Tairāwhiti Local Advisory Committee

Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Tairāwhiti Local Advisory Committee

Tairāwhiti Local Advisory Committee - mihi mai rā.


Read more about the members of the Tairāwhiti Local Advisory Committee.

LOUISE BENNETT (Acting Chair)

Louise previously worked in emergency management in Gisborne, was the Waste Coordinator for the Rena oil spill response in 2011, spent time in Kaikoura after the 2016 earthquake and on the West Coast at the Fox Landfill Response 2019. She has also been the Health and Safety Advisor for the last two Relays for Life. After undertaking After Action Reviews last year, Louise is currently working part-time with Hauora Tairāwhiti and enjoying her new role as a grandparent.
ALICE KIBBLE (Member)
Alice is 20 years old and has a passion for helping her community. From a young age she has been volunteering with not for profit organisations in her community. In 2017, she was a Kiwibank Local Hero and at the age of 16, Alice was nominated for Young New Zealander of the Year. Working in her community she has seen the need for grassroots technology assistance. Alice started her own business 'Ask Alice' in September 2020, with the aim of making the community a better place through the power of technology.
DONETTE KUPENGA (Member)
Donette is currently living in Gisborne while on a one-year contract with Hauora Tairāwhiti to support Maori into the health workforce and upskill existing employees within the DHB and upon completion, will return to Ruatoria, where she still owns a café. She is Ngati Porou and passionate about supporting local communities. With her extensive background in education, Donette is a rumaki reo tutor for year 1, 2 and 3 trainee teachers. She is a trustee for Popoti Ahuwhenua.
JOELENE ANDREW (Member)
Joelene is Te Whanau a Apanui, Ngati Porou and Whakatohea. She is currently part of the National Contact Tracing Team for the Ministry of Health COVID 19 response and spent over a decade employed by the Tairawhiti District Health before starting her own practice as a Clinical Hypnotherapist. Her passion for the community led her to governance roles in a number of community organisations and saw Joelene become Co-Founder of Feed Tairawhiti.