Neville Phillips

Chief Executive Officer

neville@starttaranaki.co.nz

Kia ora, I'm Neville Phillips from coastal Taranaki.  My professional background includes journalism, dairy industry work, and horse and greyhound training/breeding.

I founded START Taranaki in 2003 because all young people deserve to be treated equally and given equal opportunity.

Hobbies/interests: People/animals/attitudes!

Belinda Wakeling Business Manager belinda@starttaranaki.co.nz   I’m Belinda, born and bred in Eltham and now living in Kaponga.  Before my days at START I have worked in hospitality & tourism, farming and office management. At START: I am the Business Manager at START.  My challenge is finding ways to make the dollars stretch so that our front line staff can get on with the awesome work they do.  I like the family environment here at START, and seeing positive changes in the young men. Hobbies/interests: I like working with horses, I am involved with Eltham Pony Club and am a level five dressage judge. To relax I like reading and spending time with my children.

Belinda Wakeling

Business Manager

belinda@starttaranaki.co.nz  

I’m Belinda, born and bred in Eltham and now living in Kaponga.  Before my days at START I have worked in hospitality & tourism, farming and office management.

At START: I am the Business Manager at START.  My challenge is finding ways to make the dollars stretch so that our front line staff can get on with the awesome work they do.  I like the family environment here at START, and seeing positive changes in the young men.

Hobbies/interests:

I like working with horses, I am involved with Eltham Pony Club and am a level five dressage judge. To relax I like reading and spending time with my children.

Laura Menzies Senior Practitioner laura@starttaranaki.co.nz Kia ora I’m Laura.  Originally from Auckland but I have lived in West Virginia, Pakiri Beach and Hamilton before finding my forever home in the beautiful Taranaki.  I’ve been a youth worker since 2012 and joined START in 2013.  Previously I was a live sound technician, a horse trekking guide/instructor and a traveller.  AT START:  I work together with the boys, their whanau and their social worker to develop a strong plan for them while they are at START and when they have transitioned back into the community.  I love that I get to be part of an amazing team who are all super passionate about their jobs and the boys.  Every day is fun and it’s awesome to watch the boys expand their comfort zones and take on the challenges we offer.   It’s a proud moment seeing their growth, as they come out the other side as mature young men, with the confidence and the skills to make positive life decisions.  START is special because it offers long term ongoing support for both the boys and their whanau. Hobbies: Outdoors, horses, good vibes

Laura Menzies

Senior Practitioner

laura@starttaranaki.co.nz

Kia ora I’m Laura.  Originally from Auckland but I have lived in West Virginia, Pakiri Beach and Hamilton before finding my forever home in the beautiful Taranaki.  I’ve been a youth worker since 2012 and joined START in 2013.  Previously I was a live sound technician, a horse trekking guide/instructor and a traveller. 

AT START:  I work together with the boys, their whanau and their social worker to develop a strong plan for them while they are at START and when they have transitioned back into the community.  I love that I get to be part of an amazing team who are all super passionate about their jobs and the boys.  Every day is fun and it’s awesome to watch the boys expand their comfort zones and take on the challenges we offer.   It’s a proud moment seeing their growth, as they come out the other side as mature young men, with the confidence and the skills to make positive life decisions.  START is special because it offers long term ongoing support for both the boys and their whanau.

Hobbies: Outdoors, horses, good vibes

JASON WOODGER

Coordinator

My name is Jason Woodger, also known as 'Woodja' and I'm a born and bred west Auckland guy, now finding my perfect place in beautiful Taranaki. I'm 30 years young and love being outdoors, spinning fire poi, cooking food. Previously I have been a restaurant chef since the age of 15.

Working with S.T.A.R.T and the amazing diverse crew of people is a huge pleasure and i have been so lucky to have the opportunity to see some incredible young men grow and learn. Through life everyone needs to learn and continue learning to lead a happy healthy life and i personally believe that's what its all about at S.T.A.R.T .  

TK ABRAHAM

Key Worker

My name is Te Kotuku Jerry Campbell Abraham, I also carry the surname Aperahama. Im of Ngati Kuri, Te Aupouri, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Taranaki, Te Atiawa, Tainui, and Cook Island descent, but born and raised in Ratana Paa. I now live in Hawera with my beautiful family. I have a very strong musical background. My father and uncle have been performing on stage for many years in the Maori music industry, and as a child I thought it was the greatest thing.

I'm working at START because I care for younger people and want to help them achieve the things they want in life. I think this is important because I know that the younger generation are our future leaders. I like the program that START has to offers, it gives the boys a new set of skills, discipline, opportunity to learn more about themselves where their strengths are. 

My main interest is in Music, Art (cartoons), performing arts

HAYDEN TUNICLIFFE

Youth Support Worker

Kia Ora, I’m Hayden.

I was born and raised in New Plymouth and moved to Kaponga when I was 14.

I am 26 now, married with 4 beautiful kids, 3 of my own and a step daughter.

Music has been my back bone in life for a long time now as I have played guitar and been singing since I was 11. I am a farmer by trade but have done lots of building and have had customer service roles also.

I am here at start because I believe in everything that START stands and works for.

I have a strong passion for helping and understanding youth and try to help ways of thinking and acting to positive thoughts and actions. One cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.

Hobbies/Interests: Music, arts and crafts, people, whanau and friends

TODD WILLIAMS Youth Support Worker/Social Media Manager socialmedia@starttaranaki.co.nz Kia Ora, I'm Todd. Mostly New Plymouth raised but nomadic at heart. I write and perform music which has allowed me the good fortune of travelling through some thirty or so countries to play my songs. At Start: twenty years ago I was in a program called Hebron House which was located at at the same premises START is now. When I heard of the work being done at START I came to visit and instantly fell in love with the program and wanted to be involved. A few month later I was. My work with youth is all based in love, compassion and kindness. It is a huge privilege to be able to walk with our boys through this experience and watch them grow. Hobbies/Interests: social change, writing, music, reading, hot sauce.     

TODD WILLIAMS

Youth Support Worker/Social Media Manager

socialmedia@starttaranaki.co.nz

Kia Ora, I'm Todd. Mostly New Plymouth raised but nomadic at heart. I write and perform music which has allowed me the good fortune of travelling through some thirty or so countries to play my songs.

At Start: twenty years ago I was in a program called Hebron House which was located at at the same premises START is now. When I heard of the work being done at START I came to visit and instantly fell in love with the program and wanted to be involved. A few month later I was. My work with youth is all based in love, compassion and kindness. It is a huge privilege to be able to walk with our boys through this experience and watch them grow.

Hobbies/Interests: social change, writing, music, reading, hot sauce. 

 

 

Clayton Dando Operations Manager clayton@starttaranaki.co.nz Kia Ora, I am Clayton. Originally from Taranaki, I was raised in the small coastal town of Okato. After school I left Taranaki for the big smoke of Auckland, joining the Royal New Zealand Navy as a bridge watch keeping officer. After 8 and ½ years service and with many countries visited I returned to Taranaki in 2014. At START – I enjoy the challenges of working at START and enjoy the opportunity to get outdoors and active with the boys on the programme. Although its far from being out at sea, I love the challenge of trying to pass on my skills/knowledge/ and positive attitude to the next generation. Hobbies/interest. – Being active, rugby, touch, CrossFit, diving, fishing.

Clayton Dando

Operations Manager

clayton@starttaranaki.co.nz

Kia Ora, I am Clayton. Originally from Taranaki, I was raised in the small coastal town of Okato. After school I left Taranaki for the big smoke of Auckland, joining the Royal New Zealand Navy as a bridge watch keeping officer. After 8 and ½ years service and with many countries visited I returned to Taranaki in 2014.

At START – I enjoy the challenges of working at START and enjoy the opportunity to get outdoors and active with the boys on the programme. Although its far from being out at sea, I love the challenge of trying to pass on my skills/knowledge/ and positive attitude to the next generation.

Hobbies/interest. – Being active, rugby, touch, CrossFit, diving, fishing.

PIERS DUNCAN Project Manager piers@starttaranaki.co.nz Kia ora my name is Piers Duncan and I was born in Taranaki. After moving to Wellington to attend Victoria University and attaining a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations I returned to the region to pursue my intention to have a career in the NGO sector. I have always had a desire to work in the social services, particularly with an NGO working to support the most vulnerable. At START my job is to document, evaluate and promote the outcomes achieved by our clients and service, as well as all the outstanding work of my colleagues. This information is used to help us continually evaluate and respond to the needs of our clients and to seek capacity and capability building opportunities for START. 

PIERS DUNCAN

Project Manager

piers@starttaranaki.co.nz

Kia ora my name is Piers Duncan and I was born in Taranaki. After moving to Wellington to attend Victoria University and attaining a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations I returned to the region to pursue my intention to have a career in the NGO sector. I have always had a desire to work in the social services, particularly with an NGO working to support the most vulnerable.

At START my job is to document, evaluate and promote the outcomes achieved by our clients and service, as well as all the outstanding work of my colleagues. This information is used to help us continually evaluate and respond to the needs of our clients and to seek capacity and capability building opportunities for START. 

Sam Galloway Supervisor sam@starttaranaki.co.nz My name is Sam Galloway. I have worked in the youth sector since I was 21 and also have a young daughter named Isabella. I am originally from Christchurch but moved up to Taranaki after the February earthquakes. Before coming to work at START I worked as a youth worker with Child Youth and Family and also ran a musical programme for youth interested in Hip Hop through the White Elephant Trust in Christchurch.   I think START is important because it takes our at risk youth out of there comfort zones and makes them face new challenges and responsibility. I like START because I am able to be myself and work with other individuals who bring their own different strengths to the table.  I learn a lot every time I come to work. I think START is most important because it gives our young people a second chance to succeed with support.

Sam Galloway

Supervisor

sam@starttaranaki.co.nz

My name is Sam Galloway. I have worked in the youth sector since I was 21 and also have a young daughter named Isabella. I am originally from Christchurch but moved up to Taranaki after the February earthquakes. Before coming to work at START I worked as a youth worker with Child Youth and Family and also ran a musical programme for youth interested in Hip Hop through the White Elephant Trust in Christchurch.  

I think START is important because it takes our at risk youth out of there comfort zones and makes them face new challenges and responsibility. I like START because I am able to be myself and work with other individuals who bring their own different strengths to the table.  I learn a lot every time I come to work. I think START is most important because it gives our young people a second chance to succeed with support.

NICKY DAWSON Case Leader nicky@starttaranaki.co.nz I’m originally from the UK and moved to New Zealand in 2013. I have a passion for the outdoors which is what attracted me to New Zealand.  I enjoy biking, snowboarding, swimming and lots of other sports and since working For START Taranaki have a new found love for tramping in the Kiwi bush. At Start- I have been working at START since July 2014. I began working on the floor with the boys and now have the privilege of working alongside the social workers, boys and whanau on their journey through the programme. Getting to know the boys and their whanau and seeing them grow is something I will never get tired of. START is a unique place topped off with amazing staff who genuinely care about what they do. Every boy that comes through this programme has left a great memory behind and hopefully we have that same impact on their lives.  Hobbies/interests Outdoors, Snowboarding, Squash, Hockey, Gym and hanging with my pals.

NICKY DAWSON

Case Leader

nicky@starttaranaki.co.nz

I’m originally from the UK and moved to New Zealand in 2013. I have a passion for the outdoors which is what attracted me to New Zealand.  I enjoy biking, snowboarding, swimming and lots of other sports and since working For START Taranaki have a new found love for tramping in the Kiwi bush.

At Start- I have been working at START since July 2014. I began working on the floor with the boys and now have the privilege of working alongside the social workers, boys and whanau on their journey through the programme. Getting to know the boys and their whanau and seeing them grow is something I will never get tired of. START is a unique place topped off with amazing staff who genuinely care about what they do. Every boy that comes through this programme has left a great memory behind and hopefully we have that same impact on their lives. 

Hobbies/interests

Outdoors, Snowboarding, Squash, Hockey, Gym and hanging with my pals.

TANE BERRY Team Leader Hi, I’m Tane. I’m from Hawera, Taranaki lived here all my life. Before i came to START i worked as a meat worker then got into carpentry and became a qualified carpenter. In my spare time i like hanging with Family, friends and playing sports. At START: I’ve always wanted to work with youth, so now I have got that opportunity I’m going to take that with both hands and share my knowledge, experiences and what I have learnt over my life to help these young men with their path. The outdoor activities that START does are awesome, it helps the young men find confidence within themselves and is very rewarding for them and myself. To top it all off the Staff here at START are such amazing people to work with. Hobbies/Interest Rugby, touch, cricket, golf, going beach (swimming or collecting seafood)

TANE BERRY

Team Leader

Hi, I’m Tane. I’m from Hawera, Taranaki lived here all my life. Before i came to START i worked as a meat worker then got into carpentry and became a qualified carpenter. In my spare time i like hanging with Family, friends and playing sports.

At START: I’ve always wanted to work with youth, so now I have got that opportunity I’m going to take that with both hands and share my knowledge, experiences and what I have learnt over my life to help these young men with their path. The outdoor activities that START does are awesome, it helps the young men find confidence within themselves and is very rewarding for them and myself. To top it all off the Staff here at START are such amazing people to work with.

Hobbies/Interest Rugby, touch, cricket, golf, going beach (swimming or collecting seafood)

JOASH DALY

Team Leader

Hi my name is Joash Daly I currently live in a small town around the coast of Taranaki called Okato. I spent most of my life in Hawera. I grew up playing lot of sport, everything from rugby league, skateboarding, table tennis through to basketball, volleyball and touch. I've always had a passion for sport and connecting with people while playing sport. My working background ranges from working in the freezing works, farming, scaffolding through to cleaning, painting and trade assistant work.

I am here at START because I have a passion to be a positive influence in peoples lives, and to be a friend, brother and someone dependable for the boys and my peers involved with START. I think START is awesome, I really enjoy waking up surrounded by supportive work colleagues who are like family and seeing the young men who do the programme start fulfilling the potential that lies within each of them.

Hobbies/interests: At the moment I'm into people, weights, touch, basketball, surfing, golf, diving and following professional sport mainly the NBA and golf majors.