Tairāwhiti Local Advisory Committee

Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Tairāwhiti Local Advisory Committee

Welcome to the new Tairāwhiti Local Advisory Committee - mihi mai rā.

The Tairāwhiti Local Advisory Committee has now been established. Read more below about who is involved. 


Molly has been involved in Māori Health for many years in Tairāwhiti and was previously a Manager of Older Persons Services with Anglican Care Waiapu servicing Bay of Plenty and Hawke's Bay. She was Coordinator of Tairāwhiti Safe Communities with a focus on community safety and injury prevention.  Molly has previously been a member of the Injury Surveillance Ministerial Advisory Board and Hawkes Bay/East Coast/Gisborne Community Response Model Advisory Group.  In 2008 Molly received the Insignia of a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for services to Māori health.  She is currently the Chair of SuperGrans Tairāwhiti.




Louise is currently on secondment from her Health and Disability Advocacy role to Tairāwhiti DHB assisting with the COVID-19 response. Louise spent 16 years on a station at Hangaroa and her experiences there during Cyclone Bola and heavy storms have given her an understanding of rural community resilience. Louise previously worked in emergency management in Gisborne and the West Coast, and was the Waste Coordinator for the Rena oil spill response in 2011. She is part of  Maritime New Zealand's National Response Team and has been the Health and Safety Advisor for Relay for Life, for which she received a Volunteer Service Award in 2019.




Alice is an experienced coordinator working at the Tairāwhiti Community Voice and is the Youth Councillor for the Gisborne District Youth Council.  Alice brings experience working in the civic and social sectors and is an advocate for youth and community engagement, with a passion for women's rights.





Donette lives in Ruatoria where she runs and owns a café.  She is Ngāti Porou and passionate about supporting local communities. She has worked voluntarily as a Victim Support for New Zealand Police throughout the East Coast.  Donette has also worked as a trainer with Lifeline delivering suicide prevention programmes in the community.  She has extensive educational involvement as a parent, teacher and board member in early childhood, primary and secondary school.




Joelene spent over a decade working for the Tairāwhiti District Health Board and now runs her own hypnotherapy business. Joelene has ties with Raukokore, Hicks Bay and Waipiro and has held governance roles in a number of community organisations. She was the co- founder of Feed Tairāwhiti.





Vance works for WorkSafe New Zealand and is a Maru Toa Health and Safety Inspector.  Vance spent ten years with the Gisborne District Council,  including five as Strategic Manager consulting with communities from Rere to Waikura Valley.  Vance is currently a doctoral student at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.




The map below shows the area that the Tairāwhiti Local Advisory Committee will cover (shown in dark blue).

If you want to talk more about the Tairāwhiti LAC, please contact our local team, or the Region Manager. 

Local Fire and Emergency management team

Region Manager: David Guard