Kia Kaha, Kia Ora | Be Active, Be Well

OUR TEAM

Our Story, Our Staff and Our Board Members

OUR STORY

Sport Hawke’s Bay exists to enhance the health and wellbeing of Hawke's Bay by influencing, enabling and supporting our communities to be more physically active. 

To achieve this we focus on:

  • Young People - tamariki (ages 5-11) and rangatahi (ages 12-18)
  • Less Active Communities - geographic or social communities where there are barriers to engaging in physical activity 

Established in 1989, Sport Hawke’s Bay makes up a network of regional sports trusts throughout the country. We are seen as being an independent voice of play, active recreation and sport while also using physical activity to encourage people to live a more active and healthier lifestyle. The Sport Hawke’s Bay head office is based at Pettigrew.Green Arena in Taradale, with offices also in Waipukurau and Wairoa.

Sport Hawke’s Bay is governed by a Board of Trustees chaired by Graeme Taylor and managed by a Chief Executive, Mark Aspden.

The programmes and services managed by Sport Hawke’s Bay are available for all communities in the Hawke’s Bay region.

OUR BOARD

GRAEME TAYLOR - Chair​​​​​​​

NAOMI FERGUSSON - Deputy Chair​​

HEIDI BEECH - Chair​ of Risk and Audit Committee

CHRIS PETERSEN

DIONNE THOMAS

HINE FLOOD

LISA POHATU

MATHEW ARCUS

RAWINIA LEWIS

SUSAN JACOBS

TANIA KARAURIA

SENIOR MANAGEMENT

MARK ASPDEN
021 439 449
Chief Executive
marka@sporthb.net.nz

RYAN HAMBLETON
022 365 4060
General Manager

ryanh@sporthb.net.nz

SUE SMITH
022 035 3685
General Manager

sues@sporthb.net.nz

SARA BIRD
027 357 5989
Wairoa Community Centre Manager
sarab@sporthb.net.nz

CORPORATE

AMANDA LEMALU
Human Resources Advisor
amandal@sporthb.net.nz 

BECK CHRISTIE
Marketing and Communications Advisor
beckc@sporthb.net.nz 

TRACY WILTON
Finance Manager
tracyw@sporthb.net.nz

MEL SINDEN
Receptionist/Administrator
mels@sporthb.net.nz

PLAY, ACTIVE RECREATION AND SPORT

NICKI HEREMAIA
Development Officer - CHB
nickih@sporthb.net.nz

VACANCY
Sport Development Manager

BLANCHE PAEWAI-ASHCROFT
Disability and Inclusion Advisor
blanchep@sporthb.net.nz

KATE BENNY
Sport Development Advisor
kateb@sporthb.net.nz

TIM MOTU
Sport Development Manager
timm@sporthb.net.nz

SOPHIE HICKFORD
Regional Sports Director
sophieh@sporthb.net.nz

CAITLIN MCIVOR
Insights and Evaluation Lead
caitlinm@sporthb.net.nz

TINA HASLETT
Spaces and Places Lead
Play Lead
tinah@sporthb.net.nz

JACKSON WAEREA
Regional Active Recreation Advisor
jacksonw@sporthb.net.nz

HEALTHY ACTIVE LEARNNG

SALLY MCKENZIE
Healthy Active Learning - Lead
sallym@sporthb.net.nz

DANIELLE PAKI
Healthy Active Learning - Community Connector
daniellep@sporthb.net.nz

VANESSA OLIVER
Healthy Active Learning - Community Advisor
​​​​​​​
vanessao@sporthb.net.nz


ZOE CLINNICK
Healthy Active Learning Advisor
zoec@sporthb.net.nz

RENEE TATE 
Healthy Active Learning Advisor 

reneet@sporthb.net.nz

WAIROA

SARA BIRD
Wairoa Community Centre
Manager

​​​​​​​sarab@sporthb.net.nz

DENICE GASSON
Wairoa Programme Coordinator
deniceg@sporthb.net.nz

DEIDRE JONES
Office Administrator
deidrej@sporthb.net.nz

ACTIVE COMMUNITIES

JANE DENBY
Active Living Advisor
janed@sporthb.net.nz

MARIA BLATCH
Active Families Preschool Coordinator 

​​​​​​​mariab@sporthb.net.nz

AMANDA MCINNES
Active Living Advisor
amandam@sporthb.net.nz

RACHEL GUNSON
Active Living Advisor - CHB
rachelg@sporthb.net.nz

ROBIN PIGGOT
Active Families Preschool Coordinator
robinp@sporthb.net.nz

DIANA BOOTH
Community Cycling and Walking Development Officer
dianab@sporthb.net.nz

EANA YOUNG
Active Recreation Team Leader
eanay@sporthb.net.nz

KELLY SIM
GRx Administrator  kellys@sporthb.net.nz 

HE ORANGA POUTAMA

ESTA WAINOHU
Kaimahi Hākinakina ki te Wairoa
​​​​​​​
estaw@sporthb.net.nz

MEL GOODCHILD
Kaiwhakahaere 
melg@sporthb.net.nz

ALAYH AHOMIRO
Kaiwhakahaere
alayha@sporthb.net.nz

LYRIC WESCHE
Kaiwhakahaere He Oranga Poutama ki Te Matau a Māui
lyricw@sporthb.net.nz