JOHN HAWKER – Team leader
I’m a retired school principal who now enjoys looking after our property, having time to pursue hobbies and taking an increasing active part in the Rangiora Rotary Club. I am currently the vice president. I enjoy photography both still and video and also walking in our wonderful country’s open spaces. I have been married to Katrina for thirty six years and we have two grown up children. Our elder daughter Angela is 31, an equine veterinary surgeon who lives in Cambridge with her husband Bill, also a vet, Bill’s two children from a previous marriage and their own new baby boy Zac. Our younger daughter Jennie is 28 and is a lawyer living in Auckland, her husband Kenton is a fire-fighter. Katrina and I were married in London and had our honeymoon in Skane in the district we will be visiting. We both love travelling and have toured Europe, USSR, and in more recent times, have enjoyed travelling in Australia, America and Asia.
ANDREW GOODALE – Production Manager (Joinery)
I work as a production manager at Cooper Webley Ltd a small joinery firm in Nelson where I over see the manufacture of kitchens, office furniture and shop fit-outs. I have been working here for almost 7 years now and really enjoy my work. I am a father of two great children, Alyssa 3 and Connor 5 1/2 and have been happily married for the past 6 years to Tasha. Before working at Cooper Webley I had a varity of management jobs including 6 years managing McDonalds, 2 years running a Mobil petrol station and a year in the Hawks Bay at a camp as a Client Host. Although I have never been overseas I have spent time tripping around the North and South Islands of New Zealand. I used to enjoy many adventure sport such as rock climbing, abseiling and kayaking, but this doesn’t happen as much these days due to a back injury and off course the kids taking up all my spare time. While in Sweden I wish to study the management , marketing and production techniques used in their joinery factories.
JANE CHISHOLM – High School Teacher
I am a teacher of Physical Education and Health at Greymouth High School, and I have been employed here since 2004. I have taught a combination of Health, Physical Education and Mathematics and I am currently the Year 13 Dean. Before I started teaching at Greymouth I was a Snow Safety Officer and Head Ski Patroller at Mt Cheeseman, and have ski patrolled in Canada for a couple of seasons. I am passionate about good health and fitness and love all sport and being in the outdoors. I enjoy my sport here in Greymouth. I have represented the coast in Golf, Volleyball, Basketball and Tennis. I also enjoy Skiing and playing Netball. I have enjoyed coaching various sports and offered students and staff a number of outdoor education trips (tramping, skiing, sea kayaking, mountain biking). I am very passionate about the outdoors.
ANNA WILKES – Enviromental Scientist
I am an environmental scientist working for Golder Associates, a global engineering and environmental services company. My particular area of interest and expertise is water quality. My work involves assessing water quality in rivers and streams to determine what environmental impacts a client’s activity e.g. farming, industry or residential development will have on rivers and streams. Some of the projects I have worked on include large scale hydro-electric power and irrigation schemes, coal and gold mining operations and storm water management from new residential developments. I grew up in Blenheim, a small town in Marlborough, New Zealand’s largest wine producing region. I now live in Christchurch where I am slowly renovating an old house. Outside of work I spend my time on a range of activities including film, theatre, music, cooking and gardening. I also regularly spend time with family and friends. I have travelled extensively and enjoy hearing of others’ travel experiences as well as sharing my own.
HEATHER JURGENS – District Manager (Automobile Association)
I have been working for the New Zealand Automobile Association (NZAA) for three years, two of which have been as Nelson District Manager. I manage a team of six Centre Staff, and four Road Service Officers. The Nelson, Tasman District has 19,700 AA Members and along with the various Member services we also offer Insurance Products, Finance, Driver and Vehicle Licensing, and Tourism Sales. We also represent our members for motoring policy and hold monthly meetings with an elected AA Council to discuss Local and National issues. Road Safety is paramount to the NZAA and myself, and with Sweden being seen as the world leader in Road Safety, Driver Training, Youth Drivers and BAC levels I look forward to being given the opportunity to see first hand how these relevant processes and programs work in practice. I grew up in Gisborne and moved to Nelson with my partner James Kerr who is a teacher. I am an outgoing friendly person and enjoy an active and social life where I love catching up with friends, mountain biking, reading, tennis, scuba diving and going to the beach. I have travelled extensively and enjoy experiencing other cultures.
KELLY BRISTOW – Ministry Of Justice Team Leader
I am a Team Leader based in the Criminal Court at the Ministry of Justice in Christchurch. The main responsibility in my role is managing eight staff both older and more experienced in service than myself. And managing the second largest criminal list court in New Zealand. As well as working on various Local and National projects which keep me both motivated and challenged. Some of the projects I have worked on are a National ‘Mock Court’ and a Local Registrars List. I am particularly passionate about the Justice Sector and am constantly looking into crime prevention and improving current systems that are currently in place locally. I was born in bred in Christchurch and bought my first property three years ago. Where my partner Haydn and I live with our dog Louie. We are getting married in January 2010 at a winery in Christchurch. I am very active and outgoing and enjoy taking part in sporting activities and social events. I attend the gym on a regular basis, play netball in the winter and touch in the summer. One particular strength and passion of mine while growing up and still is today is public speaking. Where I am fortunate to continue my skills in this area by having various speaking roles within the Ministry today.