Our People

Wendy Lansdown

Board Chair

Wendy Lansdown - Board Chair

Wendy started her REAP journey in 1988 when Helen Tennant, the General Manager of Southern Hawkes Bay REAP (now Tararua REAP), offered her the Early Childhood Education Coordinator position but Wendy decided to decline due to pregnancy. In 2003, Wendy became the Strengthening Families Coordinator, and had roles as the Parent Education Support Coordinator, Incredible Years educator and started the first Autism Support Group. Wendy finished her time as a staff member in 2013 but returned to the Tararua REAP Board in 2017 and has been there ever since. Wendy is now our Chairwoman.

Wendy has always loved lifelong learning, which is why she is so passionate about REAP. It is a holistic service that supports families, which is especially important in our small community. Wendy has a passion for the community and a desire to be a part of something bigger. As Chairwoman, Wendy aims to flexibly and responsively support staff to deliver the services that Tararua REAP offers.

Claire Chapman

General Manager

Claire Chapman - General Manager

After 22 years working for Primary (formally Agriculture) ITO Claire is thrilled to have the opportunity to lead Tararua REAP. Whilst her and her husband live “just over the hill” in the beautiful Pohangina Valley, Dannevirke is very much home and where lots of family and friends reside.  

Claire enthusiastically leads her team of REAP staff with the aim to help build strong, confident and educated communities.  She values this rewarding work as REAP continues to make a positive difference in peoples lives by supporting lifelong learning from early childhood though to adult education programmes.  But that is not all! Claire ensures Tararua REAP is closely connected to the heart of the Tararua, through partnerships with other community organisations and an open door policy for general public to share ideas or ways REAP can further support them.

Kerri Verwaayen

Financial Manager

Kerri Verwaayen - Financial Manager

Kerri supports the Tararua REAP team by making sure the financial matters are all taken care of including the wage payments.  She performs Treasurer duties for the Tararua Community Youth Services.  Kerri lives on a farm and looks after the administration and finances and is also the main calf rearer… just for some physical activity!

Alyshea Bell

Strengthening Families Coordinator

Alyshea Bell - Strengthening Families Coordinator

As the Strengthening Families Coordinator, Alyshea helps families work through the ‘red tape’ stuff with government and community organisations so that they can sort through their concerns and life’s challenges with the right support they need. She doesn’t profess to know everything that’s available but makes it her mission to find out to learn and grow. 

When Alyshea isn’t promoting the Strengthening Families process she enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking the dogs, 4×4 and discovering new spots especially within the Tararua District to explore.

Rose Bertram

Early Childhood Education Coordinator

Rose Bertram - Early Childhood Education Coordinator

Rose has a range of Education qualifications from Edith Cowan University, Perth Australia.  This role offers Rose wonderful opportunities to support ECE and primary teachers, whānau/parent and other organisations throughout the Tararua community with professional development, opportunities to network and achieve personal and professional goals.

Lynley Densham

Receptionist

Lynley Densham - Receptionist

Lynley is our Receptionist who answers your phone calls and is the first person you see when you walk into REAP.  She enjoys greeting everybody when they walk through the door and making them feel welcome and supporting the REAP team whenever needed.  

Lynley enjoys the diversity of people and children who walk through the REAP doors and prides herself on making sure they leave knowing they have had a great experience, and are happy to return!  Lynley grew up in Dannevirke, and has recently returned after 30 years, and is enjoying being part of a small, strong community again.

Lynley is a trained Budget Service Financial Mentor and helps the REAP team build our community’s financial capability.

Anya Stewart

Administrator

Anya Stewart  - Administrator

Anya is our Administrator and helps our team with Adult Education, Budget Services and Reception duties.  Anya offers an inviting smile at reception and is ready to assist staff or REAP attendees whenever needed. Out of work Anya loves spending time on the farm with her husband and children. 

Rebekah Charlton

Funding, Marketing, Communications Coordinator

Rebekah Charlton - Funding, Marketing, Communications Coordinator

Rebekah supports the Tararua REAP team with many back-office aspects of service delivery, from funding applications to course promotion.  She performs Secretary duties for Tararua REAP Board, The Local Management Group and the Tararua Community Youth Services.   

Rebekah also teaches yoga in Dannevirke and is a partner in Club SuperCue Limited which delivers Strength and Balance Classes for older adults online and in the community. Her husband operates the Wairarapa Just Cabins Franchise along side managing their small lifestyle block. Rebekah’s daughter is attends High School in Hawke's Bay during the week so on weekends she enjoys spending time with her.

Deanna Veerkamp

Coordinator / Financial Mentor

Deanna Veerkamp - Coordinator / Financial Mentor

Deanna is one of the Budget Service Financial Mentors and supports people who are in financial hardship or those who want to improve their financial situation.  Deanna works one on one or in small groups and teaches the basics of competent money management.  

Deanna is family orientated, she enjoys gardening and interior design.  Deanna has a big heart and is the first female White Ribbon ambassador in the Tararua Region.

Rozanne Jensen

Coordinator / Financial Mentor

Rozanne Jensen  - Coordinator / Financial Mentor

Rozanne is one of the Budget Service Financial Mentors and works one on one or in small groups teaching the basics of competent money management.  

Rozanne has been around Dannevirke all her life and after 15 years in the banking sector joined Tararua REAP at the end of 2020 as a Financial Mentor. Rozanne’s passion is working with people especially educating them to understand and manage their money. Joining the Budget Service team gives her the opportunity not only to assists people in financial difficulty but educate the ones that want to better themselves for the future.

Outside of work Rozanne love spending time with family and friends creating lifelong memories.

Jaron Vince

Employment Liaison Cooridinator

Jaron Vince - Employment Liaison Cooridinator

Jaron is the Employment Liaison for North Tararua - encompassing Dannevirke, Norsewood, Ormondville, Weber, out to Herbertville. Jaron has a wealth of experience working in different industries, for many different employers both in NZ and overseas and his mission is to help local people get into local jobs and training.

Offering support for employers, training providers, employees and job seekers it is Jaron’s mission to help Tararua REAP build community resilience through education, employment and industry training.

Jaron is a trained Budget Service Financial Mentor and helps the REAP team build our community’s financial capability.

Trudie Flynn

Employment Liaison Coordinator

Trudie Flynn - Employment Liaison Coordinator

Trudie Flynn is based in Woodville and will be focussed on Southern Tararua.  Trudie understands the personal impact from working in a job or industry that doesn’t match interest level, skills or career path. Hence, she is passionate about helping people find the right training or career path. 

Trudie is a proud mother of four and in the summer you’ll find her outdoors with the family doing bush walks, cycling and day excursions. While in the winter Trudie enjoys the warm fire after a day out in the cold supporting the kids with their sports.

Papakura Kaa

Coordinator

Papakura Kaa -  Coordinator

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Ko Manawatū tōku awa

Ko Takitimu tōku waka

Ko Ngāti Kahungunu tōku iwi

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Ko Papakura Kaa tōku ingoa.

Papakura grew up in Dannevirke and recently returned after 13 years away. She is passionate about developing and helping people realise their potential.  

Papakura loves a challenge, a quick learner who can adapt to any situation.  She is a bubbly, happy person who is very capable and helps the wider team in many different ways. 

Papakura supports the Employment Liaison Coordinators, and assists with marketing, administration and reception.

Shelly Richardson

Coordinator

Shelly Richardson - Coordinator

Shelly is Tararua REAP’s capable allrounder, she is a valued support person for the whole REAP team helping with ECE, Science Lab, Data Base Management, Financial Manager backup and adult education course coordination. 

Shelly recently moved back to Dannevirke late 2020 with her husband and she is excited to be working at the heart of the Tararua community. She has two sons who have left home to follow their passions.  Shelly and her husband have brought a dry stock farm that keeps her busy when she is not at REAP.

Our Board

Current Board Members are (from left): Rebekah Charlton (Secretary), Liz Gunson (Deputy Chair resigned 6/21), Donna Milner, Wendy Lansdown (Board Chair), Sue Berry (resigned 6/21), Sharyne Wimsett, Stephen Paewai

Our Board - Current Board Members are (from left): Rebekah Charlton (Secretary), Liz Gunson (Deputy Chair resigned 6/21), Donna Milner, Wendy Lansdown (Board Chair), Sue Berry (resigned 6/21), Sharyne Wimsett, Stephen Paewai