OUR TEAM

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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Ross Humphrey

Chairperson

What is your position within Blue Light:

I am currently the chair person so I oversee the committee and our two wonderful staff members.

I run our Kaiwhakatere Program designed to take some of our older vulnerable youth and giving them the skills and ability to become active and contributing members of society.

I also organise our annual Trolley derby in partnership with Mitre 10 Mega.

 

What do you do for work outside of Blue Light:

I am a Police Officer currently working in the Youth Development and Engagement area.  

 

What are your activities of Interest/Hobbies:

I am an out and out thespian and enjoy musical theater and singing in general. I was the very first dancing Policeman, long before it became popular.  Outside of that I am married and the father of 2 wonderful boys.

 

If you could be anything in the world, what would it be:

Singing and dancing on Broadway or the West End

 

Why do you want to be a part of Blue Light:  

I am passionate that in order to effect change it needs to be done as early as possible.  Waiting till someone becomes an offender or victim of crime is too late. So lets empower our young people to be active and contributing members of society early. 

 

Who would win a fight out of Batman and Superman:

Superman, Batman is just a super rich dude who uses money and tech to assist him.  Superman has superpowers!

 

Which event/activities/adventures do you love most about Blue Light:

I love it all!! In short anything that creates positive memories, connection and resilience in our young people.

I also love leading a passionate team who all share the same goal of #empoweringyouth

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Natasha Marinkovich (Constable Tash)

Secretary

What is your position within Blue Light:

Programme development, general dogs body and previously funding but now we have our wonderful co-ordinator I just get to do the fun stuff.

 

What do you do for work outside of Blue Light:

I’m the NZ Police School Community Officer for Taupo & Turangi

 

What are your activities of Interest/Hobbies: 

I like to keep busy and as a mother of three I don’t get a lot of time for interests and hobbies, but I love the outdoors, cooking up a storm and recently started a crazy crafting hobby making cards.

 

If you could be anything in the world, what would it be:

Exactly what I am.  I love my job!

 

Why do you want to be a part of Blue Light:  

I was involved in Bluelight back in the late 90’s before I became a Police Officer.  I started again about 10 years ago, because I wanted to do my bit to help the next generation, (which my children are a part of), be confident, capable contributing members of society. 

 

Who would win a fight out of Batman and Superman:          

Neither, they’d just sit down have a coffee and share “better work stories”!

 

Which event/activities/adventures do you love most about Blue Light:        

I love the programmes that give our young people new experiences while having fun, the Holiday Walks for example.  But I do enjoy a good Pool Party or Disco too!

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Michelle Barnett

Treasurer

What is your position within Blue Light:

 

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Why do you want to be a part of Blue Light:  

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Which event/activities/adventures do you love most about Blue Light:

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Tracey Grimwood

Committee

What is your position within Blue Light:

Executive Committee Member and volunteer 

 

What do you do for work outside of Blue Light:

Community Educator and Financial Mentor at Budget House

 

What are your activities of Interest/Hobbies:

Spending time with loved ones

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If you could be anything in the world, what would it be:

Professional Baby cuddler

 

Why do you want to be a part of Blue Light:  

My son would not be the person he is today without the CACTUS program, so I joined the committee. Now both my children have been Cacti and have gotten so much from the experience.

 

Who would win a fight out of Batman and Superman:

Neither......Marvel all day!

 

Which event/activities/adventures do you love most about Blue Light:

I think they are all awesome. The positive interactions within our community are great.

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Nicola Carter

Committee

What is your position within Blue Light:

I sit on the executive board and provide specific support around funding.  

 

What do you do for outside of Blue Light:

I am a mother of two awesome primary aged children, Toby and Sophie.

I am founder and Festival Director of the Malcolm Flowers Insurances Taupo Winter Festival.

My husband and I own Total Sport, a sports event management company that delivers 20 trail running and mountain biking events around the country. I sit as Partnerships Manager for the company.

 

What are your activities of Interest/Hobbies:

I have always had a strong passion for fitness and participating in sports. I was a very active teenager who swam competitively and also represented New Zealand in Triathlons. Being fit and healthy is one of my main values in life and at the moment that looks like gym sessions, mountain biking, running and the odd obstacle course race.

 

If you could be anything in the world, what would it be:

A change maker for our children who are born into unenviable situations and lifestyles.

 

Why do you want to be a part of Blue Light:  

Cause I have a passion for helping youth, and I believe when you have are passionate about something, finding the people already doing the helping and supporting them in whatever way you can is a pretty good place to start.

 

Who would win a fight out of Batman and Superman:

Superman cause he’s super and not half disgusting creature.

 

Which event/activities/adventures do you love most about Blue Light:

All of the programmes that go into schools and touch just one child’s life through the sharing of a new idea or a small piece of support.

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Fiona Wison

Committee

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STAFF

What is your position within Blue Light:

Programme development, general dogs body and previously funding but now we have our wonderful co-ordinator I just get to do the fun stuff.

 

What do you do for work outside of Blue Light:

I’m the NZ Police School Community Officer for Taupo & Turangi

 

What are your activities of Interest/Hobbies: 

I like to keep busy and as a mother of three I don’t get a lot of time for interests and hobbies, but I love the outdoors, cooking up a storm and recently started a crazy crafting hobby making cards.

 

If you could be anything in the world, what would it be:

Exactly what I am.  I love my job!

 

Why do you want to be a part of Blue Light:  

I was involved in Bluelight back in the late 90’s before I became a Police Officer.  I started again about 10 years ago, because I wanted to do my bit to help the next generation, (which my children are a part of), be confident, capable contributing members of society. 

 

Who would win a fight out of Batman and Superman:          

Neither, they’d just sit down have a coffee and share “better work stories”!

 

Which event/activities/adventures do you love most about Blue Light:        

I love the programmes that give our young people new experiences while having fun, the Holiday Walks for example.  But I do enjoy a good Pool Party or Disco too!

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Tracy Williams

Program Coordinator

What are your activities of Interest/Hobbies:

I love riding horses, mountain biking & most things Motorsport.

 

If you could be anything in the world, what would it be?

A Supercar driver!

 

Why do you want to be a part of Blue Light:

I just love what Blue Light stands for and to get to be a part of helping people grow and really find their own value and self worth.

 

Who would win a fight out of Batman and Superman:

Batman for sure, he skulks around in the dead of night, all in black & drives a pretty cool car. Whats not to love! Superman wears undies on the outside....

 

Which event/activities/adventures do you love most about Blue Light:

Any that encourages kids into the outdoors! New Zealand has so much to offer and we really live in a pretty special part of the world.

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Andrea Southgate

Program Facilitator

What are your activities of Interest/Hobbies:

Mountain biking, swimming, walking my dog, taking my kids on adventures 

 

If you could be anything in the world, what would it be:

Myself 

 

Why do you want to be a part of Blue Light:

Because I see we are really helping our community and see so much growth. 

 

Who would win a fight out of Batman and Superman:

Depends, is batman holding kryptonite?

 

Which event/activities/adventures do you love most about Blue Light:

I love the trolley derby, getting families and the community together