Meet the Board of Sister Cities New Zealand
President: Hiromi Morris (Wellington)
Hiromi was born and raised in Japan. She visited New Zealand for the first time when she was a young student. It was an enlightening experience that subsequently led to her getting involved in supporting global connections through people-to-people exchanges since 1994 when Wellington/Sakai relationship was formed.
Hiromi became a SCNZ Board member in 2008 and has been President since 2013. She believes strongly in collaboration and working collectively with a wider range of organisations, embassies, central/local governments, businesses, communities, and schools. She is also enthusiastic to work with young people – our future leaders.
She is a food lover and enjoys tennis, yoga, reading, and movies.
Vice President: Ray Wallace (Lower Hutt)
Ray believes strongly in the Sister Cities philosophy of extending friendship with other countries and celebrating cultural diversity. He is in his second term as Vice-president of Sister Cities New Zealand. Originally from Scotland, Ray came to New Zealand as a 3 year old but remains very proud of his Scottish heritage.
Ray served as a City Councillor before his election as Mayor of Lower Hutt in October 2010. It was his strong sense of service to the community and interest in local democracy spurred him to stand for public office.
As Mayor, he has strengthened relationships with Lower Hutt’s sister cities of Tempe in the United States and Minoh in Japan. He is also the Chairman of the Hutt Minoh Friendship Trust. In addition to his council responsibilities, he also serves on various community organisations, including as a trustee of the Vogel Charitable Trust and as patron of the Hutt Valley Disabled Resources Trust. Ray has been a Justice of the Peace for 22 years.
He and his wife Linda Goss-Wallace, who is an International Relations Manager, enjoy spending any spare time they have with family and friends.
Director: Bernard Duncan (Christchurch)
Bernard is now semi-retired and works as a part time Trust Manager. He is married to Jane with three adult children and three grandchildren. His career has included farming the family sheep and crop farm and then setting up a financial planning business providing investment and estate planning advice.
Outside of work he has chaired the Christchurch China Sister City committee since 2010, been a secondary school Board of Trustee chairman from 2000 to 2011 and back in 1979 was the New Zealand president of the Young Farmers Club organisation.
In 1995 he was appointed as a JP and is a member of the Institute of Directors.
Director: Marcus Boshier (Wellington)
Director: Donna Favel (Ashburton)
Advisor: Rex Capil (Southland)
Kaupapa Maori Advisor: Kura Moeahu (Wellington)
Advisor: Luke Qin JP (Wellington)
National Administrator: Jess Corbett
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Newsletter Editor: Caroline Pope
Caroline is a graphic designer working in marketing, who enjoys sewing, reading, hiking, and her two sausage dogs.
Living in Japan for a year on the JET Programme in 2011 opened her eyes to a different culture and the life-changing personal and professional benefits that come with having that experience. She wants to continue being involved with exchanges between New Zealand and other countries around the world and encourages others to participate.
Caroline hopes to be able to use various forms of communication to be able to showcase the work of SCNZ with a variety of people; including members as well as those who don’t yet know about SCNZ.
Youth Sub-Committee Member: Raewyn MacGregor
Raewyn MacGregor, originally from Auckland but now Lower Hutt based, works in a government department for her day job. In her spare time she plays taiko, runs and is part of the SCNZ Youth Sub-committee as well as Hutt Minoh Friendship House Trust.
Previously, Raewyn has been a volunteer with the JET Programme Alumni Association (JETAA) where she was Country Representative from 2015 to 2017, having been treasurer of the Wellington chapter and prior to that secretary of the Auckland chapter.
Her upbringing sparked a passion for internationalism and connection which she puts to use helping sister cities groups.