MEET THE Board

Meet the board supporting our Team here at MSSW

Please get in touch with us if you have any question or need any information about MSSW.

Dr Abdul Nishar (JP )

Board Member

Abdul Nishar is a Geospatial Scientist. Abdul currently works for DOWNER as a Geospatial Solution Delivery Manager overseaing GIS operations and project delivery in Austraila and New Zealand. He has over 5 years of senior management experience across the utilities industry. In addition, Abdul has held senior operational positions with a number New Zealand based organisations.

Abdul has held board positions with a numerous not for profit organisations and currently also serves on the board of Kootuitui ki Papakura as a board member.

After living in Northland and the Central North Island, Abdul has settled in Papakura where with his wife and daughter he is an active member of the local community while enjoying the outdoor lifestyle.

Apanui Watene

Board Member

Born and raised in Hamilton. Received my Bachelor’s and Masters’s degrees from Waikato University. Married for 20years and a father of 4.  Have worked in the tertiary sector for approximately 20years while running our family consultancy business with wife.  The 5 F’s are important to me; Family, Friends, Food, Footy and Faith.  I am also interested in Men’s wellbeing and am grateful to contribute what I can to Male Support Services Waikato. 

David Waine

Board Member

“David founded Matley Financial Services in 2006. His decision to be called “Matley Financial Services” instead of “Matley Accountants” shows a vision from the start to be more than your standard Accountant – which is lucky as he really is terrible at sitting down and preparing a set of accounts! David has an interest for companies and business in general, with an uncanny ability to reference cases and legislation, as well as being involved in different governance roles in national and local committees. 

David is a Trustee of the South Waikato Achievement Trust, the Woodlands Trust at Gordonton, Chair of the South Waikato Community Organisation Scheme (COGS), secretary of the Animal Welfare Foundation and Treasurer of the Waikato JP Association. Outside of work and charity commitments, David loves to add to his growing wine cellar, has a license plate that reads “WISKEY” (tells all), read and spend time with his three children – Heath, Zara and Grace.”

 

Dean

Dean Gauthern

Board Member

Dean has been supporting people to manage and overcome their difficulties as a clinical psychologist for over 12 years. He is experienced in delivering psychological services for trauma, anxiety, depression, addiction, schizophrenia, loss and bereavement, interpersonal problems, and adjustment to change. 

 

Dean’s approach is grounded in evidence-based practice and integrates Cognitive Behavioural, Mentalization, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, and DBT approaches. Collaboration, transparency, openness, curiosity, empathy, and commitment are the main values that guide his work. 

 

In addition to his private clinical practice, Dean worked for 10 years for the Waikato DHB in areas of Forensics and Adult Mental Health. 

 

Jane Searle

Board Member

Jane started her career as a barrister and solicitor, before joining the New Zealand Police. After qualifying as a detective, she worked on the child abuse team. Jane has also worked as a counter fraud specialist in the United Kingdom, where she led a team responsible for fraud detection and investigation in the National Health Service. After returning to New Zealand, Jane worked as a trainer and investigator for local government, financial institutions, insurance companies and the health sector, before joining Child Matters in 2015.

Matutaera Herangi

Board Member

Ko Taupiri te maunga       

Waikato te awa

Potatau te tangata

He piko he taniwha

He piko he taniwha

Waikato Taniwharau
Ko Matutaera Herangi toku ingoa
No Ngaruawahia ahau

 

I am a stand for men to be free and fully self-expressed. I am committed to creating a world where women are safe and secure, and whanau are strong and thriving.

My whanau are from Ngaruawahia where I was raised and currently reside. I’ve been married to my beautiful wife Mona for 18 years, we have 5 tamariki.

I work for our tribal organisation Waikato Tainui as a content creator and producer for Tainui Live, our tribal media entity.


I am also the founder and leader of Arise Movement Mentoring and Initiation. We provide safe spaces for men and boys to create, connect and collaborate through Rites of Passage, holistic wānanga and men’s support groups.

I am passionate about making a difference for others and committed to each and every individual being empowered to author and create their own lives. It is an honour and a privilege to be a contribution to Male Support Services Waikato and to be of service to the men in our communities.

 

Sally

Sally Fenwick Ridley JP

Board Member-Chairperson

MSocSc, PGDipPsych, Grad Dip NFP Management

I have had a long association with Male Support Services Waikato and Mike Holloway and currently hold the role of Chairperson. I have a keen interest in the wellbeing and safety of children in our community and I am passionate about the work MSSW does to support men and boys and their families. I have been privileged to watch and contribute to the growth and development of the organisation over the years and look forward to the future.