Katikati Community Centre Executive Board
MEET OUR BOARD
Zinta Krumins (Chairperson)
Over the last year, I have enjoyed working with the team at The Community Centre to document their strategic plan and create a business plan covering the period 2021 and 2022 and work on updating the policies and procedures of the Centre. I have been heavily involved in the preparation for the move to a charitable Trust. I feel honoured to be the Chair of the Board and look forward to working with the newly elected Board in the coming months.
It is a pleasure to use my business experience to support the Centre. I worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 30 years, and for the last 20 years of my pharmaceutical career I held several senior positions in a number of countries. I developed strong analytical and strategic thinking competencies throughout my career as I started in market research before moving on to business leadership. I also had the privilege to serve on committees of several industry groups.
Since leaving full time employment in 2015, I have worked in voluntary positions, spent time on my hobbies and carried out some consultancy. I became a trustee of COATS (Crowthorne Old Age to Teen Society) a charity which provides a day centre for senior citizens in and around the village of Crowthorne, Berkshire, UK. I also served on the Independent Monitoring Panel of The Chartered Banker Professional Standards Board. I am married to a New Zealander and we live in Bethlehem, Tauranga. Moving to New Zealand in 2019 has allowed me to enjoy spending time on my hobbies of pottery, art and reading and of course supporting the Community Centre.
Although my husband, two children and I have only lived in Katikati for three years, we've been visiting family here for the last 20. While my early working career involved working in the clothing industry as a patternmaker/grader and dressmaker, I made a swift change in my mid-twenties when I was selected into the NZ Rowing Team based in Cambridge. I represented New Zealand as part of the Rowing Team for 10 years including attending two Olympic Games. On retirement from competition I moved to Christchurch where I worked for 10 years in sports coaching and management.
The move back to the North Island was for a fabulous role as event manager at Katch Katikati, a position that enabled me to quickly get to know this wonderful community. It's a privilege to be part of this town and to be able to contribute in a small way.
I’m originally from windy Wellington, where I qualified with a Commerce Degree and started my career in Accounting.
Work moved me from Wellington to New Plymouth then Port Moresby to finish in Brisbane.
I had a long holiday in Switzerland finishing with a walk on the Camino de Santiago across Spain. I spent a few years dodging the winters between hemispheres, from Scotland to New Zealand volunteering in Guyana for a year and the Caribbean and travelling in South America before coming home to New Zealand.
I cycled with my wife, from Auckland to Dunedin, East Cape and Gold Coast to Sydney. I’ve always liked to keep fit, jogging, cycling, triathlon, tramping, golf and the home gym.
We bought a lifestyle block near Katikati and I have taken on volunteering roles particularly using my financial skills and experience with NZ Tree Crops, Bay Conservation, Uretara Estuary Managers and now Katikati Community Centre.
I was born and raised on a sheep and beef farm in the Waikato and attended Te Miro Primary and St Paul’s Collegiate Hamilton. I have a Diploma of Agriculture from Lincoln and a Diploma of Business Management from Massey.
I worked in PNG for two years as an Agricultural Officer and travelled extensively for two years.
I then worked in Western Samoa for three years as Director of Farms for University South Pacific.
I’ve owned businesses including a Travel Agency, Real Estate sales and rental management and a Tamarillo orchard.
I’ve spent 12 years as a WBOPDC Councillor including three as deputy Mayor.
I’ve held a number of volunteer positions including; Federated Farmers, Katikati Hall Committee, Dave Hume Pool, St John Ambulance, Primary School gala committee, Katikati Sea Scouts, Katikati Taiao, and Western Bay Museum.
I’m experienced in; Governance, Financial and general management, Problem solving, Negotiation and the art of compromise.
Moving from Seattle, Washington USA in late 2005, we chose Katikati as our home. It was a momentous decision for my Kiwi husband, two children and me and one that we have not regretted. Establishing roots in this community is important to me and to facilitate this, I have worked to support numerous educational, sport and community-sponsored organizations and events over the years.
My current role as Offshore Lecturer for Wintec-Guizhou Tech Interior Design program is a continuation of my 30-year Interior Design career which allows me to share my knowledge and design project experience with Wintec International students in China.
Prior to my teaching role, I worked for nearly nine years in Professional Relations and Marketing/Dental Training for a local dental manufacturer to successfully promote our homegrown brand to a global market.
In addition, I have taught computer technology courses for adult learners for Toi Ohomai and continue to teach courses for Katikati Community Centre to further support lifelong learners with basic computing and internet engagement skills.
I moved to the Katikati area in 2005 after retiring from a 25-year career in environmental and climate science. Since then, I have had a variety of jobs, working in a disability-sector start-up company, as a science tutor, and in financial and operations management in the industrial sector. I now run my own business as an editor, proofreader and writer.
I was heavily involved with junior sports in Katikati and the Western Bay of Plenty for a number of years, including chairing the Western Bay junior football association and bringing new sports-based activities to the Community Centre’s School Holiday programme. It has also been my pleasure to teach adult classes in creative writing as part of the centre’s Adult and Community education programme.
I look forward to working with the rest of the board to transition the Community Centre to its new structure and to supporting the staff during that transition.
Board Selection & Duties
Katikati Community Centre (Katikati Community Resource Centre Inc) is a non-profit community organization established in 1991, and operating in the community since 1993.
The governance of the Centre has been entrusted to an Executive Board whose members are asked to commit to serve a 2-year term. A second 2-year term, confirmed at the AGM, or an SGM, is possible, after which Board members must retire for a minimum of 24 months, before being eligible for reelection. The Board consists of 4-7 members
Diversity within the Board is actively sought and encouraged, emphasizing diversity of ethnicity, age,
culture, gender, relevant skills, and ability to represent a segment of the wider Katikati community.
Duties of the Board
The purpose of the Executive Board is to oversee the management of the business of the Community Centre, employ the Centre Manager, and to provide leadership within the organization and wider Katikati community. The board as a whole is responsible for the following roles that are essential to the success of the Community Centre.
1. Determining the Centre’s Mission, Vision, Objectives (Purpose), and Operating Norms
2. Ensuring effective organisational planning
3. Ensuring adequate resourcing.
4. Ensuring resources are managed effectively.
5. Approving and monitoring, the Centre’s programs to best reflect community needs.
6. Promoting the Centre’s public standing and reputation.
7. Ensuring legal and ethical integrity while maintaining accountability.
8. Recruiting and orienting new Board members with required complementary skill sets.
While the implementation of the day to day running of the Centre is delegated to the Centre Manager and staff, the Board retains responsibility for the governance oversight of the organization.
The Board generally meets on a bi-monthly basis for up to 2 hours. Additional meetings are held as
required should circumstances require Board input – eg appointment of a new Centre Manager, setting Annual Budget targets etc. Some Board members may serve on subcommittees of the Board – eg Finance, HR etc which will require more ad hoc meetings organised to suit the availability of the members.
The Board frequently seeks to recruit new Board members to expand its skill base and/or community
Board members need to be passionate about serving the community, particularly in the areas of
children & youth, adult education, social support, and information services. They need to be prepared to commit a minimum of 2 hours of service per month to be familiar with the Centre’s activities and governance issues, and to attend the organised Board & subcommittee meetings.
People with a strong personal commitment to the community with knowledge and experience in
community led development, advocacy, and governance are encouraged to apply.
Applications will be reviewed by the Board and candidates offering key needed skills and community
diversity will be invited to fill any current vacancies. Applicants may be unsuccessful, not due to their
lack of suitability for the Board, but purely because they do not contribute greater diversity or the specific needed skills at that time.
How To Apply
If you wish to volunteer as a Board member, please submit an application to the Katikati Community Centre by completing the adjacent online form. Applications will be considered at the following Board Meeting and the applicants advised of the outcome in a timely manner.
We appreciate all offers of help in this governance role.