Our People


Community Research Kaitiaki govern our organisation using a co-governance (two-house) model. Members of our Tangata Whenua caucus and Tangata Tiriti caucus bring a broad range of experience and a huge passion for the sector.

Our operations are managed by a dedicated team of kaimahi (staff) based in Te Whanganui ā Tara. They are individuals who are committed to supporting the growth and development of our communities. Our kaimahi work a four-day week from Monday to Thursday.

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…

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…

Joanne Waitoa

Ko Hikurangi te maunga  Ko Waiapu te awa  Ko Horouta te waka  Ko Ngati Porou te iwi  Ko Ngati Putaanga te hapu   Ko Putaanga me Rahui nga marae  …

Tangata Tiriti caucus members

Jennifer Leahy

I am passionate about lifelong learning opportunities, and my current role as South Island Manager for Ako Aotearoa (Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence) means that I have the chance to…

Dr Arpita Das

Tēnā koutou katoa Ko Arpita Das tōku ingoa E ono ngā tau e noho nei au ki Aotearoa. E whā ngā tau e noho nei au ki Pōneke. Nō Inia…

Katie Bruce

Nau mai Haere mai to our new board member Katie Bruce. Katie has a passion for sharing stories, ideas and research to confront policy, practice and prejudice.Currently, Katie is working…

Eleanor Holroyd

Eleanor is a Professor in Nursing and Associate Dean of International, and Engagement, the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, Co-director of the AUT Centre For Migrant and Refugee Health…

Raylyn Christian | Kaitohutohu Mātua Whakapā - Communications Lead

Ko Te Aroha tōku maunga Ko Waihou tōku awa Ko Ngāti Maru tōku iwi Ko Ray āhau. Raylyn (Ray) is our Communications Lead – Kaitohutohu Mātua Whakapā. Ray comes from…

Lorna Ingram | Kaiwhakahaere Matua - General Manager

Kaiwhakahaere Matua – General Manager Lorna is passionate about creating strength within the NGO sector and ultimately improving the lives of those within communities across Aotearoa. She strongly believes that…

Batool Arif | Kairuruku Rangahau Manene - Former refugee and migrant research Coordinator

Kairuruku Rangahau Manene – Former refugee and migrant research co-ordinator Batool Arif is a Community Advocate from Pakistan living in Aotearoa for the past 10 years. She strongly believes in…

Eve Cookson | Kairukuruku - Administration Coordinator

Ko Tarawera te maunga, Ko Kaituna te awa, Ko Te Arawa te waka, Ko Ngāti Uenuku-Kōpako te iwi, Ko Eve āhau Eve is our Kairuruku – Coordinator.Eve is passionate about…

Moana Minson | Kaitūhono - Research Sector Engagement and Projects Lead

Moana is an advocate for social change through creative mediums. They have a background in Anthropology and are the Director of Path Weaver Productions, a storytelling studio that makes games…

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