Volunteering Waikato Trustees

Shayne Wihongi

Shayne Wihongi

Board Chair

Shayne holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Waikato and has spent much of his career working in tertiary education, and leading hapū economic development in Northland. Shayne has also been privileged to serve with Literacy Aotearoa and Pregnancy Counselling Services, and be inspired by how voluntary organisations in particular, willingly respond to physical, emotional, social and economic needs. Shayne is excited to join Te Ohu Tūao o Waikato to not only enable voluntary organisations, but to grow hapori participation.

Rachel Bauer

Rachel Bauer

Deputy Chair

Rachel is a Marketing Consultant, working alongside companies to grow their impact through creating and executing purposeful marketing. She has a passion for the social space and creating positive impacts in our communities and over the last few years has set up her own for purpose entity in the mental health and wellbeing space, contributed to the community as a Rotarian, donated her time to many charity and for purpose organisations as an advisor and been part of the Seed Waikato Board.

Melishia Engelbrecht

Melishia Engelbrecht

Treasurer

Melishia is a Provisional Chartered Accountant with extensive knowledge in not-for-profit entities obtained by working as an auditor both locally and overseas. Melishia has been working as the current Audit Supervisor at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway Waikato for a few years and hopes that her knowledge in the not-for-profit sector will contribute to management decisions and her role at Volunteering Waikato.
Melishia is excited to be a part of the Volunteering Waikato Board and to give back to the community through this role and build on her community participation and involvement.

Vani Mills

Vani Mills

Trustee

Vani is the Manager and Co- founder of Diversity Counselling New Zealand; a charitable organisation providing counselling/psychology services to migrants and former refugees. Vani is a member of the New Zealand Association of counsellors (MNZAC), prior to that she served as a registered psychiatric nurse in mental health settings. She migrated to New Zealand with her family in 2010. She has extensive voluntary experience in New Zealand and overseas. She is very excited to be part of Volunteering Waikato, and is committed to actively supporting inclusive, diverse, and compassionate communities.

Adam Musa

Adam Musa

Trustee

Adam is a Licensed Cadastral Surveyor at CKL in Hamilton, where he focuses on land development projects all around the Waikato. Originally from Palestine, Adam has spent most of his time, in NZ, in Whangarei before moving to Hamilton in 2017.
Adam is excited about being part of Volunteering Waikato and contributing to its ongoing positive impact within the community