Sport Bay of Plenty

Sport Bay of Plenty Board of Trustees


Paul Wollaston (Chairperson)

Paul is the Business and Property Development Manager at Tauranga Community Housing Trust, but is based in Rotorua.

Over the years his sporting interests have ranged from marathons to soccer and inline hockey at both a participant and administrative / management level. In addition he currently assists other sporting clubs as an honorary auditor.

Paul firmly believes that keeping active is directly linked to keeping healthy and happy. With his background and experience in financial and administrative system support, he enjoys the challenge of assisting Sport Bay of Plenty and helping the organisation support its communities.

Paul has been Chairperson since September 2016 and has been with the board since April 2011.


Jo Tisch

Jo came to value sport as part of a healthy lifestyle when her children participated in a variety of physical activities during their primary school years. Their activity inspired her to “get off the couch” and take up swimming, biking and running.

She is now involved in a variety of events with a particular interest in triathlon. Seeing the positive difference that sport can make on her own family, friends, colleagues and community has motivated her to use her life experience and skills as a lawyer to contribute to the Sport Bay of Plenty Board.

Jo has been a member of the Sport Bay of Plenty Board since January 2013. She is also on the board of Triathlon NZ.


Shirley Baker

Shirley has always been involved in sport as both a competitor and as a coach. She was Chair of Netball Bay of Plenty for five years and a Director of Waikato/BOP Magic until both entities were restructured from Regional to Zone entities last year.

Shirley currently sits on the new established Bay Venues after four years on Tauranga City Aquatics Ltd (TCAL), the last three years as the Chairperson.

Shirley believes that, “Sport plays an essential role in life and for kids it teaches them discipline, teamwork, respect, fun, enjoyment, healthy options and so much more. The benefits are numerous for the community as a whole and I am passionate about getting as many people involved in sport and recreation, and enjoying it.”

Shirley lives in Tauranga and joined the board in May 2014.


Vaughan Bidois

Vaughan lives in Tauranga, but works in Whakatane as a Senior Lecturer and researcher for Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.

Vaughan is currently conducting a scoping project, exploring the contribution of sport to the health and wellbeing of indigenous communities in both Australia and New Zealand. Vaughan believes that sports clubs play an important role in shaping positive and productive communities, and have a significant impact on the wellbeing and cohesion of all sectors of our society.

Vaughan comments “I am extremely humbled to be a part of a talented group of Board members, and look forward to contributing to the goals and aspirations of Sport Bay of Plenty.”

Vaughan has been with the board since July 2016.


Rawinia Kamau

Rawinia lives in Ohope and is closely connected to the community through her role as Eastern Bay Energy Trust Trust Manager.

Rawinia has almost two decades of governance experience across a range of sectors, ranging from the Chamber of Commerce and iwi trusts through to Credit Union and scholarship trusts.

“I am pleased to be a part of the Sport Bay of Plenty Board to build on the strengths of the organisation, as well as bring a perspective from an individual that has chosen to live and raise my active family in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.”

Rawinia joined the board in October 2015.


Richard Gee

Richard has been a sports fanatic since a young age; firstly as a competitive rower, then as a rowing coach and rowing administrator. More recently he has indulged his competitive nature, competing in motor racing.

Richard has an in-depth view into the work of high performance sport after a role as Communication and Sponsorship Manager for Rowing New Zealand, and as a coach, mentor and athlete.

Further to this, Richard has worked as a volunteer coach and administrator in a variety of sporting spheres, and understands the importance volunteers play in ensuring sport and activity is a priority in New Zealander's lives.

Living in Whakamarama, Western Bay of Plenty, for more than 10 years since emigrating from the UK, Richard joined the board in January 2017.


Brian Pointon

Brian retired in 2017 after 38 years as a public health manager focusing on disease prevention and healthy lifestyle behaviours. The last 22 years were in the Bay of Plenty, living firstly in Whakatane and now Tauranga. Brian also has executive and governance experience in the NGO health sector.

Brian has enjoyed sports from school days to the present. These have included cricket, hockey, table tennis, lawn bowls and indoor bowls, representing Tauranga in cricket, hockey and indoor bowls.

Brian has also been involved in sports club administration, and is currently Vice-President of Tauranga Indoor Bowls Association.

“I see my contribution to Sport Bay of Plenty as being a link between the health and sports/recreation sectors. Sport and activity programmes at all ages and abilities play an important role in maintaining wellness and social linkages.”

Brian joined the board in September 2017.


Tom Elvin

Tom is a partner at local law firm Mackenzie Elvin, working in the fields of general commercial work, commercial property and construction.

Tom was previously involved in rugby, playing, coaching and refereeing at various levels.

Tom believes that sport and physical activity play a vital role in both day to day living and how a healthy community function. He is excited to serve on the Board of Sport Bay of Plenty after attending a number of the programmes and events it ran in his youth.

Tom has been a member of the Sport Bay of Plenty Board since June/July 2017.

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