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The PSNZ Team

Presbyterian Support New Zealand and Family Works New Zealand team share office space, staff and administrative resources. Collaborative and national projects draw on the expertise of our Presbyterian Support regional organisations.

The current PSNZ team

  • Dr Prudence Stone National Executive Officer
  • Vicky Prout Executive Assistant

Introducing Dr Prudence Stone, NEO

Ko Tiritiri-o-te-Moana te Maunga, ko Waimakariri te Awa. Nō Aerana, nō Ahitereiria, nō Ingarangi ōku tūpuna, otirā kei te Waipounamu ōku matua, te wāhi ō tōku tamarikitanga. Kei te noho au mē tōku whānau ki Te Whanganui ā Tara inainei. Ko Prudence Stone tōku ingoa: no reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa!

It is my honour to serve as Presbyterian Support New Zealand’s National Executive Officer. I come from the South Island originally but have been based in Wellington for about 18 years, since returning to New Zealand from overseas. I am a sociologist: I am fascinated with cultural politics and the political economy of information. I am a mother of two now adult children, who have always kept me informed debating young peoples’ issues. Since I myself was a child I have always been an advocate for children’s rights.

I value equity, manaakitanga, transparency, respect, evidence, and curiosity. In my methods for advocacy, I am faithful to te Tiriti o Waitangi and consider myself a Pakeha ally for Mana Motuhake.

My leadership experience began as an elected Students’ Association rep, then as a start-up sustainable business owner, then veered into public health when I became Executive Director for the Smokefree Coalition of New Zealand. I had a national advocacy role at UNICEF NZ, then led Kahui Hauora Tumatanui, the Public Health Association of New Zealand. I am also a keen volunteer for the National Council of Women’s Wellington Branch and United Community Action Network (UCAN). In every capacity I have learned lots about advocacy, and my expertise lies in building coalition behind evidence-based preventive policy to keep vulnerable New Zealanders well and out of poverty.

I hope I can bring pragmatic vision and support our shared pragmatic vision here at Presbyterian Support, for connected, well-functioning families and communities.

National Council

National Council

The National Council members (from left to right)

  • Tim Mepham, Presbyterian Support Otago
  • Eoin Powell, Presbyterian Support South Canterbury
  • Marie Callander, Presbyterian Support Central
  • Maitland Manning, Presbyterian Support East Coast
  • Andrew Johnston (Deputy Chair), Presbyterian Support Upper South Island
  • Tim Loan (Chair), Presbyterian Support Southland
  • David Hansen, Presbyterian Support Northern (not pictured)

Presbyterian Support New Zealand is governed by the National Council which is made up of representatives from each of the seven Presbyterian Support organisations.

The National Council meets at least twice a year to monitor organisational achievements and financial performance and set the strategic direction.

National Executive Group

The National Executive Group members (from left to right)

  • Michael Parker, Presbyterian Support Southland
  • Dr Sanja Majstorovic, Presbyterian Support East Coast
  • Trevor Wilson, Te Roopu Pa Harakeke
  • Pat Waite, Presbyterian Support Central
  • Denise Cosgrove, Presbyterian Support Northern
  • Barry Helem, Presbyterian Support Upper South Island
  • Jo Rowe, Presbyterian Support Otago
  • Carolyn Cooper, Presbyterian Support South Canterbury (not pictured)

The National Executive Group is made up of the Chief Executives of each of the seven Presbyterian Support organisations, a Roopu member and the Manager from Presbyterian Support NZ. They come together regularly to make decisions about national issues and shared areas of work. They ensure the National Council’s policies are implemented and manage PSNZ.