Introducing our Board
Married with 2 amazing children and 3 wonderful grandchildren. Recently retired after 50 years in the work force and now spending his time giving back to community for all the support he was given over the years. Being part of the Linkt Community trust and helping with the establishment of the Ōtūmoetai Social Supermarket fits with his other passions that get him out of bed in the morning. Involved with the Sunrise Rotary club of Tauranga for over 21 years, Graeme Dingle Foundation Western Bay of Plenty board, assisting with youth support and development in schools and also Lifezone Community Church as a Trustee and board member. He also enjoys being a Business Mentor which he has done for over 15 years. For relaxation gets three climbs up Mauao each week and some time on the bike and walks along the beach.
Garth is married with 2 grown children and had the benefit of growing up in small South Island town, close to the rivers, lakes and mountains and enjoys the outdoors. Three years at Lincoln University lead to a career in valuation starting in Gisborne, followed by periods in Wellington and Auckland before arriving in Tauranga in 1988. With a colleague he developed a rating valuation company in the early 2000’s that grew to have local government contracts from the Waikato to Gisborne. Along the way he fitted in his OE with wife and children and has held a range of senior management and leadership positions. Garth is passionate about serving the community through the Linkt Community trust and chairs the Board.
Lavina Good is a mother of three and a business owner living locally in Tauranga. A co-founder of the Good Neighbour Food Rescue charity, she also has governance roles with Linkt Community Trust and Waipuna Hospice.
She is co-founder of the NoMoreFearNZ Type 1 Diabetes campaign, and co instigator of youth awareness campaign P Not Once.
Lavina works as an international sports commentator for the Olympics and pan America games.
Lavina is passionate about addressing issues of hardship in our community.
Chef lecturer Peter Blakeway honed his skills at Michelin-starred restaurants in the UK. With a highly acclaimed career in the
industry, Peter moved with his family to the Bay of Plenty where he continued with television and media presenting, teaching, and demonstrating. After 25 years rising to the top in an industry dominated by master and apprentice pedagogy, Peter’s move into education opened new pathways within academia.
After completing a Master of Design Enterprise with distinction he is now studying for a Doctor of Professional Practice. Peter is currently the Principal Academic staff member for Tourism and hospitality at Toi-Ohomai (Te Pukenga)