Our People

President - James Anderson-Pole

Responsibilities: Strategy/Policy/Constitution, Registration and Finance

Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce, Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary), partial completion of Certificate in Deaf Studies (DEAF801-804).

Teaching experience: Community classes at Onehunga High School, Auckland Deaf Society and other providers in Auckland; taster classes and NZSL courses for Deaf Aotearoa; mainstream and Deaf provision classes at various schools in Auckland; one-on-one tutoring for freelance clients and Merge.

Vice President - Candice David

Responsibilities: Professional Development/Mentoring, Finance, and Conference 

Qualification: Certificate in Deaf Studies: Teaching NZSL.

Teaching experience: Over 5 years of experience teaching NZSL in various settings: community education, hospitals, businesses/workplaces, and school & kindergartens. And provide NZSL courses for Deaf Aotearoa.


Executive Committee - Mike Alley

Responsibilities: Curriculum, Conference

Qualifications: Science Degree. BFOR.SC. Teaching Diploma (Primary). Post Grad Teacher of the Deaf.

Teaching experience: 14 years with Van Asch Deaf Education Centre, Including Parent Workshops in NZSL, High School NCEA NZSL; Currently teaching NZSL Full Time with Freyberg High School.

Executive Committee - Kirsten Morgan

Responsibilities: TBC


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Executive Committee - Terryn Sutherland

Responsibilities: TBC


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Executive Committee - Wendy Orellana

Responsibilities: TBC


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Staff - Lorraine McQuigg

Role: Fundraising Administrator

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Education, University of Auckland, 1997; Certificate in Deaf Studies and New Zealand Sign Language, AUT, 2017; FINZ Certificate in Fundraising, Fundraising Institute of NZ, 2017.  

Teaching Experience: Occasional volunteer teaching at local primary and intermediate schools between 2010 - 2018.  Taught NZSL Taster classes for Deaf Aotearoa for the first time in 2021!

Life members: Lynette Pivac, Shona McGhie, David McKee, Josje Lelijveld

Deceased life members: Penny Went, Dennis Tod

Last updated: 29/3/2021