Porirua City Community IT Educational Trust Board
Over the past four decades, Chris has built successful careers in graphic design, book publishing, and ICT in New Zealand, Australia, United States, UK, Singapore and Dubai. He is the current Chair of the Trust.
Through his company Ground Zero he has provided strategic planning, marketing and business support services to companies and organisations in New Zealand and overseas.
More recently, Chris has managed economic development programmes for the Wellington region and Porirua City. He is currently My Whenua Product Owner at Te Tumu Paeroa, the Wellington-based office of the Māori Trustee.
Pro bono work has included governance roles with Wellington Xiamen Association, China and New Zealand Business Council, and Emerge Supported Employment Trust. Chris is currently Co-chair of Wellington San Francisco Society and President of New Zealand China Cross-border Electronic Commerce Foundation.
Chris has tertiary qualifications in history, marketing and international relations. In his spare time, Chris is also a craft bookbinder and maintains an online bookbinding website.
Douglas has been associated with e-Learning activities in the Porirua area over a number of years - mainly through his role as ICT Consultant at the Ministry of Education in Wellington, where he was involved in a wide range of digital initiatives in schools.
On a wider cross-government approach, he has worked with a range of public sector agencies on various cyber-strategies (broadband, cybersecurity, digital literacy), and has represented the New Zealand Ministry of Education at a range of national and international e-learning events. He is a Trustee of Wellington ICT and eDay New Zealand.
In his day
Executive Project Manager (Since Oct 2011)
Board Member since 2009 - to date.
Previously a secondary teacher and secondary school principal.
Principal Aotea College (Porirua) 2008 - 2011.
Principal Piopio College (King Country) 2002 - 2007.
In his time off he loves to go sea kayaking, fishing, boating, skin diving or walking. He also enjoys reading about politics, economics, human rights and environmental issues. He is passionate about addressing issues of inequality and injustice.
Martyn Newman-Hall was born in England. He emigrated to New Zealand in 1978 and has lived within Porirua City for the whole time. He spent the majority of his working life in IT – initially as a technologist but soon after moving into management – project and programme - followed by roles as general manager, managing director and delivery executive – primarily delivering applications development and support services to major New Zealand government departments and corporations.
In 2008 he decided to leave the corporate life and became a consultant, providing organisational and IT services - primarily advising companies on how they could better structure and lead themselves to deliver efficient outcomes to their clients and stakeholders.
Time spent working as General Manager at Swimming New Zealand and with a group providing vocational rehabilitation services to ACC clients has given him good insight into working in the not-for-profit sector and with disadvantaged members of our community.
Janine has been a board member since 2017 and has been involved in Education within Porirua for many years.
She is passionate about community and foundation education and about removing barriers to allow people from all aspects of life to access education.
Working across Whitireia and WelTec as Head of Learner Pathways and Support, Janine has the privilege of working with a wide range of students, all of whom are at some stage in their life-long journey of education.
She lives in Tawa, has two teenage sons, and makes good use of the Rangituhi Hills with walking and cycling the paths
Geoff is a recent addition to the Board, joining in 2019. A resident of Titahi Bay, he is a former Co-Chair of the Titahi Bay Beach Festival, and a former Secretary of the Titahi Bay Community Group.
He is also a member of the Board of Te Ara Moana, a program that provides a chance for local kids in Porirua to learn how to be safe on the water, whether in a kayak, sailboat or otherwise, using local waterways to build confidence and resilience both on and off the water.
Geoff still remembers his first computer, a second-hand laptop, and was old enough to see the birth of the World Wide Web into the mainstream. A graduate of both the University of Waikato (Master of Science) and Victoria University of Wellington (Graduate Diploma of Arts), Geoff’s connection with technology was founded as a child, tinkering in his Dad’s shed.
Amongst his many pursuits, he likes to restore and upcycle vintage valve radios.
Former Trustees and currently friends of the Trust
(With bios current at the time they served on the Trust)
Graham Kelly is the founding member of the Porirua City Community IT Educational (or e-Learning) Trust which he established with Trustee Phil Major. It was registered on 1 June 2001.
He retired as Chairman of the Board in 2019 after giving 20 years of service.
Graham was a Parliamentarian for 16 years, from 1987-2003. He represented the Electorates of Porirua for 9 years and Mana for 6 years and was a Labour List MP for one more year before retiring and being appointed New Zealand's High Commissioner to Canada, Barbados, Guiana, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica for 3 years from 2003.
Graham set the founding principles of the Trust to provide home computers for low-income families without a job or a computer, to give them skills to assist them in obtaining employment. The Trust provided computers to 24 low decile schools in Porirua City to increase the students’ education attainment levels.
Wendy has always had a strong desire to see many more connections taking place within Porirua. She believes that e-Learning and its relationship with all aspects of Our Porirua provides a real opportunity to increase connectedness throughout the city. Working with e-Learning since 2001 satisfies two of the things that give her the greatest pleasure, meeting people and writing. Her enthusiasm and positive spirit is contagious. She unconsciously uses all her meetings, engagement, writing and online communications to break down the kinds of barriers that hold communities in little pockets and, in doing so, brings people together. She resigned from the Trust at the end of 2020 after giving 20 years of service.
Wendy is a member of the Rotary Club of Plimmerton, a Paul Harris Fellow with Sapphire Pin, was its President in 2000 and an Assistant Governor of the District in 2001. She was District Training Convenor and Facilitator for five years from 2002 and coordinated the District Rotary Youth Leadership Award Programme from 2011-2013. Through her company, Lasting Impact, she has been delivering training and development workshops for over twenty years.
Wendy is an author and her book, ‘it’s your thoughts that count' – 'how to use your thoughts to transform your life’ has won a global e-book Award. It’s based on the experience she has gained from training leaders and managers in many aspects of communication.
Hon. Winnie Laban is a resident of Porirua City and lives in Titahi Bay. She was a List Member of Parliament from 1999. She represented the Mana Electorate from 2002 until she resigned in 2010 to take up a position as Assistant Vice Chancellor Pacific at Victoria University.
She was born in Wellington and educated at Wellington Girls College.
Some of her achievements include:
- Graduated with a degree in Social Work from Victoria University.
- Completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Development Studies from Massey University.
- Worked as a family therapist and community development worker, focusing particularly on the Pacific Island community in New Zealand.
In Parliament she became:
- Minister of Pacific Island Affairs
- Minister of the Community & Voluntary Sector
- Associate Minister of Social Development, Economic Development and Trade.
She was awarded the Queens Service Order in 2011.
Pamela Meekings-Stewart joined the Board of the e-Learning Porirua in 2008 and resigned in 2014. She was a Board member of NZ On Air for six years and a member of The Film and Literature Board of Review for seven; a member of the Television Advisory Committee of the NZ Broadcasting School; and a Consultant to the Short Film Fund of the New Zealand Film Commission.
She has been a management consultant, training provider, project manager, event manager, a TV/video production tutor and an independent Producer/Director since 1989. She is a trained Investment Logic Mapping facilitator and designs and delivers seminars on human resources management, staff motivation,
Meekings-Stewart has managed several projects for Porirua City Council. She was the Event Manager for the Launch of the Digital Porirua Initiative with Hewlett Packard and has produced 7 videos as part of PCC’s business initiatives. She was appointed Project Manager for the Digital Porirua Project in December 2009 consolidating and creating Community Access Points, scoping and piloting the Digital Porirua Learning Network and providing other services as required by the contract with Department of Internal Affairs’ Community Partnership Fund.
Some of his many achievements include the following:
- BCA from Victoria University and a number of graduate certificates from the Mount Eliza Business School in Melbourne;
- Past President of The Plimmerton Rotary Club (Awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship in March 1997);
- Past Board member of Business Porirua (The Porirua Chamber of Commerce); Digital Porirua Trust and the Porirua Employment HUB Trust. (Awarded a Porirua City Civic Honour in July 1997 for Voluntary Community Service);
- Active member of the REINZ, working with his wife Susan (The Power of Two, Working for You) as full-time Real Estate Sales Consultants;
- Proud to have been a founding Trustee and the Treasurer of e-learning Porirua;
- And father to three incredible adult children and grandfather to three wonderful grand children.
Murray Woodley has been a resident of Porirua for over 30 years. He lives in Mana, Porirua and is a Director of Porirua based NETWORKADVANTAGE Holdings Ltd., a Technology Company, Director of
Dr Sue Chard joined the board of the Porirua City Community IT Educational (or e-Learning) Trust in 2010.
Sue is the Programme Manager for Information Technology Programmes at Whitiriea Polytechnic. She started her career as a Programmer in the mid-1970s, moving through the professional ranks to become a Project Manager before breaking this career to raise a family. While her family was young she started a new career as an Academic, starting teaching at Whitireia in 1992, initially working part time while raising her family.
Sue has been the IT Programme Manager at Whitireia since 2009 and has led the development of the IT programmes. These now include a new level 2 IT programme focused on Android development, a Bachelor of Information Technology with associated diplomas and certificates plus Information Technology Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate programmes which were accredited in 2012. Most recently she has led the development of Whitireia’s first Masters Programme, the Master of Information Technology, accredited in 2014.
During her time at Whitireia Sue has studied to gain academic qualifications, completing a Master of Communications from Victoria University of Wellington in 1999 and a PhD from Curtin University in 2011.
Research interests in eLearning, the social impact of Information Technology, and interaction design are linked directly to the work of the e-Learning trust and Sue champions research into these issues at Whitireia. The latest research study resulted in the publication of “Computers in Homes (CIH): Enabling Community Access to Internet and ICT” IEEE Proceedings of LaTiCE 2014.
Kris lives in Titahi Bay, Porirua and was elected as the Member of Parliament for Mana in November 2010 following more than a decade working as a journalist at both TVNZ and the BBC – giving him a strong commitment to public service broadcasting.
As the son of a school teacher and factory worker Kris knows that education is the game-changer for many young people.
Kris is committed to the communities of the Mana electorate and to ensuring that the region grows and develops in a way that strengthens our communities, provides opportunities, and makes our families stronger and more successful.
Kris is the Labour Member of Parliament for Mana and was first elected in the 2010 by-election and at the 2014 general election was re-elected with a majority of 7,953 votes. He is also the Labour Party’s Spokesman for Commerce, State Services and Racing and is currently Chief Whip for the Opposition in Parliament.
His experience before that includes work as:
- Television journalist for TVNZ
- Television journalist BBC World
- Chief Press Secretary, Labour Leader’s Office
Phil is a Chartered Accountant/Auditor in Public Practice with Temperton and Associates. He has had an extensive career in the Public Service where he held positions as Assistant General Manager of the Fishing Industry Board, Chair of the Fishing Industry Training Council, Director of Fisheries Management with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Strategy Manager Radio Spectrum, Ministry of Economic Development and Chief Advisor to the Ministers of Fisheries, Agriculture, Trade Negotiations, Building, Immigration and Communication. He is a former Chair of our Trust and former Board Member of the Law of the Sea Institute based at the University of Hawaii, Former Chair of the Convention of Southern Bluefin Tuna, and Former Vice President of the OECD Fisheries Committee. He became involved in the Trust as a foundation member through his role in Radio Spectrum Management as a result of a community project in the Tokelaus to establish a series of community FM Radio Stations, and an association with Graham Kelly.