Meet the Team

Gaylene Street

Acting General Manager

Gaylene is our Senior Volunteer Management Consultant. She joined Volunteering Bay Of Plenty (VBOP) in May 2017, firstly as a volunteer and then took on the role of Events & Marketing Coordinator.  Gaylene is also the Volunteer Coordinator for Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust, helping them with their volunteer management.

 She moved from Auckland to Tauranga in April 2016 with her husband Wayne whose family roots are in the Bay of Plenty and is enjoying the lifestyle this region gives her.
Gaylene previously worked for Auckland Council in Property Management and Health & Safety and has extensive experience in Customer Service & Service delivery.  She holds a National Certificate in Business (First Line Management) (Level 4) and a Certificate in Accounting Administration & Payroll.  She has also gained a certificate in the Essentials of Volunteer Management.
Gaylene is currently in the position of Acting General Manager until such time as a new General Manager is appointed.

Anna Bailey

Volunteer Management Consultant

Anna Bailey is our Volunteer Management Consultant who joined VBOP in September 2016 as our Volunteer Coordinator. Anna finished Masters Degree in HR and also did another HR course in London to swap her knowledge to English language. She is very keen to stay focused in Human Resources and learn new things. Anna is from small town Humenne in Slovakia. Along with HR she has been studying Teaching of specialized subjects. After studies she moved to London to work and learn English. During that time she met Kiwi man, they got married and decided to move to his home land and she is now the proud mother of Jack. Anna is very happy to be in New Zealand as she loves the sea and outdoor activities. She also has become an interpreter in Slovak and Czech language for BOP area so she can use her native language.  She has completed a certificate in the Essentials of Volunteer Management.

Anna is currently on maternity leave and due to return to us in September 2020.

Betty Howell

Administration Assistant

Betty says Tauranga is a great place to live, we have the best of everything here.  Having worked her whole life in this area, Betty counts herself very lucky.  She has worked in office administration roles for a Stock and Station Company, Suzuki Motorcycle business, various kiwifruit exporters, and lastly for an avocado/kiwifruit exporting company for 18 years.  The roles were varied and interesting.  She loved playing tennis, indoor cricket and badminton.  A mother of two and grandmother of three, with interests in gardening, reading and watching sport on TV, she is now an active retiree who volunteers at Volunteering Bay of Plenty 3 days a week to help with maintaining the database, recruitment of volunteers and general administrative duties.

Te Ara Dirkse

Volunteer Management Consultant

Te Ara joined us as a Volunteer Management Consultant in August to cover Anna Bailey’s maternity leave.

She has a strong interest in youth focused issues and well-being, and she completed her degree in Psychology and Education at Victoria University of Wellington. She has worked in a variety of roles and industries including Marketing and Event Management for Monster Energy, Digital Production at Aardman Animations and Fashion Buying at Freestyle Xtreme.

Hailing from Katikati originally, she felt the call to return home after 11 years in the UK and her English husband was only too happy to make the move to the sunny Bay Of Plenty. They are now happily settled in Tauranga and are enjoying the beaches and outdoor lifestyle the area provides.