Our People

Our Board


Tessa Mackenzie


Tessa Mackenzie joined the Trust in 2013 and brings with her over 17 years experience in the community and social sectors, specialising in collaborative family/community driven approaches to social change.

Over this period Tessa has worked in grass-roots to governance positions for community organisations and Government agency contracts, including many years as a Strengthening Families Coordinator/Facilitator in Tauranga Moana and Hauraki. Tessa has also represented community in local and international forums around topics such as early intervention for under 6’s, youth violence, and the social impacts of gold mining on community (Waihi).

In terms of academic achievements Tessa holds a Diploma in Homeopathy, Bachelors Degree in Social Policy, and a Post-graduate certificate in Professional Supervision (Social Work & Counseling). 

Tessa also brings a broad range of lived experience, including being a grandmother, and the mother of four adult children. She is not afraid to challenge the status quo around social issues and believes we need to move towards a more relational, strengths based way of working, acknowledging Mātauranga Māori and the importance of learning to understand the principles of te Tiriti o Waitangi in taking that journey of connection to each other as people, and to the land.



Mary Dillon

Mary has lived in Tauranga in the beautiful Bay of Plenty since 1944 and has six adult children and 13 grandchildren.

Her current chairing roles include, Envirohub Bay of Plenty, the Welcome Bay Community Centre and she also serves on the Bay of Plenty Community Response Forum and the Technical Implementation Group SmartGrowth.

Recently Mary was appointed as a District Licensing Commissioner under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. Her previous roles include Board Member of Philanthropy New Zealand, Chair BayTrust, Deputy Chair Tauranga Art Gallery Trust and Chair of the PrimeHealth Trust for Community Development.

Mary served as an elected member of the Tauranga City Council for 21 years, including six years as Deputy Mayor. During that time she developed strong connections with local iwi and she values and respect Maori perspectives.

Mary has a deep interest in the sustainability of our environment and in the development of local strong resilient communities.

Nigel Tutt

Amohaere Tangitu

Amohaere has had a diverse and extensive career within the health sector. From first beginnings as a nurse aide in the Kawerau Maternity Hospital in the 1960s, Amohaere saw first-hand, the needs of Maori whanau for culturally appropriate services.  For the past 30 years, Amohaere has been a staunch and consistent advocate for tikanga based services for Maori whanau within health and social services. She has actively supported the establishment of kaupapa Maori service provision within mainstream health services in Auckland, Rotorua and Whakatane.

In 2018, Amohaere recently retired as the Regional Director of Maori Health, under the Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB).  A vital aspect of her role as Regional Director was to establish and maintain, on behalf of the BOPDHB, vital and respectful relationships with the 18 Iwi within the Bay of Plenty region.

Amohaere now sits on a number of governance boards and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her governance roles especially as they relate to kaupapa Maori service provision and tikanga-based practice. She is also acutely aware of the necessary relationships that are required with whanau, hapu and Iwi in order to progress initiatives involving Maori.

In recognition of her outstanding contribution to Māori health development the title of Distinguished Fellow – Māori health Sciences (Nursing) was bestowed upon Amohaere by Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi.

Amohaere was born in Whakatane and raised in Otākiri, a rural Bay of Plenty settlement. Her iwi affiliations are Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngai Te Rangi and Ngāti Maniapoto.

Nigel Tutt

Nigel Tutt

Nigel is currently the CEO of Priority One, the economic agency for the Western Bay of Plenty. His background is in digital marketing and media. He has significant commercial experience and knowledge gained from a wide ranging background in small and large companies within the private sector. In his role with Priority One his area of focii are:

– Fostering innovation
– Creating a compelling destination
– A hub for skills & talent
– Connecting & collaborating
– Investment attraction

All key areas for SociaLink – a great alignment.



Nigel Tutt

Jodi Manuel

Ko Maungatautari te maunga

Ko Waikato te awa

Ko Tainui te waka

Ko Ngati Raukawa te iwi

Ko Ngati Huri te hapu

Ko Pikitu te marae

Ko Jodi Manuel ahau

I have been working in the Health and Social Services sectors for 23 years. My passion lies in Mental Health and Addiction, Youth Work and Community Development.

I have opened and run my own NGO called Apopo in Taupo for 9 years and closed this down in 2017 to move to Tauranga.

I currently work for The People’s Project as a Case Manager and am proud to also be the Regional Ambassador for Youth Suicide.

I believe I bring to Socialink insight into the struggles of operating an NGO and sourcing sustainable funding. The many social issues that our people face on a day to day basis and significant governance experience.

Nigel Tutt

Tina Jennen

Tina is passionate about creating value through her integrated and collaborative approach.  She feels privileged to serve as a Trustee of Socialink and to support The Kollective.
Tina fosters leadership and capability development both in her portfolio career and as the mother of four thriving teenagers.  Her current professional roles include Trustee for TECT, Director of WaikatoLink, Director of Chronoptics and Guest Lecturer for Waikato Management School.  Tina’s PhD research is also aligned with the purpose of Socialink.
Tina began her work in Tauranga as a leased executive while completing the MBA at Waikato University.  She has since held a number of local executive and governance roles focused on technology and innovation in the primary sector.  Her previous US-based career experience includes fundraising and advocacy for nonprofits, financial planning and sustainable land development.
Nigel Tutt

Lynda Burch

Lynda joined the SociaLink board 12 months ago. She has highly developed skills in strategy development and system design and has had extensive experience leading central government departments in this area. She is a long standing Rotary member and a member of the Graeme Dingle Foundation board. A family focused person who brings extensive experience and knowledge to our sector.

Tamar Courtney