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Membership Committee

The membership process will be administered by the Development Manager and the Membership Committee.  Their vision is to develop and administer an inclusive fair and efficient membership procedure.

The Membership Committee is made up of dedicated founding members who want to ensure an inclusive, fair and efficient membership process for Korowai Tupu.

Members of the committee are Penny Prescott, Nikki Hurst, Amanda Murray, Ursula Thynne, Steph Brooks, Mareta Matenga, Morgan Butler, Andy Pilbrow, Joanah Phillips, Natalie Elia and they are supported by Jane Zintl, Development Manager of Korowai Tupu.

From left to right:

Nikki Hurst - I'm a proud Counties Manukau girl who has just spent the last 5 years as a lecturer in counselling, youth development and addiction studies in Wellington and Auckland. I'm passionate about equity in participation for tamariki and taiohi. In my practice I've worked mostly in a one-on-one therapeutic space in both agencies and schools. A particular area of interest is in working with gifted young people in order for them to access all that they need.I completed my bits of paper a few years ago via Massey: MA Counselling (First Class), PG Dip Education (Guidance & Counselling), BA in History

Ursula Thynne - I have been working with young Deaf people people since 2007 in many different roles. teacher of the Deaf at Kelston Deaf Education Centre, youth services Teamleader at Deaf Aotearoa and recently Deaf Services at Geneva Elevator. I am a Vodafone World of Difference alumni member.  

Morgan Butler - Kia ora whānau! Ko Morgan ahau ko Ngati Tuwharetoa, ko Tainui ko Te Rarawa oku iwi. I am the Support Manager from RainbowYOUTH in Auckland, I am so very excited to be a part of this process!

Natalie Elia - Talofa Lava, I am a Senior Youth Development Worker for Youthline Auckland Central. I have worked with young people and families for over 5 years. I believe in the values of Aroha, Manaakitanga, Kotahitanga and Whanaugatanga, which help me maintain an underlying ethos of care and support. I am passionate about uplifiting youth voices and promoting positive youth development. Excited to be a part of a movement that gives Youth Workers the recognition that they deserve! 

Steph Brook - Hi, my journey in youth development started with my local church and my own children. I served in our local church for seven years, then spent three years working part time with at risk young people in a youth mentoring programme and serving in two other churches while studying for my youth development degree at Weltec in Auckland. I currently am a children's and youth pastor at the Anglican church Papakura and I volunteer at another youth group in Red Hill, Papakura. My children are now 21 & 24 and one of them thought it was a great idea to make me a grandma this year. I am stoked to be a part of the Membership Committee and love to be a part of the wider youth development field. I am really passionate about growing great leaders, walking with young people and their families and supporting those involved in youth development across all our diverse fields. 

Mareta Matenga (nee Ford), Senior Community Advisor, Hamilton City Council

Amanda Murray, Southern Area Manager, Youthtown

Penny Prescott, Manager, Canterbury Youth Workers Collective and member of the Korowai Tupu Rōpū

Andy Pilbrow, Chief Executive, Birthright HB Child & Family Care

Joanah Phillips, Team Leader - Te Puna Manaaki Student Support Services, Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki

Read more about the Membership Procedure that the Membership Committee will be developing and administering