TRUSTEES

BRIAN GORDON

Brian was appointed as a Trustee in 2014. He is a semi-retired dairy farmer from Eureka. He is passionate about the dairy industry.

Brian offered to be involved with the Awarua Trust; partly to assist with the farm which the Trust owns and also to give back to the community using the benefit of some of his life experiences.

Brian considers that important governance decisions which the Trustees make now, will hold the Awarua Trust in a good position for a long future.

Brian and his wife, Sheryll live in Gordonton and have 3 adult children.

GAVIN HADDON

Gavin is a Director of CooperAitken Limited; a thriving chartered accountancy firm formed through several amalgamations of long-serving Morrinsville based accountancy firms.

Gavin was born and bred in the neighbouring town of Te Aroha. He has invested in farming and this association, as well as his day-to-day involvement with an extensive farming and business clientele, makes him ideally qualified for his trustee role.

Gavin was associated with Edna Money for more than 20 years and their shared philosophy on education within the rural sector was the catalyst which led to the formation of the Awarua Trust.

Gavin and his wife, Maree, have two children; a daughter and a son. Gavin is a member of the Morrinsville Lions Club and is a board member of the Morrinsville Lions Charitable Trust and the Morrinsville Rugby Sports and Recreation Club.

JOHN DAWSON

John is a registered farm management consultant based in Morrinsville. He has his own farm management consulting practice. He has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Massey University). His previous roles include 14 years as a farm advisory officer with M.A.F. (in Westland, UK and Morrinsville) and 12 years as a dairy co-operative executive with New Zealand Dairy Group.  

John has experience in farm governance and supervision; Māori agriculture; farm recruitment; product innovation; and more. He is an equity partner in a 500 cow dairy farm near Taupo and is also an investor in a forestry development.

John is also a past president of the Morrinsville Rotary Club; a past member on the Board of Trustees for Morrinsville Primary School; and a past chairman and fellow of St. Paul’s Collegiate School.

John enjoys the involvement with the Awarua Trust and sees it as a privilege to be in a position to carry on the legacy of Edna.

John and his wife, Alison live in Morrinsville and have 3 adult children.

KERRY MASON

Kerry is passionate about seeing young people succeed through education. She is a qualified teacher and has extensive experience in the education sector from early childhood right through to secondary school. Kerry helped establish the Gateway work placement programme at Morrinsville College. She currently works as a kindergarten teach and has been involved in a variety of community organisations, school and sport committees.

Kerry is enthusiastic about the opportunities that the Awarua Trust provides in supporting young people and community groups to achieve their goals.

Kerry has lived in the Morrinsville community for more than twenty years with her husband, Richard who owns a local business. Kerry and Richard have three children; a son and two daughters.

SHARON WEIGHTMAN

“Why me?” asked Sharon, when she was invited to be a Trustee. The qualities sought in a Trustee were a logical approach and analytical approach and Sharon fitted the criteria admirably.

Sharon had an association with Edna for more than 20 years and was closely involved in Edna’s affairs as her caregiver.

Sharon did her intermediate and college years at local Morrinsville schools and she now resides here with her husband, Reuben, and their three daughters. Having spent all of her adult life in Morrinsville, Sharon is fully aware of the effect that the growth and development of rural activities has on the town and community.

A local school van which the Awarua Trust sponsored

A local school van which the Awarua Trust sponsored

Testimonial

“We applied to Awarua Trust for a grant to help cover the costs to get the team to Fiji (to offer volunteer labour and skill to put a roof on a dormitory and toilet block at a vocational training centre that trains young men in building in agriculture) and to take some much needed tools that could be left in Fiji to help with future projects. The grant from Awarua Trust was a huge help in making the trip possible. Awarua Trust was generous with its grant and interested in what we were doing.”

Morrinsville Baptist Church

Testimonial - “We applied to Awarua Trust for a grant to help cover the costs to get the team to Fiji (to offer volunteer labour and skill to put a roof on a dormitory and toilet block at a vocational training centre that trains young men in building in agriculture) and to take some much needed tools that could be left in Fiji to help with future projects. The grant from Awarua Trust was a huge help in making the trip possible. Awarua Trust was generous with its grant and interested in what we were doing.”Morrinsville Baptist Church