TECT Elections 2020

Valerie Rowe-Mitchell

Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust is a unique and very special organisation which was created through the generosity and foresight of the people of Tauranga. As a Trustee I will work to ensure TECT continues to benefit our community in line with the spirit of the Trust.

Personally, I would like to say THANK YOU to all of us! What an effort this year! Every one of us made sacrifices to achieve an enormous goal of controlling the disease which could have killed thousands of New Zealanders.

I have spent last 12 few weeks assisting our local business owners during these difficult times. I am an experienced Accountant and founder of Emerald Business Advisers Limited.

I am passionate about our community and our local for-profit and non-profits organisations and would appreciate the opportunity to become the Trustee. Thank you!

Vote for Valerie Rowe-Mitchell.


Dr Sharon Kletchko

Dr Sharon Kletchko is a highly qualified specialist physician and executive manager within New Zealand's public health system.  Sharon also has significant governance and technical expertise that she believes can support the spirit of the original trust deed through the TECT.  Sharon resided in the Western BOP from 1993 through to 2006 and has returned to live and eventually retire in the region.  The community we live is extremely important in ensuring the health and wellbeing of the citizens of the Western Bay of Plenty.  As the General Manager for the Central Region of St John, Sharon was able to see  the significant benefits TECT could bring to supporting our community – support for the new Ambulance Station on 17th Avenue.  Being on the TECT Board would ensure that our community is able to have Trust funds re-invested in those areas that make a difference. Vote Sharon!

Chris Wade

I have enjoyed 20 years as a company director and owner of three prominent Tauranga hospitality businesses.

In addition to that I have spent some years as chairperson of East Waikato Playcentre Association which administered 13 play centres.

I was also involved in Cub Scouts when my sons were much younger.

Charities like TECT help meet the needs of many not-for-profit organisations in our community and I would like to add value to those positive outcomes in the coming four years.

I have the time, energy and experience to work collaboratively with the TECT board and its decision making processes and procedures.

Being a wife, mother and grandmother, I have loads of life experience, and worked in real estate in Tauranga for 13 years, so I know my way around.

Vote for me and I will undertake to work hard to keep TECT as great as it has always been.



Phil King

As an experienced leader with a strong community focus, Phil will bring fresh perspectives and new strategies to TECT. He wants to see TECT promote equality and diversity across all Tauranga and Western Bay communities by enhancing distributions to essential local social service organisations while achieving fair rebates for TECT beneficiaries.

Phil owns a local consultancy practise working with the not-for-profit sector and government agencies. His work is focussed on social and community outcomes, strategy development, organisational change and sustainable transport projects. He holds a Master in Business Administration from the University of Waikato.

Phil has a number of voluntary roles and professional memberships:

  • Trustee - Tautoko Mai Sexual Harm Support (ex BOPSASS)

  • Trustee - Transport Research and Educational Trust

  • Admin for the popular Matua Community Facebook page

  • Fellow - Chartered Institute of Highways & Transport

  • Chartered Member - Institute of Logistics & Transport

  • Member - NZ Institute of Directors


Rachael Gemming

I am a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years' experience advising business leaders. Through my role as an Associate Director, based in the Tauranga Office, of a global accounting firm, I bring financial acumen and an appreciation of the TECT portfolio and its value to the community.

provide board-level advice to my clients who manage sizable organisations, so as Trustee, I would practice what I preach, by contributing best practice strategic thinking to support meaningful governance.

Originally from Auckland, I 'married in' to Tauranga. I have been blessed to join the Gemming family, who have inspired me by giving their time so generously to the Tauranga community.

Together with my husband and three children, we have benefitted from TECT-enabled facilities and programmes. As a Trustee, I would contribute my professional skills and expertise to ensure TECT continues to thrive for the next generation.


Peter Farmer

As a proud local, Peter has had a successful career as founder of Farmer Motor Group, plus he's served on the Boards of Waipuna Hospice, Priority One, Acorn, Bay Venues, NZ Avocado, and Tauranga Riding for the Disabled.

Customers and colleagues will attest that Peter is extremely community-minded and outcome-focused. One example is the 27m flagpole on Takitimu Drive that he initiated, funded and championed – also the flagpole at the RSA in Papamoa.

Peter knows that TECT matters to Tauranga more than ever.

TECT consumers need their TECT cheques to help offset household costs; valued community organisations need funds for their survival; and the region needs TECT as a funding partner for larger projects like regional St John Ambulance bases and Bay Oval.

To deliver, TECT needs Trustees with vision, financial acumen and community outreach. Peter can deliver on all counts, and so he asks for your vote. Thank you.


Bill Holland

Currently Chair of TECT, Bill is a lawyer at Holland Beckett Law.

He is deeply connected to the Tauranga region. He has been active in local service and sports organisations and has served on many boards and committees including those for the Tauranga Boys' College, the Acorn Foundation, Priority One, Rotary and Holy Trinity.

He is well aware of the challenges that community organisations face and believes that he is well positioned through TECT to benefit consumers and the community they live in.

His service to the community has been recognised with a number of both national and local awards. In the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours List he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM).

Bill is standing again for TECT to ensure that its good work continues. He asks again for your vote of support.


Natalie Bridges

Thank you for the opportunity to serve on TECT's board of trustees during the past four years, including the past two as Deputy Chair.

It has been an immense privilege and a heart-warming insight into our local community.

I seek your vote for re-election to continue the collaborative work I have been doing to advocate for key projects and charitable causes, and to continue to contribute to the prudent management of this significant fund in the Western Bay.

I am a community-minded local businessperson, running my own communications and marketing company for the past 7.5 years.

I am a mother of three who loves this region and the special lifestyle it offers to bring up a family.

I see TECT as a major contributor towards the future growth of our place and I ask for your vote to continue advocating on your behalf.


Stephen Wheeler

In light of the COVID-19 lockdown and the economic struggles many in our community are facing, it is important that YOU the beneficiaries are represented by people who care and will listen to you.

I fully embrace and support Community Organisations in developing more vibrant and enriched communities and taking care of families in these uncertain times.

Grants also provide a key funding avenue for not-for-profit organisations based in our region who are investing their efforts in many worthwhile community projects especially as a means of helping them survive.

I have enjoyed a successful self-employed career as an accountant and have extensive business experience and I have our community at heart bringing honesty, enthusiasm and commitment with a fresh approach.

I want to make a difference and will ensure the wise management of the trust's funds as well as safeguarding the vision of the trust.



Tommy Wilson

Why have Tommy for TECT?

Having sat on the Board of Waipuna Hospice, BOP Tourism, NZ Maori Tourism, Ngati Ranginui Iwi, Pirirakau Incorporated, patron of Te Puna Library, life member of the Tauranga Writers and currently as CIO of Te Tuinga Whanau, I consider I carry the voice of hope and help for the community.

Born and bred in the Bay, married locally with a truckload of tamariki, mokopuna. I look on myself as the shepherd of 200 homeless in our TTW homes.

I'm currently a Board member of Bravehearts, a support group of parents who have family/whanau addicted to methamphetamine.

In the past, as an author of 32 books, including Kapai the Kiwi, I've had the pleasure of visiting and teaching at over 200 schools and contributed to the local newspaper column for over 15 years.

A vote for me is a vote for the community of Tauranga Moana.