions that help to keep whānau positive and motivated.
Chris graduated as an Aeronautical Engineer in the UK and spent the early part of his career working in the aerospace and defence industries in procurement, production planning, and operations management roles.
He and his wife, Meg, fell in love with New Zealand during an all too short holiday in 2000. A year later they emigrated with their two daughters, Fiona and Rebecca. Since arriving he has worked in the healthcare, insurance, and transport industries in various commercial and strategic roles. He was also privileged to be chair of his professional body in NZ (Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply) for three years, and is currently in a strategic development role at Auckland Transport.
Chris grew up as a “Forces kid” where it was easy to become accustomed to not putting down roots anywhere; to remain only loosely connected to the community. Recent exposure to a community-led initiative in Northland inspired him to ground his passion for New Zealand in the work of Inspiring Communities.
Steve has had a career in the police for 22 years based in Christchurch. From 2012 to 2016 he was Sergeant in charge of the Riccarton Neighbourhood Policing Team. The Prevention First approach to policing was used to successfully reduce crime and to build community ownership and cohesion in the area. This approach changed how Steve saw policing and helped to fuel a passion for the prevention first approach.
He has received accolades for the work he did in this area – receiving a Police commendation and most recently a Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship.
Steve is currently on extended leave from the police and is working on a Post Graduate course at Canterbury university. He’s studying Leading Collaborative Partnerships. Steve is passionate about community-led development and has seen first hand how such initiatives can lead to stronger communities.
Donna is a values-driven leader providing strategic and thought leadership to social and economic issues. She is an economist with over twenty years of experience as a researcher, policy analyst and manager working across quantitative data and qualitative evidence. Donna has extensive knowledge of the machinery of government, as well as a solid understanding the community sector, and the factors that contribute good outcomes for New Zealanders. Much of her professional work has centred on working for better outcomes for disadvantaged groups.
Donna came to New Zealand from Canada 18 years ago, and she has worked in Ministries of Education, Justice and Science and Innovation and the Children’s Commissioner. She currently leads the Generational Investment Unit at the Ministry of Transport. She brings her background in strategic policy, community social and economic development, human-centred design and collaboration to all she does.
Donna lives with her husband and teenager in Johnsonville. She joined the Inspiring Communities Board in 2016 and has been Chair since 2017.