Board of Trustees
George Hill (Kaumatua, Ngāti Whātua): For twelve years he managed the Methodist Mission based in central Auckland. He has worked within the Health and Disability Commission and in Adult Maori literacy. Chaired the Cultural Reference Group which had the responsibility of adapting the ASIST Training for Maori, working closely with “LivingWorks”, Canada.
George has an extensive working history in the community NGO sector. Has completed the T4T Training for ASIST.He has been a kaumatua at Lifeline Aotearoa since 2003, attending and coordinating the aspect to many ASIST Workshops.
Kiri Hannifin (Chair): Kiri completed her LLB and BA (Politics) at the University of Canterbury. She has worked in several legal areas in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In the United Kingdom she also worked implementing European equality law before returning to New Zealand to work as a political advisor for the fifth Labour Government. She has been working around intimate partner violence and child abuse since 2007.
Julia Hunter: I am of Samoan and Pakeha descent. I grew up in Auckland and graduated from Auckland University with a BA/LLB. I have a mix of legal, research and policy experience in the health field. Early in my career, I worked as a legal advisor at the Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner not long after The Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights came into effect. I then worked for a year in Boston as a part-time research fellow for the Prescription Access Litigation Project, a non-profit consumer advocacy initiative, and undertook assistant research work at The Harvard School of Public Health. Following this, I worked for three years as a policy advisor at the UK General Medical Council.
Since returning to NZ, I have been very involved in my children’s local school community, which has included working for a year as a teacher aide at their school. I am co-writing a non-fiction book for primary-aged children on New Zealand civics, which aims to help children feel empowered to participate in society now and as they get older.
I am excited to be on the Board of an organisation like Changing Minds that is committed to working towards a socially inclusive New Zealand – a vision that I hold dear and actively promote in my own family and wider circles.