Sport Bay of Plenty

Sport Bay of Plenty Board of Trustees


Paul Wollaston (Chairperson)

Paul is the Finance & Corporate Services Director at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, based in Rotorua. He actively participates in a range of sports personally, but also enjoys following the sporting interests of his children.

Over the years his 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 looks forward to the challenge of assisting Sport Bay of Plenty and helping the organisation support its communities.

Paul recently took on the role of Chairperson 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.

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