Our board and patron

Members of the Governance Board provide Te Wāhi Wāhine with guidance, governance, accountability, and support within a collective framework. Members are involved in all aspects of the Centre and provide invaluable knowledge, skills and ideas. The Governance Board is elected at our AGM which is open to all Te Wāhi Wāhine members and held in December every year.

Katherine McAlpine

Chair

Katherine McAlpine

Chair

Katherine is currently an assistant teacher and researcher at AUT University in both the social sciences and management departments. Her academic areas of interest include gender quotas, targets and reporting. She has worked in arts, corporate and not-for-profit environments. Katherine is the 2017 co-coordinator of Auckland Feminist Action alongside Caryn Tasker.

Olivia Mcgann

Treasurer

Olivia Mcgann

Treasurer

Olivia McGann is a Chartered Accountant who currently works as the Commercial Operations Manager (NZ) for Xero. Studying and working primarily in the finance industry she became aware of how important it is for women to feel and be empowered in all aspects of their lives.

She brings her finance, operational execution and strategy skills to the team along with a passion for learning and development.

Nicola Kāwana

Nicola Kāwana

Ko Aotea te waka, Ko Taranaki te maunga, Ko Ngāruahine me Ngāti Ruanui me te Rangitāne oku iwi, Ko Nicola Kāwana ahau.

Born and raised in Hawera, South Taranaki, I am a graduate of Toi Whakaari/NZ Drama school and a certified horticulturist. At the age of 13 with the support of my parents, I met with the principal of Hawera High School to insist I be allowed to study woodwork instead of sewing. Along with one other, we became the first females to take woodwork in the history of the school. At 19 I opted to homebirth my first child and subsequently my second. In my 20’s took on the producers of my first Television job over the issue of equal pay. I’m interested in why women and indigenous peoples who stand their ground and exert their own Tino rangatiratanga are often called “Trouble makers”. I acknowledge those women that have come before to create and continue this space that upholds the mana of all women.

Tessa Morgan

Tessa Morgan

Tessa Morgan is an academic at the University of Auckland interested in gender issues relating to the end-of-life, older age and carers. She has just completed her PhD from the University of Cambridge. Tessa has been involved in feminist activism and volunteering since moving to Auckland for University. She was the co-Women’s Rights Officer for Auckland University Student Union (AUSA) in 2014. She is currently the the co-convenor of Intersectional Feminist Club.

Juressa Lee

Juressa Lee

Tēnā koutou katoa

He uri tēnei mai te Moana Nui a Kiwa

Ki te taha o tōku matua, no Pawarenga, no Ngawha, no Tauranga Moana

Ko Te Rarawa, ko Ngāpuhi, ko Ngāi Te Rangi ōku iwi

Ko Te Uri o Tai, ko Ngāti Rangi, ko Ngāti Makamaka ōku hapū

Ki te taha o tōku māmā, no Rarotonga, no Tahiti hoki

Ko Tupapa, ko Ngatangiia ōku hapū

Ko Juressa Lee ahau. Kia ora mai tātou!

Currently I am working as the plastics campaigner at Greenpeace Aotearoa. I have done a bunch of different things along the way including various roles in academia from business analysis to pastoral care for international scholarship students from developing countries. Project procurement and commercial administration in construction and engineering consultancies. In my spare time I try to help out with the rūmaki reo we’ve been fortunate to be part of, all hands on deck! Keen to see how to make all of this useful for AWC!

I love being more active and dedicated to protecting our planet and all the life it sustains. Am on the everlasting journey of decolonisation. As a mum and nan to brown skinned, Polynesian tamariki everything I do – work, voluntary, grassroots, etc – is with them in mind and what they will have to live with. I love the sentiment of being a better ancestor. As tangata whenua and tangata moana, it would be my pleasure and joy to bring my perspective to the table, joining courageous feminists committed to justice, equity and wellness for wāhine and non-binary, genderqueer people. Ngā mihi nui!

Liv Roe

Liv Roe

Mabuhay & kia ora koutou. Ko Liv tōku ingoa. I have a deep passion for activism and advocacy for progressive and feminist social movements, particularly in the field of international human rights, gender and LGBTQI+ equity, and migrant support.

I am a first-and-a-half generation migrant from the Philippines. My family moved to New Zealand in the year 2000 when I was nine years old from Manila. Through decades of my lived-experience as a kid growing up in a brand new country and adapting to a new culture, I have gained the resilience to overcome discrimination and systemic hurdles, and am driven to challenge antiquated patriarchal views in today’s political climate – which is holistically intertwined with my identity as an Asian woman.

My professional background is in the public venues and creative arts sector as administrative support, and it is an honour offer my expertise in the field to contribute to the development of Auckland Women’s Centre, so that it can continue to champion for a better quality of life for wāhine in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Maggie Jakob-Hoff

Maggie Jakob-Hoff

I have been involved with social research doing evaluation, review and auditing for my entire professional career. Much of it has been in the mental health, education and health sectors.

I’m deeply committed to women’s issues and have always wanted to serve the Auckland Women’s Centre as a volunteer. I have been helping set up evaluation systems here since 2019 and have been greatly impressed by the staff and the outcomes resulting from their work. This has increased my enthusiasm for being involved.

I decided to join the board after being retired from paid work for a year and am honoured to have been elected.

Jo Elvidge

Secretary

Jo Elvidge

Secretary

Kia ora koutou wāhine toa! I come from a line of stroppy independent minded women. My grandmother became a doctor in the 1920’s and set up contraception clinics for women living in mining towns. I am passionate about women’s issues starting from my first protest march aged 13 with my Mum to demand abortion reform.

I have 20 years’ experience in funding, planning and management of public health services with a focus on women. I set up a system wide health response to intimate partner violence, and funded Māori and Pacific led partner violence prevention programmes. More recently we worked on the 2020 abortion law, set up low-cost contraception services for low income women, funded healthcare responsiveness to pornography. I took a ‘break’ for 6 months in 2020 to set up health services in the first 20 managed isolation hotels- no community Covid transmission – but several babies were born to women staying in MIQ over this period!

I fully celebrate the mana of wāhine Māori and recognise mana wāhine rights under Te Tiriti, and I am committed to serving women’s interests.

Dr Judy McGregor

Patron

Dr Judy McGregor

Patron

Professor Judy McGregor, CNZM, was New Zealand’s first Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner  with the New Zealand Human Rights Commission between 2002-2010 and during that period published the “Caring Counts” report of employment in the aged care sector which was the catalyst for successful equal pay legislation. She was appointed Chair of the Waitematā District Health Board in June 2018., served as Head of the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy at Auckland University of Technology, has a doctorate in political communication, and is a trained lawyer and former newspaper editor. She has published eight books and hundreds of refereed journal articles relating to the media, gender equality, the employment and care of older people, and a range of human rights issues.