COVID - 19 Response: Welcome to Alert Level 1 Whanau

UPDATE - Alert Level 1 for Auckland

Kia ora all,  TCDT want to let you know that our team continues to work with our whaanau and we are available to support. This has adapted to align and function within each of the alert level guidelines. For us, we will continue to support whaanau through mentoring; advocacy; kai packages; support groups; programmes for children in the primary schools; transportation to appointments (within social distancing requirements) and so on - In other words, our usual mahi. Stay safe whaanau and continue to look after yourself and others - be kind to each other.  

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Kia kaha 

TCDT team 

About us

The service objectives of our Trust are to provide wrap-around social support services to whanau. This service can include: advocacy, long-term mentoring, specialised counselling for children, life-skills development and parenting support, enabling families to be self-determining and aspirational.  Our service delivery is culturally appropriate and effective.  The effectiveness of our work has grown because of our constant partnership with other agencies in the community.
Established in September 1995, the Trust works with families and children in the communities of Pt England, Panmure and Glen Innes.  Our vision is to see a community of people who are educated, employed, empowered and reaching their potential.  We want to see children happy, healthy and thriving. 

What People (Organisations) Say About Us

"Pt England staff and management are very grateful to the Tamaki Community (Development) Trust for providing the school with such valuable and diverse set of supports that have proved year after year to make measurable and highly significant positive changes to the lives of children and their families."  Delwyn Jarman, Past Associate Principal, Pt England School

"At Pt England we have long believed that 'it takes a village to raise a child' and we are hugely grateful for the input and contribution of TCDT, they are an extremely valuable resource for our school and the community we serve".  Toni Nua, Associate Principal, Pt England School.

"..the TCDT workers offer a down to earth, practical and often more immediate response to these families needs.  The workers are very in-tune with our community and families and know just how much support to give..."  Rhonda Kelly, former Principal, Tamaki Primary School.

"I always describe Tamaki Community Development Trust as being like an "engine room".....this is their strength: never judgemental, never pushing beyond what a whanau can handle... Their goal is to empower and their practice matches their vision and philosophy" Chris Bush, RTLB Cluster 8

"It is fair to say that without the work of the Tamaki Community Development Trust in the community there would have been many families and individuals lost along the way.  It is changing things today, that there is hope for tomorrow" Kathryn Moore, Deputy Principal, Tamaki College.

What our Clients say about us

"...has been a big inspiration to my big family.  This organisation is very fantastic..."

"... her willingness to learn about my son's special needs...her love and understanding for the boys..she puts other people's needs ahead of hers and she cares alot about the community, the families....she is a very special person...thankyou for helping us and being there for us..."

"..has been amazing and very helpful with everything that I needed help with..."

"..helped my Dad when he was drunk..took care of me..."

" a wonderful, caring lady who works so hard for her community.  She gave our family support and love at times of need.  Thank you so much..."

"..helped my son at school and it made a big difference on his learning and behaviour..."

Vision Partnership For Change

We have built partnerships with both government and non-government agencies (e.g. schools) to enable us to provide a quality service that is free to the community.

Mission Statement

To WORK in PARTNERSHIP within a Community Led Development Framework that provides high quality accessible services and develops interdependent people and strong families.


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Our People

Nick Mulqueeney, Director/Kaiwhakahaere

After four years away, Nick has returned as our Director at TCDT. He oversee's the operational and strategic direction of our agency, as well as our service delivery in the community. He has a diverse background in community development within the social sector and in the design and delivery of learning experiences and workshops in the tertiary and corporate sector. He arrives back at TCDT after being the National Trainer at Lifeline Aotearoa, where he oversaw the organisations internal training needs and well as deliver wellbeing workshops within businesses such as Heartland Bank; 2 Degrees and Lion Breweries.

Lynette Simpson, Executive Officer/ Treasurer

Lynette is responsible for all administration matters and upkeep of the office. She is Treasurer to the Board and is responsible for funding, financial reporting, liaising with auditors and has worked with families in the community for the last 11 years. She has a Masters Degree in Professional accounting and runs her own private business in her spare time filing tax returns and compiling financial statements for her clients.

Sirikit Diaz, Family Worker

Sirikit works with families in the community providing them with mentoring, advocacy and life skills support. Sirikit is a co-facilitator of "Building Awesome Whanau" parenting programme.  She has been  involved in student crisis support & supporting families to attend the Power Up Program, family group conferences where she is a voice for the families and meetings with teachers, principals, RTLB's, doctors and other professionals working with and around the families. 

Sirikit serves on the Pt England School Board and is in the final leg of completing her Social Work degree.

Roxanne Adams, Family Worker

Roxanne, who is also a Trustee on the Board of the Dunkirk Activity Centre, works with families in the community providing them with mentoring, advocacy and life skills support.
Roxanne ensures children are involved in quality after school programmes such as Kapa Haka; Netball, and Art. She has facilitated the "Building Awesome Whanau" parenting programme and has a long term and practical approach when partnering with families. 

Roxanne is half a year away from attaining her Bachelor's in Social Work at the Te Wanaga o Aotearoa.

Osaiasi Kupu, Social Worker, Tamaki College

Osaiasi has 15 years of  experience in the Social Work sector with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Auckland Uni. Osaiasi's passion is to give people hope and to help them reach their full potential. He has developed and facilitated a Children witnessing Violence program and was also a facilitator for the Fa'afaletui Men's Stopping Violence Program - which is the only approved Pacific Domestic Violence Program in NZ.  Osaiasi has also facilitated programs at Mens prisons and is a founding member of the Ranui Action Project Trust and the Mohetaha Incorporated Society. Ozee (as he is known) works with students in the local College and goes above and goes beyond the call of duty when it comes to providing support and encouragement to our young people.

Dina Guirguis, Whanau Wellbeing Social Worker

Dina works alongside tamariki (0-12) and their whanau towards utilising their strengths and achieving their goals. This work is done through liaison with schools and other appropriate support services in the community of Pt England, Glen Innes and Panmure. Dina’s background is in Sociology and Social Work. Dina holds a Masters degree in Social Work and a Bachelors degree in Sociology and has many years of experience in both fields of practice. For the last 11 years, Dina worked with tamariki and their whanau as a Residential Social Worker then as a Social Worker in Schools.

Jordan Henare, Youth Mentor

Jordan works with young men and boys from the local community. He does this from his experience as a White Ribbon Ambassador, also having been a Care Worker for Children, a Youth Justice Youth Worker, and a Children's Right's Advocate/Kaiwhakamana. He is also involved in End Child Prostitution and Trafficking New Zealand as a board member and Tikanga advisor. His approach to working with young men is to apply his learnings from both his Degree in Youth Development, and his Masters (studying) in Professional Practice. His belief is that a strong, reliable, consistent relationship is the foundation of change and support for young men, along with exposure to positive role models from the various sports and performing arts hobbies he's involved in.

The Board of Trustees

Russell Burt, Chairperson

Russell is one of the co-founders, pioneers and a longstanding member on the board of Tamaki Community Development Trust. He is the Principal of Pt England Primary School. Experienced in overseas education to the third world, he currently operates a number of youth programmes for local children. Russell has a passion for children and families in the Tamaki community to experience their true potential. Russell and his wife Dorothy are the champions of the Manaiakalani initiative which, among other things, have implemented student practice using the media and technologies of e-learning.

Geoff Sturt, Secretary

Geoff is a long serving member of the Tamaki Community Development Trust. He is the owner and operator of Sturt Landscaping, and employs local staff in his business. Geoff also coaches local youth sports teams and has experience in Counselling. Geoff was born in Papua New Guinea and lived there for a number of years. He has always had a heart for working with the community in need.

Mary Samuels, Trustee

Mary is one of the co-founders and a longstanding member of the Tamaki Community Development Trust. She has overseas experience in aid and holistic support to third world countries. Mary has a passion to see the people of our community restored from the tragic circumstances of life that often leave them broken and hurting.

Graeme Clarke, Trustee

Graeme has served in the teaching profession and is also a long serving Elder of the Church - where he and his wife Jenny take an active role in serving the people of this community.

Joel Hamilton, Trustee

Joel joined the Board in August of 2015.  Joel is a software developer and technology enthusiast  and works with Youth in the Community. Joel is also the Chairperson of the newly formed NGO Te Hoe oo Tamaki - which is a conglomerate of the Waipareira Trust, Glen Innes Family Centre, Ruapotaka Marae and Tamaki Community Development Trust.