Meet the team

Gradon Harvey

GRADON HARVEY
Executive Director

Gradon has been an Anglican minister for over 35 years, having served as a church planter in Uruguay, as well as in rural and suburban churches in the lower North Island. He has been chair of the South American missionary society and National Director of SOMA, an Anglican short term missions organisation for 15 years while leading a church in Waikanae.

Gradon and his wife Annette currently attend Raumati Beach Church, which was “replanted” three years ago and has grown from 20 people to an almost full church with a strong bicultural approach to ministry.

Gradon was appointed Executive Director in April 2011.

 

JOHN ELEN
Operations Manager

John is responsible for the day to day management of the office.  John has previously been involved in Pastoring, Christian Camps, Event Management, marketing along with funding and strategy planning for a number of Community foundations and organisations.  He is married to his 'Hot Chick', Jocelyn and together they are enjoying the adventure of transitioning 3 energetic fun loving teenage sons into adulthood.

 

GAIL HALSTED
Accounts Manager 

Gail  thoroughly enjoys serving our New Zealand donors and overseas partners.  She also heads up a thriving library at her church and as you can imagine, is passionate about literacy and books.  A great animal lover, Gail has a springer spaniel, "Oz," who is keeping her fit.

 

JEN MISSEN

JEN MISSEN
Sponsorship Coordinator (part-time)

Jen has many years office experience, working as Receptionist and Administrator in various offices.  She is very mission focussed and has visited several different countries on Short-Term Mission trips, including Myanmar, Mexico, China, Vietnam and LA.  Her interests are family and grandchildren.  Jen is orginally from Napier.

 


LIZ MCMANUSLIZ McMANUS 

Sponsorship Administration (part-time)

Liz has recently arrived back in NZ after living in Sydney for 36 years.  She is delighted to have been given the opportunity to serve the Lord, working for International Needs.  She looks forward to communicating with our sponsors, supporters and our National Workers from around the globe.  She and her husband ran a cafe for 10 years in Sydney.

 

ZHUMING LAM
IT/Website Manager (volunteer)

Zhuming is a real hero.  He is a volunteer and maintains the website for INNZ, making sure it's fresh, functional and up-to-date.  He also maintains the international sponsorship database for IN.  Zhuming has been with INNZ since 2008, starting when his wife Alice and he went to the Philippines for three months volunteering their skills.  His interests include soccer, mountain biking, music and motorbikes.

 

Meet the trustees

RAY HARRISON

International Needs grew when its founder, Ray Harrison, a world Director for many years of Youth For Christ International, felt the call to give his life to the IN vision while attending the Lausanne Congress in 1974.

All delegates to Lausanne were requested to come prepared to say what they felt was the best way to reach the world for Christ. Looking back over his experience of travelling in 100 countries and living in both Asia and Europe, Ray felt confident the best way he could use the rest of his life forGod was to invest in national leadership... encouraging, supporting, enabling and trusting the leaders to reach their own people for Christ.

Ray does not attend meetings or participate in Board business but still keeps in touch with our world team.

 

MALCOLM TAYLOR

Malcolm was involved in the overseas mission work of Ray Harrisonpre-IN and was a founding member of the IN Board. Except for a short break in the late 1980s he has served as a trustee since 1972 and for many years has been Treasurer. Malcolm and his wife Rennae attend St Georges Anglican Church in Epsom, where he served as Treasurer/operations until early 2016. He helps lead a home Bible Study group. Malcolm has servedon the staff (Admin) of Laidlaw College and as consultant to the Churches Education Commission (Bible in Schools) and SIM in Auckland. In 2011 - 2013 he helped IN Philippines on accounting and reporting matters.

He is semi-retired after spending many years in the import/export business in both New Zealand and Australia. He is currently (2016) working as a consultant with a computer company assisting SME’s in upgrading their computer systems and hardware.

 


ROGER CLIST

Roger is a retired scientist/engineer who had a long career with DSIR, which later became Industrial Research Ltd. He is an electrical engineer by training but his work was in microprocessor technology and industrial machine vision systems and technical documentation. He joined INNZ in October 2003.

Roger and his wife Jeunesse have five adult children and eight grand-children. They attend Mission Hall, a brethren assembly in Grey Lynn.

Roger participates in teaching, preaching and various pastoral activities locally, and is camp director of an annual retreat at Lakeview Bible Camp.

 


PETER SARA

Peter joined the Board in October 2005 and currently serves as Chair. He is a practising lawyer and has been a church elder in the Dunedin Elim Church for over 20 years. He leads a Life Group of men in his church.

Peter runs his own firm specialising in ACC and insurance work and is actively engaged in various ways in law reform and education about ACC. 

He is a member of BoardSource, an American organisation which works to strengthen nonprofit board governance and leadership.

His outside interests include boatbuilding, fishing and inventing. He enjoys governance and learning about how to do things better.

 


KIT JENSEN

Kit lives in New Plymouth and worships at Northpoint Baptist Church with his wife Celia. He has had extensive experience in agriculture and during the 80’s was in pastoral ministry for 7 years or so. He joined the Board in August 2007.

For more than ten years Kit and Celia visited Zambia for up to six months of every year helping village farmers make a profit from their land. Having completed that association, Kit is now working closer to home with helping Kidron Ministries (who are becoming an influence in the rebuilding of Bougainville) with their programme of education, training and agriculture, and the completion of their guesthouse.

Kit’s strong desire is to encourage good discipleship while passing on technical and business skills to those that are showing the right initiative.

 


ROBYN COTTON

Robyn joined the Board in November 2008. Having come to faith in 1995, she now lives and attends church and a home group in Tauranga with her husband Geoff. Robyn is a member of the Institute of Directors and is passionate about good governance. Since 2012 she has represented INNZ at IN Congresses. She is a member of its Governance Council, and chairs the Governance Capacity Building Committee.Robyn Cotton joined the Board in November 2008. Having come to faith in 1995, she now lives and attends church and a home group in Tauranga with her husband Geoff.

Robyn worked in the New Zealand Dairy Industry over a period of 21 years before establishing Hatherop Consulting in 2002. In her consulting role, Robyn has worked across a number of industries to provide a variety of services at both thestrategic and operational level to help companies improve their innovation performance and achieve their goals.

 

 


DANIEL GIBBONS

Daniel Gibbons joined INNZ in November 2013 after being a donor of the INCAP programme for a number of years. In addition to being a trustee, Daniel serves on the finance committee and the executive committee.

Daniel attends C3 Church where he is also a trustee and board member. He previously served as a trustee and elder for Dunedin Elim Christian Centre before moving to Queenstown, where he now lives with his wife Stacey and their two children. He is a qualified lawyer and works as a Tax Advisor for an international accountancy firm. Daniel is an active member of the community, particularly with cricket where he coaches both local and rep teams and is also a board member of the local club.Daniel Gibbons joined INNZ in November 2013 after being a donor of the INCAP programme for a number of years. In addition to being a trustee, Daniel serves on the finance committee and the executive committee.

 

SARAH LINEHAM

Sarah was appointed in April 2015. She attends the Newlands Christian Assembly in Wellington where she supports a teenage girls Bible study group and other outreach activities. She also attends The Street City Church and is a member of a Life Group there. In 2011 she spent time in a community development project in Rwanda.

Sarah is a chartered accountant and works in the Office of the Auditor-General as a public sector financial auditor. Currently her role is focused on all aspects of good practice operations and governance in local government. She also works with a team supporting the development of audit offices in the Pacific Region, which is delivered through the Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI), and is its Deputy Secretary-General. This work includes operational support and guidance to the Secretariat operating in Auckland including key liaison with funding partners, particularly MFAT’s NZ Aid programme, and participation in the professional programmes of PASAI which are focused on capacity building.

DAVID HUGHES

David is the newest trustee having joined INNZ in 2016.  David and his wife Philippa attend Hope Presbyterian in Hornby, Christchurch.  During the week David works in the field of technology commercialisation both as a senior executive at Plant & Food Research (a Crown Research Institute) and also as a  director on the board of a number technology centred companies.

 

BACKGROUND

International Needs NZ is the founding name we use to describe our activities overall, and while our vision and mission are unchanged, we now comprise two Charitable Trusts:

While separately reported and filed annually with the Charities Commission, they are managed jointly by the same office staff and through the same systems - similar to separate divisions within a large corporate. However, not all trustees of INNZ are currently trustees of INHAT and on occasion, INHAT has separately minuted meetings to deal with business which is specific to its interests.

INNZ is registered for GST but as a non-profit entity, is not required to file income tax returns.

TRUSTEES

As part of their Christian service, trustees contribute freely of their time and make their own way to meetings—there are no director’s fees. Some meetings are in Tauranga which is where the Office is located, but other venues are chosen according to circumstances. The AGM and Board meetings are in March or April and are in Tauranga, occupying two full days of business over a Fri/Sat weekend. This allows staff to join the Board over lunch or on the Friday evening if we have dinner together.

We have normally held a second 2-day Board meeting in November, but in 2016 we are trialling two 1-day meetings (July and November) in an attempt to ease the time-load for trustees who have busy schedules. Between face-to-face meetings, the Board or its Executive Committee (Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and an appointed trustee) meet by Skype Group call when necessary. Such teleconferences are usually held from 7.30 – 8.30am on suitable weekday mornings.

Often the work of the board is passed to committees and task groups who report as required. The standing committees are the Executive, ED Employment, Policy, Governance, and Finance & Audit.

People interested in joining the Board are requested to observe at a meeting before offering to serve. If their decision is affirmed, the Board in camera vote on a motion to offer a position as trustee for an initial period of two years, with a view to reappointment for further five year terms. Irrespective of this, trustees may resign from the Board at any time with one month’s notice.

Trustees are required at each AGM to sign their assent to the Statement of Faith, confirm their Qualification under the Charities Act 2005, reaffirm their Confidentiality Undertaking, and indicate their future intentions for Board service in the Retirement/Reappointment Schedule.

Contacts

Executive Director:  Rev Gradon Harvey - director@internationalneeds.org.nz

Our Tauranga Office Team
(07) 578 6198 or 0800 463 337
John Elen (Operations) - operations@internationalneeds.org.nz
Gail Halsted (Accounts) - accounts@internationalneeds.org.nz
Jen Missen (Sponsorship) - sponsorship@internationalneeds.org.nz
Liz McManus (Administration) - assist@internationalneeds.org.nz

The International Needs Trustees

Chairperson 
Peter Sara 
chairman@internationalneeds.org.nz 

Secretary
Roger Clist
secretary@internationalneeds.org.nz