Member Spotlights 


Executive Officer

Community Networks Aotearoa Inc

AuSAE Member Since 2014

What We Do 
We are a National Umbella organisation representing networks throughout the country who coordinate and help non-profit and social service agencies in their regions.

Number of Members
52 Network organisations reaching up to 10,000 agencies in their memberships.

Staff Size
1.5 full time staff, and a volunteer Board of 8 plus a Kaumatua

Years in Association Management
Worked in management in non-profit Incorporated Societies for 27 years.

How I Got Into Association Management
I was at University as an adult student following my divorce trying to get qualifications so I was able to work and get off the Domestic Purposes Benefit.  At University I got very involved making programmes at Student radio.  On leaving University I took on the role of setting up the first Community Access Radio Station in Dunedin which is non-profit Community run radio.  I became the first manager of this radio station and I have been in Non-Profit management ever since.

What I Like About My Job
My job gives me the humble opportunity to bring the voice of non-profit community agencies to the Government and to my peers in Wellington.  This is such an important task and I consider it a great privilege to be in this position and to represent so many people and their issues. 

My Biggest Challenge
See above

What I am most proud of at our Association 
We are not an Association as much as we are a non-profit entity developed as an Incorporated Society.  We are run by a strong and supportive Board and we have a strong profile in the Wellington Sector and with Politicians.  I am proud of our professionalism, our survival, our strength and our ability to be in conversations everywhere about vulnerable people in our country. 

Favorite AuSAE Event
Wellington lunches.  They are always fabulous, and have great speakers.  Great opportunity to network and meet people in other areas of the non-profit world.

What I Want to Learn From Other AuSAE Members
How they survive in a world where money is short, and time is short.  How they best meet the needs of their members.

How AuSAE Has Helped Me
I have made some amazing contacts through AUSAE.  Because the Non-Profit sector is enormous, and a large part of it is the area I come from, I have also enjoyed talking to Associations about what we do and how we fit into the jigsaw.  Through these conversations I have met mentors, helpers and people who are happy to share skills and ideas with me. 
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Reasons to Join 

Community of association professionals


Professional Education 


Member only on-line Resources


Leadership Growth Opportunities



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