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Our Team

National Office

Neighbourhood Support New Zealand is ran by a small but dedicated team. 

We are based in the National Prevention Centre at Police National Headquarters in Thorndon, Wellington.

Our office hours are M - F 9am to 5pm. As we are a secure building, visits are by appointment only.

Get to know the team who help to coordinate Neighbourhood Support at the national level...

Kia ora, I'm Tess! I was born and bred in New Plymouth but have had the joy of living in Wellington for the past 20 years. 

Since being appointed CEO of NSNZ in 2017, I’ve really enjoyed working for an organisation that is focused on building communities where everyone can feel safe. I also love that NSNZ is an organisation that is open to new ideas - it’s been amazing what we’ve been able to already achieve together in a fairly short time!

 

In terms of my role, I’m particularly interested in organisational development and community engagement and I enjoy the opportunity to get out of the office and connect with our members.

 

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family. I’m an avid reader, writer and music listener, and I love walking and Pilates.

Tess Casey

Chief Executive

Kia ora, I'm Kelsey! Originally from the Wairarapa, I moved to the 'big city' when I was 13 and have lived here ever since.

Prior to joining National Office in 2015, I was the Manager of Hutt Safe City Group which looked after the operational management of Neighbourhood Support, 7 community patrols and the city’s CCTV network in the Hutt Valley.

In my current role I love connecting with Members + Supporters from across the country and seeing their local groups and organisations flourish with a bit of help and guidance.

 

In my spare time I like to hang out with friends and family, watch sport (especially rugby and V8s), relax at the beach and work on some home + garden projects with my partner since we've recently purchased our first house together. We also love to spoil our lovable furry ginger feline, ED.

Kelsey Scarr

Community Advisor

Aloha, I'm Alivia! Born and raised in Hawai'i, I've since had the pleasure of living and working abroad in Canada, Australia and now beautiful New Zealand.

 

Here at NSNZ, I love making it easier for our Members across the country to tell their story and connect with others in their communities. In the time that I've been part of the team it's been exciting to spearhead big changes to better represent ourselves as a diverse and growing organisation through a new logo, fresh resources and redesigned website.

 

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my partner, film photography, gushing over cute animals, travelling and finding new vegan eats around town. 

Please note, I work part-time and am generally available: M-F 9am to 2pm.

Alivia Prattas

Communications Advisor

National Board

Kia ora, I'm Louise but you can call me Lou! I'm a Coordinator for Neighbourhood Support Waitakere as well as the District Representative for Waitemata District which covers Members in Waitakere, Rodney, North Shore and Greenhithe. I am proud to have repsented the Waitemata District at Board level since 2014.

As one of the longest standing members of our current Board, whilst also being a Coordinator at the local level, I have a vested interest and passion for seeing NSNZ continue to grow by increasing our profile in a positive and constructive way.

Outside of Neighbourhood Support I am also a volunteer for my local Fire Brigade, a Trustee for the Waitakere Township Hall and Whangateau Cemetery, as well as a Ranui Swanson Waitakere Community Patroller.

When I have the time, my hobbies include woodworking and renovation / DIY projects. I love to create furniture and art using recycled materials as a way to relax.

Louise Grevel

Chair

Kia ora, I'm Peter! I'm a Senior Constable with New Zealand Police based in the Ruapehu region.

I have been involved with Neighbourhood Support at the local level for the past 12 years as Chairperson of the trust that is the umbrella organisation for Ruapehu Neighbourhood Support.

I have also been the District Representative for Central District for the last 4 years during which I also joined the Executive Sub-Committee for the Board.

Over the last 2-3 years NSNZ has grown into a powerful, cohesive organisation. I look forward to continuing to acknowledge our achievements while also being a part of the future growth of this amazing not-for-profit organisation.

Peter Marks

Vice Chair

Kia ora, I'm Craig - the numbers guy! I'm the Principal Chartered Accountant of Gener8 as well as involved with our local Neighbourhood Support organisation 'CommSafe' based in Te Awamutu.

 

My wife Jenny and I have 6 children which understandably keeps us busy as we support and encourage their various artistic talents.

Our faith keeps me grounded and this has led me to a particular interest in building relationships, and helping people to reach their full potential.

I love the technological age and strive to use it to its full potential in all areas of my life and work.

Craig Yarndley

Treasurer

Neighbourhood Support New Zealand is governed by 5 to 7 elected Board members.

Our current Board members are:

Kia ora, I'm Brendan but you can call me BT! I'm a Senior Constable with New Zealand Police based at North Dunedin Police Station with over 33 years of experience in policing. I am also a Board Member of Otago Neighbourhood Support Charitable Trust, a position I've had the pleasure of holding for over 4 years. 

Through this connection I operate as the Police Liaison Officer for Otago NS, forging links between other stakeholders such as CPNZ, Campus Watch (Otago University), the business sector and schools. I also regularly attend Neighbourhood Support events and training workshops as well as provide ongoing support to our Regional Otago NS Coordinator.

I'm a huge supporter of NSNZ and see the enormous potential in building even closer relationships with Police throughout the country. I look forward to continuing to play a role in NSNZ's growth so that we can become a major player in emergency response and community safety here in New Zealand.

Brendan Thomson

Board Member

Kia ora, I'm Colleen! I've been the Chair of Manurewa Neighbourhood Support for 7 years and am also the District Representative for Counties Manukau.

With a background in education, I've been a lecturer in Communication as well as a Manukau City Councillor for 9 years where I am currently serving another term on the Counties Manukau District Health Board where I chair two committees. I have also been passionately involved in the disability sector in governance and advisory roles whilst also supporting my son for the past 30 years.

I live in Hillpark, Manurewa, Auckland one of the last urban forests in New Zealand where I spend my days writing and watching Tui, Kereru and finches zoom around my garden.

I see NSNZ as being a key factor in creating sustainable, healthy, and well connected communities across the country. With a large immigrant community in my district, Neighbourhood Support creates an opportunity to cultivate a sense of ownership of our streets and wider community, giving residents both old and new a sense of pride and belonging for where they live.

Colleen Brown

Board Member

Kia ora, I'm Lois! I'm a Fundraising Coordinator for Otago Neighbourhood Support Charitable Trust, an organisation I was responsible for setting up over 15 years ago and served as Chair of for more than 4 years.

I am an experienced fundraiser - awarded the NZ Order of Merit in 2015 for my contributions to a large number of local and national organisations where I've raised up to $200,000 at a time. I also serve as Trustee of 4 Dunedin Trusts including the North East Valley Project and SuperGrans Aotearoa - where I assist with fundraising for both.

With a background in HR, broadcasting (radio and television), events organisation, management and marketing I enjoy bringing lots of enthusiasm and laughter to our great Board.

I've seen huge growth and changes in our organisation since first becoming involved with Neighbourhood Support nearly 18 years ago and am excited by what the future holds for NSNZ and our Members. The best is yet to come!

Lois Scott-Muir

Board Member

Kia ora, I'm Claire! I'm based in Pauanui Beach where I'm the Chairman for Pauanui Neighbourhood Support, a role I've held since 2014. I'm also currently the Neighbourhood Support Deputy District Representative for Waikato as well as a Justice of the Peace.

In my role as Chairman, I've been proud to secure long term funding for town security cameras as well as providing upskilling for household members and street contacts. I've also helped to bring PNS into the 21st century by establishing a social media presence for the organisation.

As the newest Board member I look forward to learning from my fellow members and helping to create safer communities across Aotearoa.

Claire Steer

Board Member

District Representatives

As a membership-based organisation, we care deeply about ensuring the diverse voices of our Members are heard at the national level. Our District Representative Forum comprises of twelve democratically elected Members - 1 from each of the 12 Police Districts.

Our current District Representatives are:

Auckland District - Annie Heem

Bay of Plenty District - Les Cresswell

Canterbury District - Debra Hasson

Central District - Peter Marks

Counties Manukau District - Colleen Brown

Eastern District - John Roberts

Northland District - Shelley Henderson

Southern District - Jacqueline Hyde

Tasman District - Katy Steele

Waikato District - Chris Smith

Waitemata District - Louise Grevel

Wellington District - Cathy Cameron

 

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