Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti’s board hat-trick

New board members from left: Belinda Mackay, Alice Pettigrew and Tui Babbington

THREE new board members have been elected onto the Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti board. 

This followed the resignation of Mayor Rehette Stoltz last year, and a decision by the Board to increase its number of board members. 

Tui Babbington, Belinda Mackay and Alice Pettigrew are the new additions and will add a significant breadth of experience and skill, bringing the board to 10 members – six men and four women. 

Self-employed Contractor, Tui Babbington said she is grateful for the opportunity as a young member to get board exposure and work alongside a strong and passionate team of community leaders.

The Ngati Porou woman and soon-to-be mother of two has extensive international and local experience in project management and economic development.  Tui currently leads a couple of projects approved by the Provincial Growth Fund. 

Babbington’s passion lies on the East Coast and seeing our rangatahi and tamariki thrive in their environments. 

Belinda Mackay, owner of dnature diagnostics & research, a DNA diagnostic business founded 10 years ago, joins the board to provide marketing and business expertise. Belinda is also a trustee of Eat Smart Tairāwhiti and a board member of the Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to moving to Gisborne, Belinda worked in a variety of consumer goods and strategic marketing roles in Auckland for multinational companies including Nestle & Fonterra.

Mackay believes while competitive sport is great for building self-esteem and resilience, she also sees participation in sport being equally important.

“I’m particularly keen to see the rate of sports participation amongst our teens improve.  Along with physical activity, I’m interested in health and nutrition and how these factors contribute to our overall well-being,” says the mother-of-three. 

General Manager Business Development at Eastland Group, Alice Pettigrew is the final piece to the puzzle and is looking forward to giving back to our region at a governance level through the experience she has gained over her career. 

Uawa raised Pettigrew began her career overseas in finance roles across Australia and London, before returning to Gisborne in 2005 where she started her family and continued working in finance and commercial roles.

Pettigrew has an interest in the community facilities review and looks forward to supporting the outcomes and development of new and existing facilities in our region.

“I do believe we have a real opportunity to provide best of class facilities and share the operational and administrative functions across multiple clubs with the primary objective of reducing costs for these small, generally volunteer-led clubs and organisations,” said Pettigrew. 

Chairman of the Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti Board, Steve Berezowski said, “The range of knowledge and experiences these three highly skilled women bring to the table, both professionally and sporting-wise, will definitely add value and strengthen our Board.” 

The Te Wharau School Principal said the new additions also increase the board diversity to reflect the community they serve.