The most important question Tony always asks is …… why. Why do we do what we do? Why are we doing what we are doing? Why do it that way? Does it conform with our purpose, with the deed, with the constitution, the vision or mission. Is this why the organisation exists? Through this philosophy, he takes a vision and makes it reality through sound strategy development.
Tony spent more than a decade overseas been involved in multinational companies, not for profits, startups and sell outs before returning to New Zealand. Roles have been across organisations such as sales, operations, projects, governance, business ownership, to his current business and charity interests.
He has a broad knowledge of business and commercial acumen with interests in technology and the advantages of the right technology for the right purpose in a business. Tony is Managing Director of Stratus Blue, a technology focused company, providing IT services, support and provision for New Zealand micro, small and medium enterprises. Tony is also director of Evolution Networks, providing Internet Services for the Eastern Bay of Plenty and rural communities.
Tony and his wife, originally from Dublin, Ireland , have 3 primary school children including twin boys In his spare time he tries to come up with decent Dad Jokes, mountain biking, snow boarding
Monique’s decision to move to the sunny bay in January 2014 was instigated when her eldest daughter decided to study at Otago University.
She moved here with her younger daughter and became a volunteer with Tauranga Youth Search and Rescue as her daughter was attending their programme.
She is a people and community-focused person and most of her roles have been in the community sector, either through employment or volunteering. Monique has joined the board at Volunteer Bay of Plenty as she believes strongly in social responsibility and believes that through collaboration more can be achieved that will have a positive impact on our community. Monique is a member of Sunrise Rotary, a Trustee of 4Good Charitable Trust and a member of the Smart Growth Social Sector Forum.
Working with people is her passion, she is a self employed Project Manager and loves the variety offered in this role. Her interests involve learning new skills, various social, physical and outdoor activities, as well as spending time with family and friends.
Sue has been involved with many non-profit organisations over the years in various positions including treasurer, secretary, volunteer and consultant. She has been licensee for 2 pre-school centres in Tauranga and been on the Board of Trustees of a local Primary School. Has a strong belief in the importance of people helping communities to build a strong and successful society where everyone matters no matter what their age, gender, income, abilities or ethnic background. Believes volunteers make an important contribution to our society, helping to create a more caring and holistic world for us all.
Kelly moved to the Bay of Plenty 18 months ago to take up a position at a Post Harvest Facility in the Kiwifruit industry. Originally from Christchurch and Hanmer Springs she settled in Auckland in her early 20’s. Kelly worked approximately 12 years working in law firms in Auckland as a personal assistant in family law, litigation and corporate law. She obtained a Bachelor of Business at AUT majoring in Accounting and Information Technology. Kelly worked as an Accountant for a variety of privately held and publicly listed companies before relocating to the Bay of Plenty. She has always believed in giving back to the community and has been involved in clubs and organisations in both an official and non-official basis. Kelly hopes to become more involved with her new community through her involvement with Volunteering Bay of Plenty.