Governance

Kimberley Kilgour YWCA Aotearoa NZ

Kimberley Kilgour

Co-President

Kimberley is a single mum, recycled fashion enthusiast and all around millennial do-gooder who wants to use the skills and knowledge she has gained to support other young women to succeed.

With a background in local government and Māori strategy and policy,  Kimberley currently works as a Senior Advisor at Te Puni Kōkiri (TPK). She is incredibly passionate about the mahi she does at TPK, in assessing the effectiveness of state sector services for Māori. Kimberley hopes her generation will be the cohort to disrupt the bureaucracy that exists within the public sector, to make way for greater collaboration and innovation that will truly shift the dial for our tamariki.

Kimberley has been part of the governance of the YWCA movement for five years. Her journey with the YWCA started in 2014 when she joined the YWCA Hamilton Board as a Young Woman in Tertiary Education Scholarship recipient. Kimberley has gone on to be Vice-President and then served as President of YWCA Hamilton until December 2018. She is currently Co-President of YWCA Aotearoa.

Kimberley attributes her confidence and fast-tracked career progress to the skills and insights she gained through her board roles with YWCA.  She is passionate about getting more young women exposure to governance and leadership so they too can develop skills to enhance their futures.

Rachel Southee YWCA Aotearoa NZ

Rachel Southee

Co-President

Rachel is an accountant in Wellington and works with SMEs to ensure statutory compliance, as well as identifying opportunities and risks that could impact financial performance. She initially became involved with the YWCA through the YWCA of Hamilton Young Women's Tertiary Education Scholarship and served on the YWCA of Hamilton board, and is a member of the organisation to this day. Rachel joined the YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand as treasurer gifting her knowledge and experience of accounting to support the movement. 

Rachel is committed to growing the YWCA movement through strong governance foundations so that more young women of Aotearoa are empowered to fulfill their dreams. She is excited by the opportunity to contribute to a movement that empowers women to live great lives and the impact on future generations of wahine. 

"I am excited about working with a fantastic team at YWCA Aotearoa New Zealand, learn lots, support one another, and to empower young women across New Zealand."

Te Aue Addison Te-Whare YWCA Aotearoa NZ

Te Aue Addison-Te Whare

Board Member

Te Aue hails from Waitahanui, Taupō and is now residing in Auckland. She has held various roles working across the public sector, including in Treaty settlements, environment and local government policy and strategy. She has been involved in various volunteer women’s collectives throughout university and her early working life and is keen to continue her contribution to advancing women’s rights and interests.

She brings skills and experience that can help support and shape the vision for YWCA particularly in strategic thinking and building creativity and fun into programme design and delivery.

While Te Aue is new to the NGO sector she has been seeking opportunities that foster collective thinking and passion to empower others and affect action in the community. She believes that the YWCA is a platform for change to advance the collective aspirations of women and gender equality.

Te Aue is excited to start her YWCA journey and will bring an enthusiastic rangatahi, wahine Māori and environmentalist perspective to the YWCA governance table.

"I'm really looking forward to starting my journey with the YWCA as the organisation is kaupapa-driven in efforts to empower women.  Bring on the opportunity to collaborate with other passionate women to advance our collective aspirations for Aotearoa"

Sonya Poutai-Struginski YWCA Aotearoa NZ

Sonya Poutai-Struginski

Board Member

Sonya has been an active community leader who has focused significantly on youth issues. With a passion for youth development she has served in the NFP sector as a mentor, advocate and programme co-ordinator for young women as well as an advisor for local government.

Sonya graduated from The University of Auckland with a Bachelor in Education and is committed to seeing young women empowered in their academic ambitions and provided with the necessary supports to do so. Her fundamental beliefs and values are based on developing positive relationships with others and journeying with them to realise and reach their full potential.

In 2000, Sonya began her journey with the YWCA and has remained involved to date. She believes passionately in the vision and strategic priorities of the World YWCA and wants to see them impact as many young women as possible. As a new national board member Sonya is excited at the opportunities ahead for the organisation and is eager to continue the great legacy that is the YWCA.

"I am really excited to have an active role in making the world a better place for young women!"

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Karinia Lee -MInstD

Board Member

Te Akitai, Wai-O-Hua; Te Rarawa

Karinia was born and raised in Auckland, and is of Māori, Chinese and European descent.

She is Chief Executive of NZ Asian Leaders, responsible for overall management of all business affairs; working with diverse leaders,  key stakeholders, managing funding, commercial partnerships, overall business development, sponsorship opportunities, financial accountability and providing tactical direction to the organisation, working with the NZ Asian Leaders Advisory Board to deliver agreed outcomes.  Previous roles over the past two decades have seen Karinia supporting a number of charities and trusts, including Ronald McDonald House Charities, Stella Trust and Piha Surf Life Saving Club.

Karinia has a strong commitment to making a difference in her own back yard and seeks opportunities to utilise her skillset with organisations who play a vital role in our society. This resonates strongly with her personal values, as does the YWCA.

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Wendy Rockhouse

Treasurer

I have been involved with volunteering since an early age when I was a St Johns cadet, Softball Coach, and School Boards.

I was an active member of Zonta Waimakariri for 20 years holding positions on the board which includes President, Treasurer and Chair of most committees at different times. I also served on the District 16 (NZ) Board as an Area Director of the Christchurch and Blenheim clubs.

I resigned from Zonta to join the YWCA Christchurch Board, 3 years ago. Zonta and YWCA have similar Mission statements and values-increasing the status of women through helping women be the best they can be

My interests also include the arts and as such I am on the board of Arts Heart Selwyn Central Arts Council serving as Chairperson/Treasurer and Treasurer for Selwyn Arts Trust.

Currently I am the President of YWCA Christchurch and I look forward to carrying on the legacy of Kate Sheppard who was a member of the YWCA Christchurch board circa 1883.

I have been on the YWCA National A/NZ board for 2 years representing the South Island. I have experience in Governance, Finance and logistics which I bring to the current board. I am passionate in making a better life for women in need and advocating for change.

After a 30-year career with the BNZ in several roles such as Branch Manager, Consultant, Trainer and small business I am now working as a contractor as Campus Manager of a Centre that houses 16 Tech companies employing 250 persons. Apart from looking after the tenants I also run the events centre which is a very engaging role meeting people from all walks of life.