Meet the team


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The team, left to right (front row): Sandra, Viknesh, Judy, Andy, Jovi; (Second row): Dujon, Daynah, Ben, Ani; Top row: Ioana, Gary, Mareta

ANDY MANNERING – COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
andy.mannering@hcc.govt.nz

Andy has been with the Council since 2009, working exclusively in the Community Development area. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History, and entered community development work as a youth worker before progressing to local and national management roles.  Andy's role is to provide leadership and guidance to the Community and Social Development Team and manage various relationships across the city. His role also involves presenting the team's work in regular reports to the Council and its committees. Andy is married to Jo, they have two sons, and his passions include basketball, good food, adventuring and relaxing with family and friends.

JUDY SMALL – DISABILITY ADVISOR
judy.small@hcc.govt.nz​

Judy has been with the Council since 2014, working exclusively in the disability and access areas. She has a Masters of Social Science in Sociology, and worked in voluntary individual advocate roles before her graduation.  She spent 12 years working for government agencies in policy and strategy roles. Judy's role is to provide leadership and engage with the Council staff, the disability community and the public, to raise awareness around accessibility challenges and implement, monitor and review the Council's Disability Policy and its annual Action Plan. Judy has three adult children and four grandchildren. She lives with her partner, and her retired and working guide dogs. Judy is Deputy Chair of the Blind Foundation's Board of Directors and a member of the Waikato DHB Consumer Council.  Her interests include reading, walking with her guide dog and knitting.

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JOVI ABELLANOSA – ETHNIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISOR
jovi.abellanosa@hcc.govt.nz

Jovi has been with Council in the Ethnic Development Advisor role since 2014. She has a Master's Degree in English and a Master in Professional Studies Development Communication. Before coming to New Zealand, she was a university lecturer in the Philippines also involved in Research and Community Development. She was Relationship Manager and coordinated Settlement Support, for the Hamilton Multicultural Services Trust before joining Hamilton City Council. Jovi works with settlement organisations and diverse communities to promote a welcoming and inclusive city where people can participate in the social, cultural and economic life of Hamilton.

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SANDRA LARSEN – FUNDING ADVISOR
sandra.larsen@hcc.govt.nz

Sandra joined the Council in early 2017.  She works across two units within the Council: the Community and Social Development team and the Business and Planning team. Sandra has a 15-year background in funding as a grants assessor and administrator, and submitting grant applications. Her role is to provide funding advice to community groups and staff within the Council, administer the funding the Council distributes to the community and submit funding applications on behalf of the Council for community projects.  Her role also involves working with other funders to facilitate funding workshops, develop funding resources, and organise the bi-annual funding expo.  A key element of her role is building strong relationships with community groups and other funders.  Sandra is married to Dave, they have two children and four grandchildren.  Sandra enjoys reading, photography and is a keen crafter who is currently learning how to face paint.

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FUNGAI MHLANGA - SENIOR COMMUNITY ADVISOR
fungai.mhlanga@hcc.govt.nz ​

Fungai has been with the Council since 2014, working in the Community Development Unit. He has a Masters of Philosophy degree in Health  from Massey University and previously worked in project management with various international development organisations prior to settling in New Zealand. He also has extensive experience working as a health promoter and researcher in diverse communities in the city. Fungai's role includes providing management support to the Community Advisors in the planning and execution of community development projects in Hamilton, as well as being the focal person for the Places of Growth initiatives (Rototuna/Flagstaff, Peacockes and Rotokauri) on behalf of the Community and Social Development Team. Fungai is married to Rosemary and has a daughter (Tanya) and son (Nhlanhla Tadiwa), and his passions include African drumming, community gardening and travelling.

MARETA MATENGA – SENIOR COMMUNITY ADVISOR
mareta.matenga@hamilton.govt.nz

Mareta Matenga was born and raised in Hamilton along with her Cook Islands family.  She raised her only son Marque and married Tapaki Matenga in 2015. Mareta has been working with young people for more than 30 years, in different capacities and joined the Council in 2002 as a Youth Worker.  Mareta loves contributing to the Community Development space and building capacity within Hamilton communities.  She currently is a Senior Community Advisor and will focus on working with the Pasifika communities and supporting the development of the proposed Pan Pacific Hub.  Mareta enjoys cooking, travelling, spending time with family - in particular her grandchildren.

ANI NOCK – COMMUNITY ADVISOR
ani.nock@hcc.govt.nz

Ani has been with the Council since 2008, working in the Community Development team.  Ani was initially based at the Western Community Centre and Crawshaw School in the west of the city, where she has strong connections in the community.  Ani has a Bachelor of Sport and Leisure Studies, and a back ground in youth work.  She has a wide range of knowledge in the sports sector having played touch rugby at an elite level, coaching elite teams and supporting various sport clubs/committees.  Ani has a large amount of experience in event management and has lead a range of community events.  Her role within the Community and Social Development team is to lead the focus area of Tangata Whenua, which focuses on supporting various Maaori projects and organisations.

BEN SCOTT – COMMUNITY ADVISOR
ben.scott@hamilton.govt.nz

Ben joined the Council in 2014 with a background in youth development, sales and product management, and social enterprise development. Ben is part of the Smart Hamilton steering group and is passionate about community-led development and enabling social enterprise to deliver sustainable development for Hamilton. Ben will focus on social housing and working with our partners to ensure people who live in Hamilton have access to safe, accessible, healthy, and affordable homes. Ben is married to Annie, they have two children, Daniel and Emily, and a third on the way, due in mid-2019. Ben wishes to see Te reo Maaori spoken fluently in his home in the future and has recently found a love for long distance running as a way to focus on his hauora.

DAYNAH ERIEPA – COMMUNITY ADVISOR
daynah.eriepa@hcc.govt.nz

Daynah joined the Council in August 2018, working in the Community and Social Development team. She has a Bachelor of Management Studies, with majors in Public Relations, Public Policy and Events. Before joining the Council, Daynah was involved in many non-profit organisations in both the Waikato and Wellington regions, and this led to her interest in community development. She also has an interest in Maaori development, and is involved in different kaupapa in the rangatahi space. Daynah’s focus in the team is civic engagement, which focuses on increasing the numbers of residents who participate in the democratic process. Daynah loves road trips, camping, live music and animals, and her favourite TV show is The Block Australia. ​​

DUJON CULLINGFORD – COMMUNITY ADVISOR
dujon.cullingford@hcc.govt.nz

Dujon is working in the youth suicide prevention space for the Council supporting central government and local suicide prevention strategies being implemented. His role is about enabling healthy communities where youth at risk of suicide can live full lives of value. Coming from a strong youth and community background, he has worked extensively with local organisations and individuals to organise community projects and initiatives before joining the Community and Social Development team in 2017. Dujon is married, has two children, and is heavily involved with the arts in New Zealand.

IOANA MANU – COMMUNITY ADVISOR
ioana.manu@hcc.govt.nz

Ioana joined the Council in 2002 and has extensive experience working with social services, community development and she has a wide network base within key stakeholders.  She is completing her Bachelor of Social Science in Psychology.  Ioana's key focus areas is sustainable development, ensuring that Hamilton City Council meets the environmental, economic, social and cultural needs of Hamilton City.  She has a multi-cultural background which supports her to work across a wide and varied range of people.  Ioana appreciates working for an organisation that values high performance and works towards improving quality of life, health and wellbeing for communities.  Ioana enjoys shopping, walking, socialising and travelling.  One of her favourite TV programmes is Grand Designs.

VIKNESH MAHADEVAN – COMMUNITY ADVISOR
viknesh.mahadevan@hcc.govt.nz

Viknesh has been with Council since 2016, first as a Safety Officer and then, seconded for six months to HCC Civil Defence Emergency Management’s team as their Community Engagement Coordinator. Prior to his move to New Zealand in 2013, he was a Vice Principal in a primary school in Malaysia, with 25 years of teaching experience. Vik’s focus area is community safety and resilience. His role is to make Hamilton an attractive place to live where people feel safe and secure, that the communities are prepared, and can look after one another during times of an emergency and recover from it. Vik is married to Karo and they love the east coast, especially Whitianga. He loves cooking, fishing and field hockey.​

GARY HO  COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT
gary.ho@hcc.govt.nz

Gary has been with the Council since 2018. He was born and raised in Hong Kong. He has a Master of Social Sciences in Political Science and International Relations with First Class Honour from the University of Waikato and previously worked in the Waikato Museum before he joined the Community and Social Development team in July 2019. He also volunteers extensively in refugee support and community services with various organisations in Hamilton. As the Community Development Assistant, Gary provides support to the team internally and externally such as network meetings, events, administration, and equipment hire. His key focus area is Central City Activation. Gary is now living with his partner, Rachel, and he enjoys movies, Netflix, basketball, football, YouTubing, sport cars, online clothes and sneakers shopping, and jazz music. ​

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