Meet the team

The national office staff are located in Wellington. We help provide national coordination and support to our Local Age Concern staff so they are equipped to deliver our crucial services to local communities. 

Stephanie Clare - Chief Executive

Age Concern New Zealand is where I feel at home and my role is all about people. People doing things for older people, providing connections, education, support and advocacy. I am proud to lead the team within National Office and local Age Concern member councils across New Zealand. I like leading a strong team who wants to make a difference in the lives of older New Zealanders. Passion in your work is very important to me and enjoying the work you do. Like my other roles as a nurse, no day is the same and opportunity knocks often and you have to be ready. I also enjoy my garden, pulling weeds and planting veges and will never turn down the opportunity to wander through another gardener’s garden if invited.
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Natasha Muir - Manager, Fundraising, Communications and Marketing

A lot of my role is around building relationships and engaging people to support the work we do supporting older New Zealanders. Age Concern New Zealand is a well-regarded and trusted organisation in the New Zealand charitable landscape giving me a great platform to work from. I want a New Zealand that is a great place to live at any age but also a great place to age! We are all aging and we all have a vested interest in creating a society that respects, values and celebrates the contribution of older New Zealanders.
I am an apartment dweller in central Wellington and really enjoy scouring the city for food haunts, entertainment hubs and op shops.
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Hanny Naus - Professional Educator: Elder Abuse and Neglect

My role is to support and encourage the professionalism of workers in elder abuse and neglect prevention throughout the country. It is a privilege to work with these passionate and skilled colleagues who support older people have their needs and choices respected. In previous work roles, my focus has included social work/counseling in community and health care settings with older people and people with disabilities.
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Office Manager

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Louise Rees - National Manager Social Connection Services

My role is all about social connection. This involves coordinating our Accredited Visiting Service. The service provides company for older people and volunteering roles for people aged from 18 to over 90. Older people’s social networks can be disrupted by things like bereavement, health problems, or stopping driving, but we help to turn that around, and support people to build new patterns and make new friends. I love working with the team of coordinators around the country, and also seeing all the ways in which we connect older people together to enjoy company, food, and activities. I migrated to New Zealand when I was expecting my first baby, and organisations like Plunket and New Mother’s Support Groups helped me to quickly develop a network of supportive friends in a country where I knew hardly anyone. I’m happy to be working for an organisation that provides similar support to older people.
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Joanne Reid - Manager Health Promotion and Policy

Age Concern New Zealand is an inspiring place to work alongside others to promote the wellbeing of older people. My role covers two areas that go hand in hand - health promotion and policy. I provide information and support for health promotion initiatives and develop resources relevant to older people. I also prepare submissions and policy statements that advocate for the rights and wellbeing of older people. My career choices have always been influenced by my desire to make a positive difference in people’s lives. I am passionate about spending time with family and friends and spend many happy hours exploring my family history.
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Chrisanne Tarry - Health Promotion Adviser

The exciting aspect about health promotion is the variation, creativity and impact effective strategies and health promotion programmes can have on a community. My role as the health promotion advisor is to provide support, problem-solve, and inspire the development of empowering, sustainable and equitable health promotion programmes for older people across Aotearoa. I assist with the evaluation and funding process for health promotion programmes, develop and update resources for later life, facilitate professional development opportunities for our health promoters and provide tools to ease the delivery of health promotion programmes across the country. Every day I am surrounded by people who inspire me and who love what they do because of the positive difference they can make. In my spare time, I love to travel, adventure up mountains or walk along beaches with my camera.
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Vicky Beesley - Fundraising and Communications Adviser

My role is assisting with fundraising and donor engagement to ensure the organisation can carry on it’s vital work with older people in Aotearoa.
I love working in the charity sector and I am thrilled to join the Age Concern New Zealand team. I think older people are valuable members of society and I am proud to work for an organisation that advocates for their rights and wellbeing.
I am originally from Somerset, England. I have been living in wonderful Wellington for 9 years. I am a book worm, I love live music and exploring op shops. I also love film photography and most recently bird taxidermy.
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Hariata Hema - Staying Safe National Course Coordinator

My role is to champion our NZTA funded 'Staying Safe' refresher courses for older drivers across New Zealand.  I love training and promoting opportunities for trainers to shine as well as participants to feel attendance was worthwhile and fun. All drivers, regardless of age must assess their driving skills in order to stay safe, and it is an added bonus to work where independence and dignity are valued.
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Sally Wilkinson - Financial Administrator

I joined Age Concern New Zealand in September 2019, as Financial Administrator.  In my role I manage the day to day finances and also oversee all contract payments to local Age Concerns. Previously I have worked in small businesses, so this is my first experience working in a not for profit/charity.  I have lived in Wellington my whole life and I enjoy playing tennis weekly. 
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Rei Te Teira-Ngatai - Admin Support

As an ‘older’ person in the workforce I enjoy the social connection and making every day count. I live in a Thorndon apartment complex as it is very handy to my ‘bellringing’ hobby where 5 bells are hung for full circle ringing in Old St Paul’s and 14 in the Anglican Cathedral of St Paul.

He aha te mea nui o te Ao – He Tangata, He Tangata, He Tangata.
What is the greatest thing in the World – It is people.
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Gillian Cross - Accountant

I come in regularly to support the Finance Administrator and prepare Board and Management Reports as required. I assist a number of not for profits in a similar role and the balance of my work time is spent in my office in Porirua doing accounting and taxation returns. Out of the office, I am a Justice of the Peace, and enjoy playing tennis and netball.
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