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Scholarship Award Winners


For many years, WISE Charitable Trust has supported local and emerging students from Waitara High School in the form of providing financial scholarships at the Senior Prize giving each year. However, in 2019 the scholarships were refined to better reflect the values of the Trust and to encourage youth leadership within the town of Waitara.


One of those awards, the Trust wanted to encourage and highlight examples of community leadership and active citizenship in Waitara. The inaugural winners of the “Tū Tangata Taiohi o Whaitara” award for 2019 are: Tewhaia Loveridge, Nelly Maheu Niumea and Tusi Afelee Niumea.

Nelly Maheu Niumea and Tusi Afelee Niumea and Tewhaia Loveridge pictured then General Manager Tracey Bryant.

 Nelly Maheu Niumea, Tusi Afelee Niumea and Tewhaia Loveridge pictured with then General Manager Tracey Bryant.

We recently caught up with our “Tū Tangata Taiohi o Whaitara” award winners and Jared Dixon who is their youth leader and mentor. One can tell the boys are close and have very good connection and mutual respect between them and their mentor. They all look up to Jared and say that through his support, encouragement and commitment, they have thrived. Tusi, Nelly and Tewhaia shared their past younger experiences and life decisions and agreed that their passion for community work stems from those experiences. Some of the work they’ve done in the community includes helping out at school holiday programmes, assisting in the community garden, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in Waitara and also actively participated in community korero about the Treaty of Waitangi in Waitara, and also suicide awareness.

Tusi, Nelly, Tewhaia and Jared were invited to a Board meeting of WISE Charitable Trust to meet the Trustees and share their journey and future plans for 2020.Pictured from left to right-Damon Jacobsen (Chair), Kura Denness (Trustee), Paul Scouller (General Manager), Jared, Tewhaia, Nelly and Tiri Porter (Co-Vice Chair).

Tusi, Nelly, Tewhaia and Jared were invited to a Board meeting of WISE Charitable Trust to meet the Trustees and share their journey and future plans for 2020.Pictured from left to right-Damon Jacobsen (Chair), Kura Denness (Trustee), Paul Scouller (General Manager), Jared, Tewhaia, Nelly and Tiri Porter (Co-Vice Chair).

Nelly and Tewhaia are prefects and peer mediators at Waitara High School and this has inspired them even more to go into practice as youth workers. Tewhaia says that he always advises his peers to channel any negative energy into doing something positive. They would like to see rangatahi of Waitara strive towards self-betterment and grow in confidence. Jared speaks highly of the young men and says it’s been amazing watching them move out from their comfort zones and grow. He has learned from them just as much as they have learned from him. The group has exciting projects in the pipeline and plan to not only make a difference in Waitara, Taranaki but the whole of Aotearoa! Tusi completed his studies at Waitara High School last year and is currently studying towards his qualifications as a Youth Worker through Praxis New Zealand, in Whanganui. Nelly and Tewhaia are also youth leaders at the local youth group that offers fun and interactive activities for the young people of Waitara.

We can learn a thing or two from this amazing group of young men who have achieved so much through demonstrating their strong sense of belonging and belief in themselves, and their peers in the spirit of kotahitanga, manaakitanga and whanaungatanga. Tusi, Nelly and Tewhaia are excited to use the award money to attend further youth leadership conferences and workshops in the months ahead. We look forward to keeping in contact with our “Tū Tangata Taiohi o Whaitara” award winners and supporting them to continue their active citizenship in our community of Waitara.

WISE people love community

2019 was filled with craziness, fun and adventure. Insulation remained our main employment stream and was very busy due to the high demand of the Warmer Kiwi Homes insulation programme. To meet this demand we recruited insulation team members in both the Taranaki and Rotorua regions. We also had a new landcare team member join the team whilst one of the team was promoted to team leader.Not only are we committed to creating employment and providing our staff with the necessary skills to provide for their whanau, but we also immerse ourselves into various community and charity initiatives. The following community initiatives have been the highlight of the year for our staff.

The community garden:

We were able to fill up the Pataka on Broadway Street, Waitara with bags of potatoes, bunches of silverbeet and courgettes from our first harvest of the year. Last year the Waitara High school students helped with weeding, planting seedlings and generally maintaining the community garden. Manukorihi Intermediate School collected recycled egg cartons and planted seedlings for the garden. We have also been blessed to have a dedicated local “Shimmy” put a huge amount of time and effort into bringing our 2020 summer crops to life.


Hapū Wānanga Taranaki:

Hapū Wānanga does amazing work in Taranaki hosting fun and interactive workshops to educate expectant parents on Māori child birth. Tawera and Sharron (Māori midwives) and Moerangi (a general practitioner) share information and skills needed to be ready for pregnancy, birth and raising tamariki. WISE has been privileged to be part of this great initiative where we share affordable and effective ways to keep homes warm and healthy with pregnant wāhine and their whanau.


Jammies in August:

A total of 140 pyjamas were donated to children in Taranaki and Rotorua this winter. WISE donated 60 packs while the rest came from Landmark Homes NZ, BabyCity New Plymouth and Steven Sole Customs. The public nominated families they thought could benefit from the drive in addition to WISE utilising their relationships with Oranga Tamariki and Taranaki Women’s Refuge, providing cosy warm pj’s to their clients.



Christmas spirit:

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year but for many families this is a stressful time. The WISE staff is always ready to help where we can. WISE helped coordinate this year’s Waitara- Kai Potaka foodbank drive and had staff also participate on the day. We always find this to be a fun and interactive evening with the community coming out to support this great cause. The annual toy donation to the children’s ward is a favourite amongst staff. It’s always so amazing to see a smile on those little faces when we give out the toys.


For the first time, we also contributed 2 baskets to the Operation Blue Santa. This initiative was started in 2016 by Tu Tama Wahine and New Plymouth Police with 50 families who had contact with the Family Harm unit receiving baskets of goodies for Christmas. The goal for this year is 400 baskets to be given to these families. WISE staff members were excited to donate 2 baskets to this initiative.


Introducing Nicole Arendse


Nicole is our new Sales and Funding Coordinator here at WISE. Her role includes working closely with Tracey and Petunia on various sales and funding tasks. She will be putting our sales and marketing strategies into practice and following up on funding leads.

Nicole recently moved to South Taranaki after graduating from AUT with a Bachelor of Business. Her two majors are Sustainable Enterprise and Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

She is passionate about the environment and enjoys gardening, reading, sewing and watching TV. She hopes that this new adventure at WISE will teach her new skills and help her grow in her career.

Anaru moves on after 10 years with WISE


As a young boy growing up in Waitara where everyone around him worked in the freezing works or in shearing, Anaru knew he wanted something more, something bigger and better for his community.  Growing up with 2 brothers and sisters, his home was a busy one filled with laughter and often mischief (Anaru is after all the middle child).

Anaru describes going to boarding school as a young teenager as having the biggest impact on him being the person that he is today.  Leaving his community and everything he had ever known, he was anxious, apprehensive but above all very excited.  Being away from home for long periods of time taught him how to get on with other people and the importance of teamwork.

Allan Marshall, his father was the most inspirational person in his life  “He was a very hard working guy, he always seemed to have more than one job.  He worked in the freezing works, he was a shearer in the off-season and he also worked at a local metal mill. Sometimes he was doing all three jobs at once” Anaru says . Even with the busy work schedule, his father had a lot to do with his part of social organisations like Jaycees and Civil Defence.  Anartu says his father also put a lot of energy into young people and sport coaching Rugby League at various levels.  Anaru admired his parent’s work ethic as they both worked very hard to put him and his sister through boarding school.

Anaru first became aware of WISE in the early 2000s when he was working for a health provider.  Anaru attended some of the early meetings of WISE.

“The broader determinants of health have nothing to do with doctors dispensing medicines or nurses strapping injuries. They are about how we live and provide for our families at home and within our own communities.”   

WISE is all about improving people’s health and well-being through employment and improving living conditions for families in our communities through the insulation programmes it deliveres” says Anaru.

When Anaru first started at WISE, the goal set by other community groups was to insulate 10,000 low income homes.  It seemed an unachievable goal however by working with other people and organisations in the community, WISE finally achieved that goal in 2015  More than 300 people have been employed during this process.  

Anaru was also involved with the Otago School of Medicine research work that was centred on how we as a nation can improve the living conditions of fellow New Zealanders. “To have played a small part in this has been a real privilege”, said Anaru.

Anaru believes that there will always be a place for an organisation like WISE. WISE is a true social enterprise, part commercial, part social but also community owned.  By having a commercial side WISE creates employment and can run its own projects to respond to the needs of its community.  WISE is not just a business, it’s not government, but it does a little of each under its Charitable Trust structure.

What is next for Anaru Marshall?

Anaru has been working with his Iwi Ngati Maru for a while now as part of the Treaty negotiations team. Now that they getting near the end, he will put more of his time into finalising the claim. “It has also been a privilege for me to be on the Ngati Maru treaty claim. The journey for redress was started many years ago and a lot of people have played a part in the process. Being here at the end to finalise it is very humbling. I am very grateful.” Anaru says.

Anaru’s passion and strong ties to the community has enabled WISE to do the work we do. Anaru will be missed for his hard work, determination and leadership.

WISE donates firewood to SPCA New Plymouth


                          WISE Sales & Marketing Team with Ellie & Floyd the Pug


The WISE Sales and Marketing team dropped off a trailer load of fire wood to the New Plymouth SPCA on the 29th of November. It was such an eye-opening experience and the team was able a sneak in a cuddle with our furry friends. We caught up with Amanda who has been with the SPCA for over five years now. The SPCA currently have approximately 60 animals including cows, horses, rabbits and birds in their care. Over 100 kittens are in foster homes.

While the team was visiting the SPCA we got a bit of insight to what the SPCA staff do. They work tirelessly and have such passion and connection with all the animals. Amanda shared with us the reason she loves her job is because she gets to care for the animals that have been neglected and gets to send them off to their new home.


Some of the challenges the SPCA face are trying to take in as many animals as they can however, there is a waiting list for cats and dogs. The reason for the waiting list is because they have limited cages and need to keep some spare for emergencies. All animals spend 7 days in quarantine, they are then de-sexed. Finally, they’ll be advertised for adoption and put in the adoption cages.


The public has been generous with their donation of blankets and towels however they’re in desperate need of volunteers, kitten food, kitty litter and kitten toys. Contact the New Plymouth SPCA on 067582053 or visit their centre at 75 Colson Road, New Plymouth.      

Community Garden

As a Charitable Trust we are always looking for ways to help in our community where we can. Our staff are always keen to participate and contribute to make a difference in our society. Tracey, Our general manager is actively engaging with our locals to determine the needs of the community and how we as a charitable trust can help.

After engaging with Aroha Kai and the Waitara Food Bank Tracey was motivated to revamp our community garden again. Staff and scheduled volunteers will tend to the garden which will provide food for those in need. Seeding till Harvest will be at WISE premises in Waitara. The produce will be given to community groups and individuals for distribution. WISE is hoping for a cooking class with somebody local to teach the community. Also teaching health knowledge with vegetables.


The voluntary garden will be on-going every season. In winter Cabbage, Broccoli and Cauliflower will be planted. In summer passionfruit, tomato and corn will be planted. The focus is to grow staples such as kumara, pumpkin, potatoes and easy food that doesn’t require extra retrograde.
Waitara High School is currently helping WISE prepare the potatoes beds, weeding, raking and seeding. This gives the students a hands on learning activity and experience. They’re learning to grow their own food as well as healthy eating.
Our community garden is in need of volunteers, however you’ll need to bring your own equipment. You can also donate garden equipment and money for seeds. We are still in need of yoghurt trays, egg trays to assist with seeding. REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE


LED Lights Distribution

WISE is always looking for ways to make homes warmer, drier and healthier. With the number of children living below the poverty line on the increase, parents are struggling to put food on the table as electricity costs, amongst others take priority. A study done by the University of Otago found that one in 4 families are fuel poor. This is sad and is not the New Zealand we want ...

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97 Mould Street, Waitara 4320, Taranaki, New Zealand

Phone: 0508 238 837 or (06) 754 7361


1180 Haupapa Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

Phone: 0508 238 837