Our People


Community Research is run by a kaitiaki (governance) group with two caucus – Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti – and a small kapa (team) of kaimahi (staff). Our kaiwhakahaere matua (general manager) and coordinator are based in Wellington, and our Research Programmes Manager is based in Auckland. Our kaimahi are always available for a cup of tea! 

Tangata Whenua caucus members

Pania Coote | Co-Chair

Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kauwhata and Ngāti Porou; JP, MSW, Dipswk, MANZASW Pania is a founding leader of Community Research.  She has a background in social, health and education, with a…

Marie (Greaves) Farquhar

Ngāti Kahu Ko Maungataniwha te Maunga Ko Tokarau te Moana Ko Mamaru te Waka Ko Parata te tangata rongonui Ko Kahutianui te Whaea Tupuna Ko Ngati Kahu te Iwi Ko…

Eden Skipper

Tēnā koe ko Eden Skipper toku ingoa, ko Wairewa papatipu rūnanga (Ngāi Tahu) ahau. Eden is passionate about youth, the environment and Māori development. He brings much mauri to our…

Brendan Stevenson

Ngāpuhi te Iwi (Ngati Hau), Scandinavian, Scottish, English | Masters in Psychology (working toward PhD in Māori cultural identity and public health) Ko Ngāpuhi te Iwi Ko Ngati hau te…

Tangata Tiriti caucus members

Garth Nowland-Foreman | Co-Chair

Garth has been with Community Research almost from the beginning. He is a true servant of the community: Garth brings more than 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector, researching…

Caroline (Ligi) Harris

Ligi is a champion for Pacific communities in Aotearoa under-served by the current dominant system. She brings to our Kaitiaki more than 20 years of experience in various roles as…

Analiese Enoka Robertson | Treasurer

Treasurer | Cook Island (Puaikura and Te Au o Tonga) Analiese is passionate about education and community learning, especially when it comes to adults who have had bad experiences with…

Jennifer Braithwaite

I whānau mai au I te taha o te awa o Waihōpai I raro I te maru o te maunga o Tākitimu He uri ahau nō Kōtarania, nō Ingarangi E…

Janie Walker | Kaiwhakahaere Matua – General Manager

Janie’s life has been an eclectic mix of paid and unpaid work opportunities. Highlights include running a creative writing workshop for the Wellington Mosque community post-March 15; senior engagement roles…

Jenny Moore | Administration, Fundraising & Communications Coordinator

Jenny is our administration superstar who works hard to support all the mahi of Community Research, including fundraising and communications. Her experience in the voluntary sector includes giving driving practice…

Janet Tupou | Pacific Strategy Lead

Janet walks between many worlds but the common ground between them all is research. With experience in the areas of academia and evaluation, Janet has a personal and collective mission…

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